5 June till 2 July 2017


by Céline Mathieu

In ‘Enough Rumours to Swing A Cat’ visual artist Alison Yip rewrites small town stories into absurd anecdotes and wallpaintings. She spent one month introducing local Frysian histories to Kunsthuis SYB by talking to neighbours, drawing up patterns and transscribing tales. Gossip is known for growing in its notoriety by losing truthful detail as it gets passed along. In the process, vacuums give way to all sorts of phantasms. […]

1 August till 10 September 2017


Residency Josje Hattink

In the Atlantic period (8000 – 5000 B.C.) the territories of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe still largely comprised of wetland. In this vast, soggy marshland, oxygen and bacteria were barely given the chance to consume the remains of dead plants. Over thousands of years, layers of metres-deep peat were created from the dead plant material, a fossil fuel source […]

29 April till 14 May 2017

Movement breaks the armour

Review by Ananda Serné

A man sits next to a sculpture. He’s playing the cello. It’s Saturday afternoon and visitors of the exhibition The City as Canvas uncomfortably form a circle around the man and the sculpture. A female dancer appears from the stairwell. She links the visitors together one by one, placing hesitant hands on strange shoulders. The […]

5 June till 2 July 2017

Enough Rumours to Swing A Cat

Residency Alison Yip

Residential mural (sunken city style), Mount Pleasant, Vancouver 2014 by OK! Murals

Alison Yip works primarily through painting, wall treatments and everyday materials, engaging various genres and styles of visual representation. She examines notions of containment and absorption as it is negotiated pictorially and as a subject matter in itself as a process that takes place cognitively, but also within such ‘containers’ as a painting or architecture. […]

20 till 22 May 2017

PLAYTIME – eleventh K_nstvl___ festival

Milena Naef

Kunsthuis SYB is participating in Playtime, the eleventh Kunstvlaai festival this year with new work (a performative interaction) by Milena Naef, winner of the 7th Sybren Hellinga Kunstprijs 2016. Playtime From May 20 through 22 over twenty project spaces from the Netherlands and abroad will experiment with an elastic exhibition concept at the SSBA Salon, […]

Interview with Jason Hendrik Hansma

by Judith Spijksma

In the spring of 2016, artist Jason Hendrik Hansma (1988, Lahore, Pakistan) resided at Kunsthuis SYB in Beetsterzwaag. In his presentation in the local village church, two animals took center stage: a white peacock and a black swan. Interested in the white animal that is commonly known for its profusion of beautiful colors; and the […]

28 February 2017

Elements of an apocalypse or evolution

bu Anne Marijn Voorhorst

On Sunday the 19th of February, Müge Yilmaz (1985, Istanbul) leads us, a group mostly consisting of Frisians and Randstad residents, to the woods of Beetsterzwaag. It’s dark and muddy. The month-and-a-half of Yilmaz’s residency has come to an end. She has mainly used this period to delve into the performance we are soon to […]

19 February 2017


Final presentation Müge Yilmaz

During the first weeks of her residency in Beetsterzwaag, Müge Yilmaz worked on a series of propositions. In the second part, she gathered a team of performers in ghillie-suits and arranged them in the woods of Beetsterzwaag as a tableau vivant. Using different configurations, the group played with positions, interactions and readings of Yilmaz’s propositions as though it were a manifesto. The reactions, feelings and opinions of the performers were largely decisive for the development of the creative process, and ultimately the result which will be presented in Kunsthuis SYB on the 19th of February.

8 till 12 February 2017

Gabber Nation 2.0: The Rotterdam Edition

Art Rotterdam Intersections

Feyenoord (1993) Drawing by Bobby Jacques

Gabber Nation 2.0: The Rotterdam Edition Kunsthuis SYB at Art Rotterdam Intersections 2017, 8th – 12th February in the Van Nellefabriek. Artists: Henrike Naumann, Boris Postma, Merle Vorwald, Bastian Hagedorn, Johannes Büttner, Tea Palmelund, Ekaterina Burlyga. Curator: Agnes Winter. Last summer, Kunsthuis SYB shook the foundations of quiet, peaceful Beetsterzwaag with a stomping presentation of […]

8 January till 20 February 2017

The Concrete : The Mountain

Residency Müge Yilmaz

“The Concrete : The Mountain” A ghillie suit is a type of camouflage suit that is covered with a lush, shredded coat. It is designed to enable the wearer to fully blend into his environment during a hunt or in a war situation. The best ghillies are handmade using natural materials: leaves, twigs and moss […]

17 December 2016

The Inevitable Others

Final presentation Feiko Beckers

Welcome to the final presentation of The Inevitable Others by Feiko Beckers on Saturday, December 17th, up from 16:00 o’clock!

11 November till 1 December 2016



Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art & Kunsthuis SYB joint residency open call.

7 November till 22 December 2016


Residency Feiko Beckers

De mislukkingen, het ongeluk en de gênante situaties die ontstaan in de interactie met de ander, staan centraal in het werk van Feiko Beckers. In zijn video’s en performances probeert hij grip te krijgen op situaties uit zijn eigen persoonlijke leven.

8 till 30 October 2016

7th SYBREN HELLINGA Kunstprijs

Exhibition nominees

The five contestants for the Sybren Hellinga Art Prize 2016 have been selected! The jury, consisting of Bianca Stigter, Jaring Dürst Britt en Riet Wijnen, nominated the following artists: Halla Einarsdottir (1991, IS), Milena Naef (1990, DE), Eric Peter (1989, NL), Machteld Rullens (1988, NL) and Sanne Vaassen (1991, NL).

24 September 2016


screening The One Minutes

Barbara Marcel, untitled, 2015 (© the artist, courtesy by The One Minutes.)

On Saturday 24 September at 17:00h, as an extension of Helen Dowling’s final presentation of her residential period at Kunsthuis SYB there will be a screening of three The One Minutes Series: -we do the voodoo, initiated by Helen Dowling –Communication with the non-human, curated by Melanie Bonajo –Making Hybrids, curated by Janis Rafa Helen […]

1 August till 25 September 2016


Residency Helen Dowling

A school of tropical fish. Shooting nervously past each other, guided by the sound of a crackling fire. Then three cheerful twenty-somethings snorkeling in a bright pink ocean. In between a shot of the water’s surface taken from the cool depths, behind it the blazing sun, to a soundtrack of sharp shrieking cicadas. Helen Dowling’s The Burning […]

1 till 3 July 2016

The Treasure of Opsterland

Interview by Agnes Winter

On Saturday 2 July 2016, a unique local product – Wild Treasure (Beastige Skat) – was unveiled at Kunsthuis SYB in Beetsterzwaag (Friesland, The Netherlands). Wild Treasure is a little silver case shaped like a Frisian forest bean, inscribed with a message and enswathed in a soft moleskin pouch. It was conceived and created in […]