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The Bag Factory would like to invite you to join us for the public opening of our annual fundraiser event. BAG FACTORY SALON SALE 2018  Over 35 emerging and established artists will be exhibiting their works with the aim of raising funds that will be used for the Bag Factory's mentorship, studio subsidisation, and studio bursary programmes. Where: Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, 10 Mahlathini Street, Fordsburg When: Saturday 10 November Time: 11am to 5pm Cost: The public opening is a free event and all are welcome. Card facilities are available for artwork purchases. Parking: Safe and secure parking is available at the Oriental Plaza for a nominal rate. The public opening will take place on 10 November for ONE DAY ONLY. Serious about collecting? Then be sure not to miss the VIP Preview Event on Wednesday 7 November. The VIP Preview is a ticketed event and tickets are limited.

For additional info : (011) 834 9181

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Artist Blessing Ngobeni will be supporting a young, emerging artist (under 35 and not represented by a gallery) with a twelve-week studio residency and solo exhibition at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. The artist will be provided with studio space at the Bag Factory, as well as a small materials budget and a monthly stipend. The programme will culminate in a solo exhibition showcasing the artist’s work.

This programme will begin on 24 September and run until 14 December 2018, with the exhibition opening in January 2019.

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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 be five months long starting 1 November 2018 WHO IS ELIGIBLE? 1. Someone who is passionate about the arts and exhibitions 2. You must have access to a computer, cellphone 3. You must have the ability to get around the city 4. You must commit to a minimum of one day a week to the project 5. You must have interest in curatorship and some previous curatorial experience 6. You must be under the age of 35 WHAT DO YOU NEED TO SUBMIT? A proposal that focused on innovative work by young emerging artists. The proposal must include: ▪ what curatorial or artist concept you wish to explore ▪ how you intend to utilise the concept ▪ the format of the exhibition ▪ a short list of artists that you want to work with ▪ a detailed CV with at least 2 references ▪ a single A4-page typed motivation, including personal details and outlining reasons why you believe you deserve the award ▪ a copy of your ID WHAT WILL YOU RECEIVE? 1. Mentorship from experienced curators 2. A hot desk at the Bag Factory Artists' Studios 3. A monthly stipend for travel 4. A funded exhibition at the Bag Factory Artist Studios

Deadline for Applications: 28 September 2018.

Applications must be sent to; Subject line: 'Curatorial Programme'

The Bag Factory would like to thank the Department of Arts and Culture for making this programme possible.

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Bag Factory Young Female Artist Residency

Bag Factory Young Female Artist Residency.

The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios is inviting applications for the Bag Factory Young Female Artist Residency. The programme, funded by the Department of Arts and Culture, will offer an emerging/early career female artist (under 35) with a 6 month fully funded residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. The artist will be provided with studio space at the Bag Factory, a small materials budget, and a monthly stipend towards travel and living expenses. The programme will culminate in a solo exhibition at the Bag Factory showcasing the artist’s work in March 2019.

This programme will begin on 1 October 2018 and run until 29 March 2019.

The artist is expected to: *Work from the Bag Factory, interacting with Bag Factory and local artists, and experiencing the city. *Attend the Bag Factory’s events and artist’s meetings. *Produce new works for a solo exhibition at the Bag Factory. *Complete a written report on their visit. Arrive on time and stay for the full period (6 months). What will a successful applicant receive?: *A studio space. *A small materials budget for art production while in residence. *A monthly stipend towards transport and living expenses. *A solo exhibition at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. *Applicants should not expect to profit financially from their stay as this is a cultural development programme. *Applicants will NOT receive any funding towards accommodation or transport from outside Johannesburg.

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS is Friday 31 August 2018 at 17:00 (SAST).

