17 October 2016

Interview with Sanne Vaassen

Vincent van Velsen

VV What got you involved with art? SV Ever since I was young, I’ve a wide field of interest: from history to physics to biology. But above all it was drawing that captivated my the most. I love to observe, record and analyse things. Back in the day, when my father and I would go […]

17 October 2016

Interview with Machteld Rullens

Yasmijn Jarram

Why did you choose to go to the Art Academy? “I think that my choice to become an artist has much to do with the home in which I grew up in. My parents were forever collecting and moving things. They just moved back to the Netherlands from Rome and their house, in the Netherlands, […]

17 October 2016

Interview with Eric Peter

Menno Vuister

Menno Vuister: You did a year of Art History at Utrecht University. How did you move from Art History to being an artist? Eric Peter: I think my choice for Art History was partly influenced by my environment. I went to a gymnasium, a form of pre-university education, and the expectation was that you would […]

17 October 2016

Interview with Milena Naef

Arianne Kamsteeg

AK: What is your biggest source of inspiration? MN: I’m very interested in how we are guided – choreographed – by our environment. We feel free and in control of the choices we make, and yet what we do is, in the end, always controlled by the different structures in the space we find ourselves […]

17 October 2016

Interview with Halla Einarsdottir

Agnes Winter

Agnes Winter: Could you tell something about yourself and why you wanted to become an artist? Halla Einarsdottir: I am Halla Einarsdottir and I’m from Reykjavík in Iceland. After high school I started playing around with photography for myself and taking some night courses in drawing and photography. I really enjoyed it and got curious […]

17 October 2016

Interview with the jury

Alix de Massiac

The six-member programme committee of Kunsthuis SYB selected 26 artists from 179 submissions. This committee, responsible for all programming at Kunsthuis SYB, consists of artists, curators and critics. And through their daily involvement they guarantee quality at Kunsthuis SYB, which offers residencies to artists with a powerfully inquisitive mind who are open to experimentation. The […]

8 October till 30 September 2016

Opening exhibition nominees


On Saturday 8th of October the exhibition of the Sybren Hellinga Kunstprijs will be open for public. The exhibition shows work of all the nominees of the Sybren Hellinga Kunstprijs: Eric Peter, Halla Einarsdóttir, Machteld Rullens, Milena Naef and Sanne Vaassen.

27 September 2016

Sanne Vaassen (1991, NL)

Sanne Vaassen (1991, NL) graduated in 2013 at the Academy for Fine Arts in Maastricht, where she was awarded the Henriette Hustinxprize. After that she studied at the Jan van Eyck Academy. The showdown between internal control and external forces is the starting point and central focus of Sanne Vaassen’s work. She examines and attempts […]

27 September 2016

Machteld Rullens (1988, NL)

Machteld Rullens (1988, NL) studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (2012) and at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (2014). Her work shows the beauty and absurdity of everyday life by combining documentary strategies with fictional elements. She draws inspiration from the mundane, which she positions and manipulates in order to […]

27 September 2016

Eric Peter (1989, NL)

Eric Peter (1989, NL) graduated in 2013 from KABK, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Having developed a performance-based practice, projects can entail installations, performances or text and video works. In his semi-anthropological and associative practice, sociopolitical subjects are being explored to question conventions in history making as well as cultural and social norms. His […]

27 September 2016

Milena Naef (1990, DE)

Milena Naef (1990, DE) graduated this year at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and was awarded the GRA Award Autonomous Art 2016. Naef questions ‘existing’ structures that are inherent to herself. The work tries to create the right manifestation of the assumed duality between body and mind. She translates characteristics of a subjective experience into material, […]

27 September 2016

Halla Einarsdóttir (1991, IS)

Halla Einarsdóttir (1991, IS) was born in Iceland but lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated from the graphic design department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2016. Her works are often text based with imagery and objects alongside. Reoccurring themes in her work are means of navigation, an objects narrative power and the sometimes […]

9 September 2016

Shortlist Sybren Hellinga Kunstprijs 2016


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).

26 August 2016

Longlist 7th Sybren Hellinga Artprize


The longlist for the 7th Sybren Hellinga Kunstprijs has been announced. SYB’s programming-commitee has selected 26 artists out of 179 entries.

29 August till 31 October 2016

Judging Panel 7th Sybren Hellinga Artprize


This year’s judging panel consists of three members, all working in the field of the arts:
Jaring Dürst Britt, Bianca Stigter and Riet Wijnen.

1 April till 15 July 2016

Application 2016


Between April 1 and July 15, 2016 you can apply to participate in the 7th Sybren Hellinga Art Prize.