Call for Applications: 2019 Cassirer Welz Award

Call for Applications: 2019 Cassirer Welz Award

The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, in partnership with Strauss & Co Fine Art Auctioneers and SMAC Gallery, is excited to announce that the call for the 2019 Cassirer Welz Award is now OPEN.

Now in its 8th year, the Cassirer Welz Award celebrates the lives of the late Reinhold Cassirer who was a renowned art dealer and Stephan Welz, the late art auctioneer and founder of Strauss & Co. The award has given emerging artists an opportunity to showcase their talents to a broader audience. The award acknowledges artists specialising in sculpture, drawing and painting with an opportunity of a ten-week residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ studios, from 10 December 2018 – 15 February 2019.

“Since its inception, this award has seen the winners launch their careers and really start making a name for themselves within the South Africa art market,” says Susie Goodman, General Manager, Strauss & Co Johannesburg. Previous winners include artists such as Blessing Ngobeni, Nompumelelo Ngoma, Tshepo Mosopa, Asanda Kupa, Thato Nhlapho, Richard “Specs” Ndimande and Keneilwe Mokoena.

The award will provide the recipient with studio space, a contribution towards material costs, and transport stipend, as well as the opportunity to interact with the resident artists at the Bag Factory. Through the exchange of ideas, mentorship and skills development, the artist has an opportunity for substantial creative and professional growth.

Upon completion of the Award, the artist will present their newly created work in an exhibition at SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg in 2019.

For more details on how to apply please click here