Credit: Jan van Eyck Academie

Future Materials


Future Materials is a multidisciplinary knowledge platform that promotes and disseminates knowledge about sustainable materials. Its core aim is to support the transition towards ecologically-conscious art and design practices.
At the heart of the project is the Future Materials Bank, an online archive of sustainable materials developed by artists and designers from all over the world. The website aims to democratize available knowledge and trigger inspiration for future research.

The Future Materials Lab complements the online archive with a physical collection of material samples. In this space, practitioners can check the material samples and ask for specific advice concerning their applications and possible developments.

Credit: Jesse Adler, Courtesy of CHILL and the Jan van Eyck Academie

The online and offline dimensions of Future Materials are bridged through the Future Materials Encounters, a program of workshops that aims to connect the different communities of the program and to foster dialogues about, through, and with materials.

To support material experimentation, the program has also started the Future Materials Fellowship, a short-residency program that offers artists and designers time, space, and infrastructure to further their material research.


Future Materials is a project by the Jan van Eyck Academie. It receives support from Innovationlabs, a program on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Creative Industries Fund NL, and CLICKNL. Previously supported by the DOEN Foundation.

Future Materials is part of GALA – Green Art Lab Alliance and collaborates with the MA program Material Futures at Central Saint Martin (UK) and with CHILL – Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs, at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus (NL).


Future Materials is a project by the Jan van Eyck Academie and first launched in October 2020. While starting with a small collection of materials in the online Bank, the project has now diversified into a hybrid program consisting of a physical sample collection, a series of workshop, educational initiatives, and fellowship. With a large network of partners, collaborators, freelancers, and fellows, the current core team includes Giulia Bellinetti as coordinator, Pleun van Dijk as curator, Jaap Knevel as designer, and Rhett Leinster as researcher.