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Events, Exhibition, Open Studios


Becoming  Opening : Friday, 01 December at 6pm
Becoming, an exhibition by residency artist, Ashua Imran, unfolds around an exploration of outdoor mural installations and text-based paintings. Through his current research, Imran explores the transformative potential of text to establish an interplay of words to form koan-like phases.
The exhibition consists of Imran’s well-known rope paintings transformed into a giant scale mural and a series of text-based paintings with pseudonyms. Becoming exhibits the changes Imran is facing in his practice through his experience of life in Johannesburg, which he identifies as the opposite side of the spectrum of life in his hometown, Singapore.
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Events, Exhibition, Open Studios

Conversation with Andrew Tshabangu and Sam Nhlengethwa moderated by Pierre Lombart

Conversation with Andrew Tshabangu and Sam Nhlengethwa moderated by Pierre Lombart Opening : Monday 6th 17:30 - 19:30 Join us as we witness the homecoming of these two pioneers who have made a mark in the art industry,through their work. Andrew Tshabangu and Sam Nhlengethwa in conversation moderated by Pierre Lombart about their recent residency experience at Saint-Émilion,France. We are looking forward to seeing you there!!! For more info : (011) 834 9181
Artist, Artist Opportunities


Invitation to apply

Cassirer Welz Award 2018

The Bag Factory Artists' Studios, in partnership with Strauss & Co. & the Everard Read Gallery, is excited to announce that the call for the 2017 Cassirer Welz Award is now OPEN.

This prestigious Award has helped create and shape the lives and careers of artists such as Blessing Ngobeni and Tshepo Mosopa ,Nompumelelo Ngoma and Asanda Kupa and many others.

The Cassirer Welz Award, funded by art auctioneers Strauss & Coand the Everard Read Gallery provides an opportunity to an emerging South African artist, in the field of drawing, painting or sculpture, under the age of 35 to spend 10 weeks at the Bag Factory's studios.

The award will provide the recipient with a prospect to interact with the resident artists at the Bag Factory, and 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 the Everard Read Gallery in March 2018.

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Artist, Artist Opportunities

Artist Career Bootcamp


Are you a visual artist looking to jumpstart your professional career? What you need is boot camp. The Artists’ Career Boot Camp is an exciting new opportunity for artists looking to fully immerse themselves in what it takes to manage their careers effectively.

A first in South Africa, it is designed to empower new artists with the critical skills to get serious about a career in the visual arts. It will train you to engage directly and confidently with market platforms to promote sustainability in your careers and professionalism in your practice.

The programme is designed as a launch pad to enable artists who are ready to enter the market at a professional level, the opportunity to develop the knowledge they will require, as well as prepare a professional portfolio of work.

It is hosted by Art Source South Africa in association with the Bag Factory and with the support of the National Arts Council.

In an intensive three month programme artists will receive professional practice training on topics such as marketing, pricing, engaging galleries and other critical areas from experienced trainers, direction from industry specialists. Each participant will receive one on one coaching and mentoring around a defined career goal, as well as critical and practical engagement with their body of work. The Boot Camp will have four intensive contact weeks over three months, setting step by step goals for participants to work towards in the time between contact weeks.

This opportunity is for visual artists who have been developing their practice and their own artistic voice for at least 3-5 years and who are committed and ready to take the next step in their careers.


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Artist, Artist Opportunities

Non-Metropolitan Mentorship


The Bag Factory Artists' Studios presents its latest programme - the Non-Metropolitan Mentorship Programme.

This programme is aimed at young visual artists from areas outside of the traditional metropolitan "art" centres of South Africa. The vision behind the programme is to facilitate artistic development and professional practise. The project will ultimately provide a mentorship opportunity at the Bag Factory for 6 artists from outside Johannesburg and 6 artists from the Gauteng area to spend a week in the city.

The Programme will focus on but not limited to; Concept Development, technical skills, Professional Practice, Portfolio development and networking.

The programme will cover accommodation costs and basic stipend for 6 participants from outside of Gauteng.

The programme will take place from 1 May - 31 July 2017. APPLICATION DEADLINE - 15 May 2017 For application requirements, click hereabc
Curatorial Development

Curatorial Development Programme

The Bag Factory is looking for a young, dynamic aspiring curator to participate in our Curatorial Development Programme. We want to provide the aspiring curator with an opportunity to understand the end to end production of the exhibition process. The selected participant will be expected to work with professional curators to hone their proposal, select artists to participate on the exhibition, monitor the production of work, market and drive publicity for the artists and exhibition, price the works, hang the exhibition and finally make sales. The programme will take place from 1 May - 31 July 2017. APPLICATION DEADLINE - 18 April 2017 For application requirements, click hereabc
Artist Opportunities, Residency, Uncategorized

Young Female Residency

The Bag Factory is inviting applications for the Young Female Residency Award

The Bag Factory is looking for young emerging artists to apply to the Visiting Artist Residency Programme.

The programme, sponsored by studio artist Benon Lutaaya will offer an emerging female artist working in the field of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage or sculpture a 5 month residency at the Bag Factory.

The residency will offer the selected artist an opportunity to interact with local artists, develop and grow their creative practice, to expand their network internationally and to experience a climate of cultural diversity.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is Thursday 10 June 2017 For application requirements, click hereabc