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Material Incubator

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Material Incubator: Artist-in-Residence Program

Discover the crossroads of art, design, and technology in the heart of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Immerse yourself in an innovative environment where creativity meets scientific exploration.

About the Program

The Material Incubator’s artist-in-residence program immerses international researchers, artists,and designers in the vibrant culture of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, located within the St. Joost School of Art and Design at Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Why Join Us?

As the world grapples with multifaceted challenges like climate change, energy transitions, and societal disparities, the role of artists and designers in prompting change has never been more pertinent. We aim to challenge conventional thinking and inspire innovative solutions by fusing artistic creativity with scientific processes.

Facilities and Resources

Participants will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities like our bio lab, the Material Incubator and a host of equipment and workshops at Avans and ACI. Collaborative opportunities abound, with connections to ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s creative hubs like Spark. With an emphasis on fostering a symbiotic relationship with the city, artists can harness inspiration from their surroundings and partake inthe vibrant arts community.

Engaging with the Community

Our program prioritizes interaction with local artists, students, and organizations in ‘s-Hertogenbosch to foster shared projects, exhibitions, and events that highlight the work of our residents while promoting individual growth and community engagement.


The convergence of art and science offers endless possibilities, from creating biologically inspired masterpieces to designing immersive experiences that leverage cutting-edge technology.

What We Offer

  • A competitive stipend based on a freelancer fee OR a paid internship of 250 euros per month,
  • Material costs covered (between 5k€ and 10k€, contingent on your work plan),
  • Travel reimbursements for trips to and from ‘s-Hertogenbosch,
  • An invaluable network of professors and researchers, both within and outside Avans,
  • Workspace within the EKP building in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, complete with exhibition,
  • Access to our state-of-the-art Biolab, the Material Incubator, and a variety of workshops in the EKP.

Join us in this journey of discovery, creation, and collaboration. Unleash your potential, and let’s redefine the future together. For more information: contact the Caradt Office (

Nisalyna Bontiff — Former intern at MI Lab

Nisalyna Bontiff studies Environmental Science at ESSET, Avans. In her third year of the programme she engaged in an internship with the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoE BBE), which comprised research in the MI Lab.

Nisalyna: “I was tasked with the main goal of developing thicker mycelium boards and testing the mechanical properties of the material. A key aspect of my research involved my growing mycelium-based composites (MBCs) in the MI Lab.

“Working in the lab was a rich learning experience. I gained more confidence in executing lab procedures. I also developed a fondness for lab work; something I initially thought I would not enjoy. My favourite part of the experience was the serenity of working in a well-equipped environment and learning more about other lab users’ projects. I recommend working in the MI lab to future scientists/researchers. The lab supervisors have created a sterile and accessible space. Not only is there space for learning more about lab procedures and overall lab care, but there is always guidance and assistance right around the corner if you need it.”

Florentina Calcan - Former intern at MI Lab

Florentina Calcan studies at ESSET, Avans. Through a 6-month internship with Caradt working on the collaborative Mythic project, she has been able to delve deeper into the research ‘User Acceptance of Mycelium Materials’.

Florentina: “The focus of my internship was to assess the current user acceptance of mycelium materials. My method was to give students a piece of material to use, and then interview them and ask about their experience. To do this, I worked in the MI Lab, where I created my prototypes. Curious to learn more about the possible enhancement of the material’s insulation capability, these prototypes were mycelium cup warmers. 

“I adored designing, experimenting, and creating in the lab. I enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere and the lunch breaks where all researchers and interns gathered and talked.

“Moreover, it allowed me to grow professionally and be more confident in this work field.

“I recommend this to all the students keen on exploring, while simultaneously understanding the importance of rules.”