19 October till 3 November 2019

Sybren Hellinga Art Prize


Kunsthuis SYB is proud to announce a group exhibition at SYB, which will open on October 19. The exhibition features works Caz Egelie, Vytautas Kumža, Alina Lupu, Samuel Otte and Natalia Papaeva. 

19 September 2019 till 30 September 2018


SYB welcomes Piet Zwart Institute

With: Yanick Soland, Petter Dahlstroem Persson, Jamie Kane, Daphne Simons, Josie Perry, Berglind Erna Tryggvadottir, Jake Caleb, Annabelle Binnerts, Lukas Messner, Lucia B. Mendoza and Bernd Krauss.

14 till 15 September 2019

Jasper Coppes – An Unfinished Ode to Mud

Presentation & symposium

Jasper Coppes has been working at SYB since August this year. At SYB, Jasper has been editing a film he shot in Greenland over the Summer, and is also using the location of Beetsterzwaag to research the Frisian landscape (especially the Wadden).

5 August till 15 September 2019

Residency – Jasper Coppes

Jasper Coppes will be in residence from the 5th of August, and he will be presenting his work at SYB on Saturday the 14th of September (during Open Monumentendag). While in Beetsterzwaag, Jasper will be working on a film he shot in Greenland, but he will also be researching the Frisian landscape. In recent work, […]

23 July 2019

Shortlist announced for the 8th Sybren Hellinga Art Prize


Kunsthuis SYB is pleased to announce the nominees for the Sybren Hellinga Art Prize 2019. The jury, consisting of Peter van der Es (initiator and director Unfair, Amsterdam), Nathalie Hartjes (director MAMA, Rotterdam), Milena Naef (winner of the 7th Sybren Hellinga Art Prize), and Louwrien Wijers (artist), have nominated the following artists: Caz Egelie, Vytautas […]

28 July 2019

Old House Noises (the Sleeper, the Dreamer and the Guard) – Ash Kilmartin


We are pleased to invite you to the presentation of Old House Noises (the Sleeper, the Dreamer and the Guard), a publication-in by Ash Kilmartin. Her 6-week residency at SYB will be concluded on the 28th of July, with a reading of her work accompanied by the Groningen Vocal Exploration Choir, and a conversation with Vanessa van ‘t […]

22 till 23 June 2019

Art Weekend Beetsterzwaag

Work by Ash Kilmartin shown during the Beetsterzwaag Art Weekend

From 22 June, Ash Kilmartin will be a resident at SYB, where she will be working on her project Klokkenstoel (Manuscript Illuminations). In the first weekend of her residency, during the Art Weekend of Beetsterzwaag, she will share an installation that was previously shown in Attent, Rotterdam.

3 May till 19 June 2019

Saken van Staet en Oorlogh (Matters of State and War)

Residency Seán Hannan

In May and June, Kunsthuis SYB welcomes Dutch/Irish artist Seán Hannan. He will delve into the controversial 17th diplomat, historian, and publicist Lieuwe van Aitzema, who has been branded a spy and a traitor by many historians.

26 April 2019

SYB presents: SYB Circles


Foto: uit 'Drach', van Josje Hattink (2017). Haar project werd beschreven in de tekst 'Wie niet weg is wordt gezien' door Alix de Massiac (Schrijversprogramma 2017/2018)

On Friday the 26th of April, SYB is launching SYB Circles, a continuation and expansion of SYB’s Writers Programme. Date: Friday 26 April Time: 2pm – 6pm (+ drinks and snacks) Language: Dutch In SYB Circles, young artists and academics are encouraged to experiment with media other than critical texts to reflect on SYB’s residents […]

11 March 2019

Video work Jort van der Laan, developed at SYB, acquired by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam


image: Jort van der Laan, Neither of Us is Powerless, 2018, video, 8-minute loop, courtesy the artist

