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Wednesday 17 July 2024

10:00am - 16:00pm

STEAMhouse, Belmont Works, Cardigan St, Birmingham B4 7RQ

Exploring our sustainable future through Biomaterials – join us for an open day of materials exploration in the STEAMhouse materials lab.

Materials Club invites practitioners to join us in the STEAMhouse materials lab to explore and share biomaterials developments with our community of practitioners. Each month the STEAMhouse creative laboratory opens for a free 1-day session, inviting new and existing members of materials club to make use of the workshop facilities to explore parts of their ongoing biomaterials practice. This is a great opportunity to come and visit the space and meet other active members of the community exploring areas such as fungi cultivation, bacterial cellulose, plant dying, biomass material development and much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet dedicated technicians working in the space to answer any questions and support with business/project ideas.

Where is this event?

This event will be held in-person at STEAMhouse Birmingham in the Materials workshop. The lab space will be open from 10am until 4pm with a 1hr communal lunch between 1-2pm. There is a cafe onsite and bike lockup if needed.

Who can come along?

Anyone! Individuals, businesses, artists, designers, materials scientists, students, academics, makers, researchers, and anyone else in between!

This event is for members and non-members.

What is Materials Club?

Materials Club has been active as a community-led research group in Birmingham since 2019. Now in its fifth year, it has become a creative-led research space exploring questions related to our ecological future through deep material practices.

We support and cultivate projects that look to use materials in new, different, and sustaining ways. This includes working with waste, nature, and within the values of circular design. We encourage collaboration and open conversation allowing new knowledge to be shared and developed collectively. This is a space to be inspired, learn, engage, and become part of a growing community.

How else can I get involved?

Keep an eye on our Instagram page @sarah_earthli_projects or drop us an email at to find out more.


STEAMhouse Forward is fully-funded by the UK government through the UKSPF (UK Shared Prosperity Fund) supporting Birmingham & Solihull businesses to innovate, collaborate and grow.  The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local initiatives by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit Application forms are now open to all Birmingham and Solihull businesses to innovation, collaborate and grow via this link


Birmingham City University’s (BCU) STEAMhouse also proudly offers funded memberships to local digital SMEs through the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme called Digital Direction. This collaboration aims to fuel growth and innovation within the region for digital industry by providing exclusive access to resources, events, and mentoring opportunities.

Successful applicants gain entry to STEAMhouse’s Digital Labs, equipped with cutting-edge technology and business and industry mentors to facilitate hands-on experimentation and skill development. Supported by Barclays Eagle Labs, the Digital Direction initiative fosters a collaborative environment, driving digital innovation and creating valuable opportunities for local entrepreneurs and graduates. Find out about applying for Digital Direction via this link