Making Futures: Beyond Objects – Materiality at the Edge of Making

4 April 2024

Deadline: April 15, 2024

Making Futures 2024 have released an open call for papers and participation.

Making Futures, taking place over the 17th, 18th and 19th October in Plymouth, UK and online, is a conference that will explore craft encounters with current material innovations where artists, artisans, designers and others work across disciplines and communities toward a more equitable, sustainable and resilient world.

Contributions are invited from designers, artists, makers, educators, scholars, policymakers, scientists, and any creator or curator of culture on the topics covered in the upcoming conference focused on areas of material practice and craft that are breaking new ground.

They are most interested in aspects of material-led creative practices and innovations that expand traditional techniques into new domains of design practice, knowledge production and exchange, interdisciplinary thinking and making, cross-cultural learning, material hybridity, speculative or new materialism, creative and material ecologies, models of art/science pedagog, small-scale and distributed material production, circularity in material practice and education, and other physical and philosophical interfaces between life, matter, and creativity.

How to Apply


Making Futures 2024 recommends you read the track descriptions in full prior to starting your submission process to become familiar with the content and aim of each track. In the submission process, you can select up to a maximum of two tracks per submission.


Submissions are being accepted in the following formats:

  • Conference Paper
  • Panel proposal
  • Poster session
  • Material Workshop
  • Masterclass


Find out application specifications, track descriptions and important information on applying here.

Deadline to apply, 15th April.


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