Plastic Justice - raising awareness about plastic pollution

Plastic Justice is a pan-European educational collaboration between five art and design academies in The Hague, Reykjavík, Barcelona, London and Vilnius. Together with regional environmentally engaged NGOs and scientists, the educational programme includes a conference, exhibition and website, and focusses on the long-term impact of invisible micro-plastics on the human body.

The collaboration aims to create new knowledge through cross-academic exchange and field-research promoting conscious design education for an upcoming generation.

Plastic Justice is funded by the Strategic Partnership programme of the European Union. Participating schools are: the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Iceland University of the Arts in Reykjavík, Elisava in Barcelona, Central Saint Martins (UAL) in London and Vilnius Academy of Art together with ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts.

The project runs from September 2020 to August 2022.

For more information please visit:

www.plasticjustice.eu

Events and activities organised by the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK)

On behalf of the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, selected students and teaching staff of the Master Non Linear Narrative (NLN) participate in this pan-European educational collaboration. Listed below are some of their activities organised within the context of the Plastic Justice project.

Kick-off at the KABK

The Master Non Linear Narrative kicked-off Plastic Justice in February 2021 at the KABK with an introduction programme including lectures by Alice Twemlow, Associate Professor at Leiden University, Madhuri Prabhakar, Laura Díaz Sánchez and Anna van der Vliet, campaigners from Dutch environmental advocacy group Plastic Soup Foundation.

Kick-off Plastic Justice project at the KABK
Laura Díaz Sánchez, Campaigner Microplastics, presenting initiatives to ban microplastics - photo by Roel Backaert

Expert Day

In April 2021 an Expert Day event was hosted online by the Non Linear Narrative with Ama van Dantzig, Donald Weber, Katarzyna Cwiertka, David Muñoz-Alcántara, Patricia Corcoran, Brooke Singer, Heather Davis.

Plastic Justice Expert Day event

Recordings of the presentations are available to watch here.

Exhibition

During the Plastic Health Summit on 21 October 2021, students from the master Non Linear Narrative together with their peers from Reykjavík, Barcelona, London and Vilnius, presented a selection of their works in which they examined the impact of invisible micro-plastics on the environment.

Plastic Justice exhibition at Plastic Health Summit 2021
exhibition at Theater Amsterdam - photo by Roel Backaert

Visitors of the conference at Theater Amsterdam included an international audience from NGOs, local government organisations and scientists. The event was a great opportunity for students to have elaborate discussions with professionals from the field and receive some first-hand knowledge from experts at the forefront of the fight against plastic pollution.

For more information about this project and an online repository of information about microplastics and health please visit:

www.plasticjustice.eu

Programmes