Design Trust / RCA Fellowship in Design Curation

Sunnie Chan

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 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.


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/ .