Design Trust and M+ are pleased to announce that Leah Hsiao and Flora Weil have been awarded the 2023 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship.
The jury of the 2023 fellowship consists of Design Trust Chairman of the Board Kamsen Lau, Design Trust Co-founder and Executive Director Marisa Yiu, M+ Lead Curator, Design and Architecture Ikko Yokoyama, M+ Curator, Design and Architecture Shirley Surya and Het Nieuwe Instituut General and Artistic Director, Aric Chen.
‘Design Trust is proud to support awarded fellows Leah Hsiao and Flora Weil. Their proposals address and advocate the positive role of design through rigorous research from the past to the future, from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and the Greater Bay Area to the global stage, looking at urgent challenges on education and climate awareness,‘ says Design Trust Executive Director Marisa Yiu.
‘The two awarded proposals reflect the wide spectrum of M+’s curatorial interest through archive-based historical research in design and architectural production that have shaped the region in relationship to Hong Kong, as well as the use of varied methodologies in unraveling the role of design in and effect on ongoing social or ecological phenomenon across Asia’, says Ikko Yokoyama of M+.
Since 2015, the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship programme has supported original research projects investigating issues relating to design and architecture in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and Asia through a transnational lens. In addition to expanding the current body of knowledge in these areas, the findings from the fellowship will inform research on the existing collection, future acquisitions, and other programmes at M+. Past Fellows include designers and historians Ling Fan, Joseph Grima, Juliana Kei, Daniel Cooper, Thomas Daniell, Hugh Davies, Fan Lok Yi, Sampson Wong, Oliver Elser, Yasmin Tri Aryani, Jason Lau, Mark Wasiuta, Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Emily Verla Bovino and Anouchka van Driel.