In SYB Circles, young artists and academics are encouraged to experiment with media other than critical texts to reflect on SYB’s residents and their projects. Their ideas and reflections will be expressed through podcasts, dialogues, talks or live events. In doing so, SYB aims to investigate the role that different new media can play in the field of art criticism.

In 2012, Kunsthuis SYB started the Writers Program, in which writers and critics reacted and reflected on the art works that were produced during artists’ residencies. Many former participants in the writers program have since written for national art magazines and newspapers such as Metropolis M and De Volkskrant.

The new members of SYB Circles will also be linked to a residency project, and will enter into a dialogue with the artist in order to arrive at a new (form of) reflection. Criticism in the broadest sense of the word may help an artist move forward, increase insight into their own work; it can challenge and inspire. Critics, in short, can create context. With SYB Circles, Kunsthuis SYB aims to explore plural forms for new art criticism without losing sight of a critics potential role. The results of SYB Circles are shared with our audience through SYB’s website and other digital channels.

Writers program 2017-2018:
Alix de Massiac, Menno Vuister, Angharad Williams, Ananda Serné, Céline Mathieu, Arianne Kamsteeg, Agnes Winter.

Writers program 2015-2016:
Marian Cousijn, Docus van der Made, Julia Steenhuisen, Judith Spijksma, Anne Marijn Voorhorst, Agnes Winter.