CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) is a part of the heritage conservation project of The Mills, the former cotton-spinning mills of Nan Fung Textiles in Tsuen Wan. Through its multifaceted curated programmes, which include exhibitions and co-learning programmes, CHAT aims to be an art centre that weaves creative experiences for all.
Inspired by the fundamental structure of warps and wefts in woven textile, CHAT’s logo reflects our mission – to integrate different voices, disciplines and practices. Eight distinctive colours were developed from architectural features in the factory buildings as well as features reminiscent of Hong Kong’s textile industry.
In the state of geo-political turmoil in the 1950s Asia Pacific, the textile industry in Hong Kong sowed its seed and achieved a rapid development throughout the latter half of the twentieth century. Today, CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) represents a new place of new beginnings in the next phase of Hong Kong and Asia’s textile arts development and innovation.
Paying homage to the progressive energy of Hong Kong’s textile industry in the past and taking advantage of the multiple meanings associated with plain cotton yarn, CHAT will tell the stories of Hong Kong’s textile industrial history and beyond, challenge the conventional meanings of textile arts and present myriad interpretations of textile material and subject matters. We invite our visitors to experience the spirit of the innovative legacy of Hong Kong's textile industry and engage in new dialogues and inspirational journeys that interweave contemporary art, design, heritage and community.
Takahashi Mizuki and Teoh Chin Chin
Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile
CHAT 2020 Research Grant
CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) is pleased to announce the open call for applications for the CHAT 2020 Research Grant of HK$60,000, which will encourage researchers to engage in new ways of narrating Hong Kong’s textile industry.
Applicants are requested to conduct independent research on subjects related to Hong Kong’s textile industry from transregional and/or cross-cultural perspectives that can highlight new narratives. The aim will be to illustrate fresh perspectives on the textile industrial history of Hong Kong.
Applicants are required to submit a research proposal by 30 November, 2019, and the result of the grant award will be announced in March 2020. The successful applicant is expected to produce a research paper of 8,000-12,000 words (footnotes and captions included) on subjects related to Hong Kong’s textile industry.
For more details please refer to CHAT 2020 Research Grant