The Bag Factory has a small and dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide a unique, creative and well run environment from which artists can free to focus on their process.

Director: Candice Allison holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University London and a BA Honours in Visual Studies from the University of Pretoria. Prior to joining the Bag Factory, she worked as an independent curator, mainly adopting a collaborative method and a transdisciplinary approach, and she managed the studio of multi-disciplinary artist Kudzanai Chiurai. She has recently curated and co-curated exhibitions at Iziko South African National Gallery, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, the Spier Collection, as well as at galleries and project spaces locally and internationally. She held the position of Curator at The New Church Museum in Cape Town from 2013-2016, producing exhibitions, public programmes, and contributing to the research and development of the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary South African and African art. She participated in the Tate Intensive: Art Matters hosted by Tate Modern in 2017 and she was the recipient of a Pro Helvetia SADC Research Residency Grant to continue researching developments in the Zimbabwean arts sector. Previously, she was Curator and Project Manager at Kingston University London, and she was part of the team that delivered the inaugural Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011. She originally comes from a corporate background as a Facilities and Building Projects Manager. Volunteering at Tate Modern on Saturday mornings kept her passion for art alive and she eventually left the corporate world behind to pursue a career in the arts sector.

Programme Manager:  Tiina Liebenberg studied BA Communication at the North-West University and went on to complete her Masters degree in Art History in 2016.  With a passion for the visual arts, philosophy and history, her research was focussed on the “therapeutic” role of art within societies that have been harmed by the abuse of power, with a specific focus on the South African context. Tiina has been involved with various projects, exhibitions and organisations since 2012 and worked as gallery manager, project manager, arts administrator and artist assistant, before joining the Bag Factory. 

Marketing & Project Assistant: Linda Malefo joined the Bag Factory in January 2016 as a Marketing and Project Assistant. He studied at the Ga-Rankua Hotel  School and he is currently furthering his studies in a BBA in Marketing Management  at The IMM Graduate School.

He Firmly believes in the philosophy lead by Dr David Koloane that “Black African Entrepreneurs will need to play a major role in the complexities of the Art market in order to release Black Practitioners from the cap in hand”.