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.
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile
CHAT 2021 Research Grant
CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) is launching CHAT 2021 Research Grant! Amounted to HK$ 60,000, the grant encourages researchers from around the globe to inject new perspectives into the studies of textile manufacturing histories of Hong Kong and beyond.
The successful applicant will produce a research paper on subjects related to Hong Kong’s textile industry. CHAT welcomes transregional perspectives and cross-disciplinary approaches that highlight under-discussed narratives in Hong Kong’s textile industrial history.
For more details, please refer to CHAT 2021 Research Grant
Exhibition view: Welcome to the Spinning Factory!,
CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile), Hong Kong, 2019
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