Design Trust and the Royal College of Art are delighted to announce the two 2018 Design Trust / RCA Fellows Carrie Chan and Sunnie Chan.
At the RCA Carrie Chan 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.
Carrie Chan holds degrees in MA Fashion Design and Enterprise from the University of Westminster, and Journalism and Communications from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Carrie was Senior Curator of the Design Society in Shenzhen, where she curated the exhibitions “Minding the Digital” and “Craft The Reset”. Carrie was also recently selected by the Institut Francais as one of ten Chinese curators to engage in cultural exchange with French museums.
During her time on the Fellowship, Sunnie Chan 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?
Sunnie Chan holds degrees in History of Art & Film Studies from the University of Essex, and MA Communication from Hong Kong Baptist University. She is a prolific curator particularly around the cultural heritage of graphic design in Hong Kong, working as Project Consultant with Project 27/Space 27 and Research Associate at M+, where she contributed to exhibitions including Mobile M+: Yaumatei.
The Design Trust/RCA Fellowship in Design Curation was established in 2017 with support from Design Trust, an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design. Open to applicants based in Hong Kong or the Greater Pearl River Delta region, the Fellowship addresses the burgeoning field of design curating in a global context and locates it within the interdisciplinary curatorial field. It enables scholars to carry out research at the RCA, supported by a tailored programme of academic training designed to broaden their knowledge and skills in curatorial practice, theory and understanding of design.