In SYB Circles, young artists and academics are encouraged to experiment with all types of media 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 artworks that were produced during artists’ residencies. Many former participants in the writer’s program have since written for national art magazines and newspapers such as Metropolis M and De Volkskrant.

The members of SYB Circles are 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, and 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 critic’s potential role. The results of SYB Circles are shared with our audience through SYB’s website and other (digital) channels.

SYB Circles 2022-2023:
Josje Hattink, Liza Voetman, Vanessa van ‘t Hoogt, Alina Lupu, Anika Mariam Ahmed

SYB Circles 2019-2021:
Josje Hattink, Brenda Tempelaar, Liza Voetman, Anna-Rosja Haveman, Vanessa van ‘t Hoogt.

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.