Sunnie Chan

  • Info hub of M+ Mobile Yaumatei Exhibition. Photo courtesy of parallel lab
  • Installation Shot of The Designer's Heart Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Gallery 27
  • Installation shot of Departure. Photo courtesy of Gallery 27

Design Trust and the Royal College of Art are delighted to announce the 2018 Design Trust / RCA Fellow Sunnie Chan.

Design Trust and the Royal College of Art are delighted to announce the 2018 Design Trust / RCA Fellow Sunnie Chan.

At the Royal College of Art, 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?


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Fellow: Sunnie Chan

Sunnie Chan is a design exhibition-maker based in Hong Kong. She holds degrees from the University of Essex majoring History of Art & Film Studies, and the Hong Kong Baptist University in MA Communication. As an independent and with Gallery 27, one of the few design-focused galleries in Hong Kong spanning across graphics, photography and design objects, she has taken part in projects including “M+ Mobile: Yaumatei” (2012), “The Designer’s Heart: Sori Yanagi” (2015), “Hong Kong Department Store” (2016) and “Very Hong Kong Very Hong Kong” (2017). In 2018, Sunnie was a Research Associate for M+ museum on Hong Kong graphic design and the museum’s opening display. Her research fellowship at the RCA, including prototyping event “Design Curators Clinic” and a placement at the Learning Department of the V&A Museum, centred on emerging practices of design curating and its contribution to cultural learning.

Organisation: Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art 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: .

Project Progress: Design Curators Clinic

On February 8 2019, the daylong event “Design Curators Clinic” allowed those interested in curating events to consult and discuss curatorial practices. Participants were invited to collaborate and share their ideas on curation tactics, and provide constructive feedback among each other. The event also featured Zara Arshad, Sam Jacob, Catharine Rossi, Jana Scholze, and Salma Tuqan.

Design Curators Clinic curated by Sunnie Chan.

Design Curators Clinic curated by Sunnie Chan; Courtesy of Sunnie Chan

Project Result: Design Trust/ RCA Design Curation Public Lecture 2019

Date: 24 April 2019 (Wednesday)

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Venue: Miller Theatre, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong


Mina Song (2017 Design Trust / RCA Fellow)

Sunnie Chan (2018 Design Trust / RCA Fellow)


Marisa Yiu (Co-founder and Executive Director, Design Trust)

Doryun Chong (Deputy Director, Curatorial and Chief Curator, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District)

Addressing the burgeoning field of design curating in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area region in a global context, DESIGN TRUST / RCA FELLOWSHIP IN DESIGN CURATION provides advanced research into curatorial practice in relation to contemporary design and recent design history. Returned from the Royal College of Art in London, Fellows Mina Song and Sunnie Chan will present their research exploring curatorial practice and theory in relation to existing and emergent design disciplines, and its place within the interdisciplinary curatorial field.

More details about Design Trust/ RCA Design Curation Public Lecture 2019 here