Atelier LUMA by Jan Boelen
by Jan Boelen, its artistic director
In 2016, LUMA Arles launched Atelier LUMA as a program of an experimental cultural center under construction in Arles in the South of France. Drawing on Maja Hoffmann’s vision to create a cross-disciplinary center that builds on local resources, materials, know-how and talent of Arles and beyond, Atelier LUMA is a think tank, a production workshop and a learning network.
Atelier LUMA creates new and sustainable ways of using the natural and cultural resources of the bioregion. From agricultural waste recycling to the promotion of traditional craft, as well as the facilitation of encounters between audacious creators, Atelier LUMA develops local solutions to global issues. Atelier LUMA's team and the participants to the project come from various horizons: designers, architects, craftsmen, engineers, botanists and web developers from all over the world gather every day to rethink the future of the territory and enhance its dynamization. Central to their approach are the greater implementation of circular economic practices, a further engagement with nature and community alike and the use of design as a tool for transition.
Since its foundation in 2016, Atelier LUMA conducts projects connected to six strategic themes: Waste Matters, Producing (in) the City, Healthy Mobility, Next Hospitality, Food Circle, Circular Education.
The work of Atelier LUMA can be consulted both online, in this repository, and on-site at the Parc des Ateliers, LUMA Arles.