We congratulate all the institutions and platforms that were awarded funding from the Mondriaan Fund yesterday. We are especially happy for our Northern colleagues at VHDG, the Resort and Sign.
As far as Kunsthuis SYB is concerned, we are very disappointed. Even though our application for a Kunstpodia Basis subsidy was positively assessed, no budget was allocated, causing immediate danger to the future of SYB. Our plans for two years of residencies, a triennial, an art prize and other events are suddenly jeopardized.
For 20 years, SYB has made a positive impact on the development of talented artists, as part of a tight but vulnerable network of Northern Dutch art spaces. That network is now being undermined. We remain convinced of the importance of research and experimentation for artists in the Frisian landscape and we will do everything we can to secure the future of our house.