A member of the design team of The Mills will guide us through the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT), which is a part of the heritage conservation project of The Mills and is scheduled to open in mid-March 2019.
A destination consisting of a business incubator (Fabrica), experiential retail (Shopfront), and CHAT, a non-profit art centre, The Mills is a landmark revitalization of the defunct cotton spinning mills of Nan Fung Group in Tsuen Wan. Anchoring on the textile metaphor, CHAT weaves creative experiences for all.
Through CHAT’s own curated multi-faceted programmes that will include exhibitions and co-learning programmes, visitors can experience the spirit of the innovative legacy of Hong Kong textile industry and engage in new dialogues and inspirational journeys that exemplify the confluence of contemporary art, design, craft and textile culture.
CHAT’s collection encompasses two fundamental categories: objects that witness the heritage and legacy of the local textile industry from 1940s onwards, as well as contemporary artworks by outstanding artists mainly from Asia Pacific region.
CHAT’s inaugural exhibitions consist of (1) a permanent exhibition at The D. H. Chen Foundation Gallery which will present an interactive journey through Hong Kong’s textile industrial history, through various visual experience, hands-on experiential workshops and communication with CHAT team and (2) a contemporary art exhibition which will feature various artists from Asia Pacific region with site specific works.
In the state of geo-political turmoil in Asia Pacific in the 1950s, the textile industry in Hong Kong sowed its seed and achieved the rapid development throughout the latter half of the twentieth century. Today, CHAT will represent a new place for new beginnings in the next phase of Hong Kong and Asia’s textile arts and innovation.
Paying homage to the progressive energy in Hong Kong’s textile industry in the past and taking advantage of 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.