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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 and heritage.
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile
CHAT Research Grant
The CHAT Research Grant aims to encourage researchers from around the globe to investigate issues and highlight narratives relating to the textile manufacturing histories of Hong Kong and beyond.
The successful applicant of the grant is entitled to receive a HK$60,000 (Hong Kong Dollars Sixty Thousand) research grant for completing a Research Paper and Presentation to CHAT’s appointed jury by the end of March, 2024. CHAT welcomes transregional perspectives and cross-disciplinary approaches that highlight under-discussed narratives in Hong Kong’s textile industrial history.
CHAT invites independent scholars, researchers, archivists, writers and postgraduate students capable of conducting independent research to apply. Selection will be conducted by CHAT’s assigned scholars, professional researchers as well as CHAT’s curatorial team.
Applicants are required to submit a Proposal via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2023, 23:59 HKT (UTC+8). Please refer to the document below for application details.