About Us

The Bag Factory is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation in Newtown, Johannesburg. We provide studio space to a cross-generational group of Johannesburg-based artists. We also host a prestigious international artists’ residency and awards programme, alongside regular exhibitions that showcase new work by emerging artists to the wider public. We are affiliated with the international Triangle Network.

All our programmes are accompanied by events and outreach projects that encourage greater understanding of contemporary visual art and stimulate interaction between artists and the local community.

With a pioneering 30-year history of providing a supportive infrastructure for artists, Bag Factory is unique in combining art making with cultural debate  and art exhibitions, thereby creating a fertile international  environment for experimentation, innovation and cultural dialogue between creatives in South Africa and the rest of the world.

Bag Factory’s crucial role for the arts in South Africa is confirmed by our long list of  celebrated alumni who have gone on to develop international and prize-winning careers. They include our founding members David Koloane, Sam Nhlengethwa, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa, as well as Tracey Rose, Gabi Ngcobo, Lady Skollie, Blessing Ngobeni, and Bronwyn Katz.