VACANCY: Director

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTIONJob title: Director, Bag Factory Artists’ StudiosEmployer: Fordsburg Artists’ Studios trading as Bag Factory Artists’ StudiosReports to: Board of DirectorsHours of Work: Full time, 40 hours per weekContract type: PermanentClosing date for applications: 19 August 2022 (5pm, SAST)IntroductionThe Bag Factory is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation in Newtown, Johannesburg.With a pioneering 31-year history … Read more VACANCY: Director

Young Womxn Studio Bursary

Open Call: Young Womxn Studio BursaryThe Bag Factory is delighted to announce that we are once again inviting applications for the Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary, funded by Artist, Sam Nhlengethwa, a Bag Factory alumni.The Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary offers support to an emerging/early career woman/womxn artist (under 35) through rent-free studio … Read more Young Womxn Studio Bursary

Artist in Residence

Open Call: Self-funded AiRBag Factory Artists’ Studios is offering a self-funded, self-directed AiR studio residency to South African-based artists who would benefit from a period of uninterrupted time to focus on developing their work.Please kindly note that this is a self-funded residency and the Bag Factory will not be able to assist witharrangements or costs … Read more Artist in Residence

David Koloane Award 2022

In March 2022 Bag Factory Artists’ Studios released an open call welcoming applications for the 2022 David Koloane Award.Due to unforeseen technical difficulties with the application process we did not receive all of the applications submitted. Due to time and capacity constraints we have therefore made the difficult decision to postpone the award to next year. … Read more David Koloane Award 2022

EXHIBITIONMpumelelo Buthelezi: Ukuzihlukanisa4 – 30 June 2022The Bag Factory is delighted to announce the opening of 2021 Cassirer Welz Award winner Mpumelelo Buthelezi’s solo exhibition Ukuzihlukanisa, curated by Thlalefi Maditsi.In Ukuzihlukanisa, Mpumelelo explores ideas of self-reflection, identity, and spirituality through black and white digital photographs. Through a series of self-portraits and portraits, he has produced … Read more

Kenneth Shandu: Azilime Ziyetsheni

EXHIBITIONKenneth Shandu: Azilime Ziyetsheni7 – 28 May 2022The Bag Factory is pleased to present AZILIME ZIYETSHENI a solo exhibition by Kenneth ShanduAzilime ziyetsheni is a visual exploration inspired by what Kenneth Shandu observes as the everyday experiences of smallholder farmers, of the community from KwaSokhulu in the North coast of KwaZulu Natal. Azilime ziyetsheni is … Read more Kenneth Shandu: Azilime Ziyetsheni

EXHIBITIONSizwe Sama: What Makes Your Heart Fly5 – 25 March 2022The Bag Factory is pleased to present WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART FLY a solo exhibition by Sizwe Sama Sizwe Sama’s first solo exhibition What Makes Your Heart Fly is an invitation to celebrate the little things that lead to a sense of fulfilment. Declaring that “you … Read more

EXHIBITIONWezile Harmans: Do Not Trust the Borders29 JAN – 25 FEB 2022The Bag Factory is pleased to present DO NOT TRUST THE BORDERS a solo exhibition of new work by Wezile Harmans. This exhibition interrogates the migration policies that have resulted in the dehumanization of certain bodies through the colonial visa application processes. The intimidating buildings … Read more


AVP CollabAvP is an arts collaborative comprising of visual artists; Sharlene Khan, Nono Motlhoki, and printmaker Lebo Mabusela ‘Monotypebabe’ alongside writer and editor Fouad Asfour. The collaborative meets over lunches and suppers, tea and drinks to discuss their artworks, everyday politics and their lived experiences. They have write and play together to think through creativities, … Read more AvP