Anja Sijben was born in 1966 and lives among others in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

She participated in an art community project in Lagos, Nigeria (2017) and a group exhibition in Faktor X – das Kunst Chromosom – Haus der Kunsten, Munich (2017). She has participated in a exhibition Mitwelt 42103, Wuppertal, Germany (2017). She had a solo exhibition in the Garden of the Zodiac Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska, USA (2016). She published the book ‘the ideal man’ december 2014, a collaboration between artists, academics and field specialists. She organized residencies of ‘the ideal man’ in ID11 Delft (2009) and Artoll (Bedburg Hau) (2011).  She collaborated in a project of Chris Evans with SMBA in Amsterdam (2006). She coordinated an art exposition of 27 Dutch and 2 local artist in Todi, Italy in collaboration with the Dutch Ambassy in Rome(2005). A permanent installation ‘whispering spaces’ was on view in the conference centre in a Papendrecht building in Utrecht (2004-2017).

Since 2005 she is curator for the 12 Cleerdin & Hamer windows, inviting artists to develop soloshows.
see also blog: www.vdhp.blogspot.nl

She develops creative workshops for employees. Have a look at: www.exima.nl

BK- informatie 2018 Lagos, een stad om te ervaren
Mister Motley 2017 FaktorX – Alex de Vries
Mister Motley 2016 de ideale mannen van Anja Sijben – Alex de Vries
Metaal (Magazine for metal development) of July 2009 she is mentioned as one of the artists who developed a wall-mold for the architecture industry.
PI (magazine Project & Interieur) of april/may 2004 and june/july 2004 you can find two published articles about the whispering spaces in Gap Gemini in Utrecht.

Ortelius Drew Sketchbook Prize 2011 – honorable mention

Ideals in Lagos – community art festival ICAF 2017, Lagos, Nigeria
Ideal Man Drawings – Faktor X – das Kunst Chromosom – Haus der Kunsten, Munich
Gruppe und Ich – sound Installation in collaboration with Markus Nilling, Mitwelt42104, Kunstverein Wuppertal, Germany

“Herman” in the Ceramic Bienale at Mark Rothko Center, Daugavpils, Latvia
Garden of the Zodiac Gallery (solo) Omaha, Nebraska, USA

zomerexpo ‘Woest’ gemeentemuseum, Den Haag
Auricoli da Rumore, Libreria Fratini editore, Florence, Italy

Auricole da rumore, Mercato Saraceno, Italy
Art Zaanstad, Zaandam

Tekenkabinet museum waterland zomerweken Purmerend
Poelenburg observaties, 26 drawings in public space, Zaandam
Behind the facade, one minute for 400 years Amsterdam Canals festival

Thuisbasis – Poelenburg, Zaandam
The slade school of fine art, London – one minute ‘imagine’
Windows ‘van der helst plein’, Amsterdam

Ideal man project, Artoll, organizer and curator, Bedburg Hau, Germany
Diary Project, invited by Heather Allen, Berlin (online)
365 days of print, invited by Maya Joseph_Goteiner, New York (online)
Dumbo festival, Brooklyn
Jersey City University, NY

World expo shanghai, three one minute videos of Istanbul
Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska USA (solo)
Artoll open studios, residency Bedburg Hau, DE
Wasserturm residency and exhibition, Gelderen, DE

‘The ideal man house, residency Poptahof, Delft
‘Het kwetsbare lichaam’, Roodbol, Gouda
Search III, shadows ideal man, photofestival, Triest, Italy
One minutes videos, Istanbul, Turkey

“Summer” at Cleerdin & Hamer, Amsterdam
“Sounds” at Molen Adam, Delfzijl
“My ideale man” project during Cultuurnacht Roermond
“My ideal man research center” open studios Bemis Nebraska USA
“Anonyme Zeichner” Berlin
Lecture at University of Nebraska Omaha

Pek in Ede
Collaboration in project of Chris Evans at SMBA
Luogocomune #2 in Cesena (Italy)

Portercabin, as part of Chris Evans existentialistic retreat project
‘Reibach’ in Amsterdam
Open studios Jordaan in Amsterdam

Bijenkorf Rotterdam (Pink Ribbon Award)
Sistema Museo in Todi (Italy)
“Huize Kernhem” in Ede (graduation)

Gallery “Walls” in Amsterdam
Gallery “Arts Place” in Amsterdam
Open studios Jordaan in Amsterdam
Art fair “Lineart” in Gent

ICAFLagos2017, Lagos Nigeria (5 weeks), Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, Omaha Nebraska, USA (1 month) 2016, Impruneta, Italy (1 month) 2014, Thuisbasis Poelenburg, Zaandam (4 months) 2012, Artoll, Germany (1 month) (organized ‘ideal man’ ) 2011, Wasserturm, Gelderen, Germany (1 month) 2010, Istanbul, Turkey (3 weeks) 2009, ID11, Delft (1 month) (organized ‘ideal man’) 2009, Artoll, Germany (1 month) 2009, Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, Omaha Nebraska, USA (3 months) 2008, Cesena, Italy (1 week) 2007, New York, USA (6 weeks) 2006, New Delhi, India (2 months) 2006

She finished the art academy “De Nieuwe Akademie” in Utrecht (2005), Organization & Policy at the University of Amsterdam (1991) and the Higher technical School of Garment Industry “Mr Koestier” in Amsterdam (1990).

Before, during and after this education she followed various courses both art related as organization & consulting related.
As art related courses she gained experience in photography, basis and working with light, ceramic, plaster malls, glazing, sculpture, melding, acrylic painting, etching, art history. In the consulting area she followed courses like Ernst & Young change management, international cultures, several Baan and SAP courses, process modelling, Business English Advanced in Vught, group facilitation, personal effectiveness.

She has a wide range of experience- business wise, like Design Centers workshops at Capgemini, organizing and leading workshops in architectural innovation processes, a kick-off workshop for Executive MBA at Eramus University in Rotterdam, a workshop for finance managers for the ABN AMRO, workshops for institute for information managers in Amsterdam. She worked in various branches, like an International Art Center The Raay in Baarlo (NL), where she focused on building relationships with artist, art-managers and directors of museums, she coordination a project of building an regional network between education, cultural institutes and companies. In her work as consultant with Ernst & Young, she worked in logic and change management projects. She started her work experience with the Ministery of Justice, where she was project member of a security project, teacher and implementer of management information systems en project member with a reorganization of the department.

As languages she can handle Dutch, English and German and has Italian, Spanish and French in development.