In 1996 the Bag Factory’s vision expanded into the development of an international visiting artists’ programme (VAP). This programme has been extremely successful and enables artists from Africa and other continents to spend time working in Johannesburg, creating networks, participating in and learning about the South African culture whilst showing their work to new audiences. Almost 200 artists from around the world have participated in this programme.
We do not accepted unsolicited applications for this programme and ask that you keep an eye on our opportunities page and apply when a call for applications is opened. This is a partially funded programme that is open to mid-career visual artists, located anywhere in the world.
Should the application be successful, you will partake in a three month programme working in a collective of artists’ studios based in downtown Johannesburg (Fordsburg). The programme offers the opportunity to interact with local artists, to expand your network internationally and to experience a climate of cultural diversity. Working at the studios, you will get to know the resident artists at the Bag Factory, the city of Johannesburg and something about the art world in South Africa. Artists should not expect to profit financially from their stay in South Africa, as this is cultural development programme. There are only 4 such programmes awarded a year with a special call for applications being sent out quarterly.
As a visiting artist you will be expected to
– spend the majority of your stay working at the Bag Factory, interacting with Bag Factory and local artists, and experiencing the city
– produce new works that will be exhibited at the Bag Factory, in a group exhibition towards the end of your stay.
– stay for the full period (three months)
– complete a written report on your visit
– provide the Bag Factory the opportunity to select one of your works create during the residency which will be used by the organization to ensure its sustainability.