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has recently announced that it has acquired a number of artworks from eight contemporary artists. Their works are on view now, in the exhibition Freedom of Movement. Stedelijk Museum also purchased the video work Neither of Us is Powerless by Jort van der Laan, and Kunsthuis SYB is proud to have contributed […]

19 February till 3 March 2019

Seven artists, at SYB for 24 hours each

A collaboration with Minerva Art Academy, Groningen

Hoe is het eigenlijk om te gast te zijn in een residency? En wat kun je doen en maken in 24 uur? In februari en maart nemen een aantal kunstenaars de proef op de som tijdens de 24-uurs residency in Kunsthuis SYB. Met: Radina Kordova en Kamile Cesnaviciute, Marieke Grunnewijk, Sven ten Berge, Jorien Ketelaar en Lola Diaz Cantoni, Laura Bolscher.

7 January 2019

essay Céline Mathieu

A piece of blue velvet hanging

Review of A PIECE OF BLUE VELVET HANGING, Ben Cain en Jort van der Laan, 27–28 oktober 2018

4 January 2019

New General Director


Josine Sibum Siderius becomes the new general director of kunsthuis SYB

11 December 2018

Artistic director Maritt Kuipers says goodbye to SYB


Maritt op de Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm

Last August, artistic director Maritt S. Kuipers said goodbye to SYB. Maritt had been closely involved with SYB since 2010. After a period of four years as a member of the Programming Committee and interim coordinator, she became SYB’s Artistic Director in October 2014. Maritt was responsible for the development and implementation of our artistic […]

15 December 2018


residency Sabrina Chou and Micha Zweifel

You are invited to join us for our last dinner on Saturday, 15th of December, 2018 at 18:00 at Kunsthuis SYB. We will be in the company of artist Toon Fibbe and art historian/gallerist Fred Wagemans, who will join us in preparing the meal we will share together. While we eat and drink, we will […]

1 December 2018

A mouth for a stew second dinner

residency Sabrina Chou and Micha Zweifel

Still from Bob’s Burgers, “An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal,” Season 3 Episode 5, Directed by Tyree Dillihay, Written by Lizzie Molyneux and Wendy Molyneux, 20th Television, November 18, 2012.

You are invited to join us for the second dinner at Kunsthuis SYB on Saturday, 1st of December, 2018 at 18:00.  We will be in the company of writer and educator Vivian Sky Rehberg and  urban forester Bernd Krauss, who will join us in preparing the meal we will share together. While we eat and drink, […]

21 November 2018


Sabrina Chou and Micha Zweifel

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Peasant Wedding, 1567, 114 x 164 cm, Oil on panel, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

As artists we continuously chew on what has already been digested. We repurpose, augment, regorge and attempt the performance of authenticity. We participate in a collective process of cultural digestion and regurgitation, a cannibalistic cycle of consumption and production. If we participate in this metabolic process, whose life are we sustaining? The production of thought […]

27 October 2018

A Piece of Blue Velvet Hanging

Presentation CPVA residents Ben Cain, Jort van der Laan

image: Jort van der Laan, Neither of Us is Powerless, 2018, video, 8-minute loop, courtesy the artist

A two-day exhibition by Ben Cain and Jort van der Laan that’s concerned with the changing definitions of, and the porosity between bodies and things. October 27 & 28, 2018 13.00 – 17.00 Ben Cain (UK, 1975) and Jort van der Laan (NL, 1986) were selected for a two-stage residency program organized by the King’s […]

8 June till 22 July 2018

Notes of the Receptionist

Residency Anne Marijn Voorhorst, Minne Kersten, Marlena von Wedel & Charlott Weise

The slowness, the patience, the receptiveness, the stagnation. Certainly not starting positions where you think: it’s gonna happen now! No, silence prevails; we wait in expectation, in limbo. Passivity opens a world that we’d rather not see. We prefer a world of action: achieving goals, making statements. Bam, bam, bam! Why do we actually view passivity as something […]