In the transition towards global sustainability, artists cannot stay behind.

The Future Materials Bank is a crowd-sourced archive of materials that support and promote the transition towards a more sustainable artistic practice. By collecting information and samples from makers around the world, the databank aims to democratize and produce new knowledge about these future-proof materials. Through our workshops, seminars, and collaborations, we attempt to (re)define what is and what constitutes a sustainable material.

The bank is an initiative of the Nature Research department at the Jan van Eyck Academie, in collaboration with the MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins (UAL) and the Green Art Lab Alliance.

The Future Materials Bank is continuously growing, being updated, and always open to new suggestions. You can become part of the bank by submitting your future material.