Design Trust / RCA Fellowship in Design Curation

Design Trust / RCA Fellowship

Sunnie Chan / Royal College of Art

The two Design Trust/RCA Fellows in Design Curation for 2018 are Carrie Chan and Sunnie Chan.

At the RCA Carrie will be exploring how China's Internet culture is changing self-representation and expression through fashion artefacts – both objects and images – and developing a curatorial framework for discussing fashion’s social and cultural significance through a virtual or immaterial experience. 

During her time on the Fellowship, Sunnie will investigate how visual culture, visual communication and graphic design might facilitate opening design for everyone, in particular how curatorial practice might contribute to this, asking: what is an exhibition that is meaningful for the city?

About Sunnie Chan

Sunnie Chan holds degrees from the University of Essex in History of Art & Film Studies, and the Hong Kong Baptist University in MA Communication, and has more than 10 years of experience in exhibition-making and curating, through projects including “M+ Mobile: Yaumatei” (M+, 2012), “Building Hong Kong: Redwhiteblue” (Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 2004), “My China: My Life” (Shanghai Art Museum, 2007) and “Very Hong Kong Very Hong Kong” (Hong Kong, 2017). Since 2010, Sunnie has been running Gallery 27, a design gallery that aims to promote creativity and aesthetics across different disciplines, and support local and overseas talents through curated exhibitions, events and public programs. She was also Research Associate of Hong Kong visual culture for M+ museum, working closely with the curatorial team on the research of Hong Kong graphic design, and took part in planning the museum’s opening display. During her stay in London, she is interested in exploring how curating design fosters design thinking, establish cultural identities and open up new professional opportunities in design ecology.


Info hub of M+ Mobile Yaumatei ehibition. Photo courtesy of parallel lab Installation shot of Departure. Photo courtesy of Gallery 27 Installation shot of IN OUTPUT. Photo courtesy of Gallery 27 Installation Shot of The Designer's Heart Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Gallery 27 Installation Shot of Very Hong Kong Very Hong Kong exhibition Installation Shot of Very Hong Kong Very Hong Kong exhibition_02
Installation Shot of The Designer's Heart Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Gallery 27


About the Partnering Institution:

The RCA is widely recognised as an international leader in the fields of curating and history of design. Established for over 25 years, the College’s Curating Contemporary Art programme offers collaborative project-based experiences and learning that integrate theory and practice. The V&A/RCA History of Design programme teaches and researches cultural, social, economic, political and technological history through artefacts and our interactions with them. Projects and expertise range across global geographies, from the fifteenth century to the contemporary, and draw on cognate areas such as geography, performance studies and design practice. The Fellow will have access to RCA’s world-leading teaching, staff expertise and networks throughout the 12-month programme. For more information please visit: https://www.rca.ac.uk/ .