What must Applicants submit? *A SINGLE PDF document no more than 10MB in size including the following information: *Representative portfolio of work produced in the past five years of at least 10 works and no more than 20. *A substantial curriculum vitae with full names, references, addresses and contact numbers *A brief letter of motivation, not more than one A4 page long, outlining reasons for wishing to join the programme and why specifically you wish to come to the Bag Factory *If you have attended any other workshops or residencies of the Triangle Arts Network such as Greatmore, Thupelo, Thapong, Kuona, or Batapata, please specify where and when.

How are the applications assessed? Applications are assessed by the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios Programme Selection Committee. Please be advised that if your application is successful for the visiting artists’ programme and you are not from South Africa, there is a participation fee you are required to pay 60 days prior to arrival in order to confirm your place in the programme.

TO APPLY, EMAIL: Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

The Bag Factory would like to thank the Department of Arts and Culture for making this programme possible.

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David Koloane Award – JAF2018

The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios is proud to annually host the David Koloane Award, celebrating the life and career of David Koloane (b.1938), internationally respected artist, curator, writer and founding member of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. Koloane was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg in 1938.  He received his art training from 1974 to 1977 at the Bill Ainslie Studios, which later became the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Since the late 1970s, Koloane has been a pioneer in the development of the black art community in South Africa. He co-founded Johannesburg’s first black art gallery and was the head of Fine Arts at the Federative Union of Black Artists (FUBA). He was instrumental in establishing studio space for black artists at The Fordsburg Artists’ Studios (the Bag Factory) and he founded the Thupelo Workshops in South Africa, a concept that spread to Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia.  The Bag Factory founded in 1991 also became the studio space which made it possible for black and white artists to work together on a professional level, despite the apartheid legislation of that time   The focus of this year’s David Koloane Award falls on painting and the two recipients of the award, not only received a two-month residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, but mentoring by two of the Bag Factory’s established resident artists, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa (b.1952) and Bev Butkow (b.1976). The mentees time at the Bag Factory concludes with their work being showcased along-side their mentors at the FNB Joburg Art Fair (6-9 September 2018) made possible by the Department of Sports, Arts, Recreation and Culture, Artlogic and the FNB Joburg Art Fair.   The recipients of this year’s award, Lwando Dlamini and Phemo Matlhabe, joined the Bag Factory for their two-month residencies in mid-July. Twenty-seven-year-old Phemo Matlhabe, from the North West province, is a partly self-taught artist who has previously exhibited works at the Klerksdorp Museum, Molly Art Gallery, and Alice Art. His portraits have also been highlighted in the Old Mutual Business Magazine, he has recently produced a calendar for Brainstorm Magazine, and he created two portraits made out of old computer parts for the computer company Experien’ to create awareness about recycling. Phemo says that during his time at the Bag Factory he has already learned so much: “being taken out of my comfort zone has helped me to break through an artistic threshold in a sense and I am thinking more than ever before”. About his two mentors, he adds “Bev [Butkow] and Pat [Mautloa] speak to the different sides of me. They are both such inspiring artists and people, and have been fantastic in helping me add a new definition to my work”. The work Phemo will be presenting at the 2018 FNB Joburg Art Fair explores different aspects and dynamics of identity. Twenty-six-year-old Lwando Dlamini was born in Cape Town and currently lives and works in Johannesburg. He graduated in Fine Art from the Ruth Prowse School of Art in 2017 and explores his personal experiences of illness, violence, and near death experiences in his works. His works that will be shown at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair is a continuation of the ongoing exploration of these themes. “We learned about David Koloane in school and I still remember the very first time I saw him at the Bag Factory. It is such an honour to be the recipient of the David Koloane Award and to work alongside artists such as David Koloane, Bev Butkow and Pat Mautloa”, says Dlamini. He continues by saying that he has gained so much from the mentorship already, including confidence to present his work and professionalism, as well as new insight into the process of creating: “Our mentors have been great at teaching us that this mentorship is not about finishing artwork, but about creating, exploring and learning”. What has stayed with him is what one of this year’s mentors, Pat Mautloa, said: “With painting, you always have to realize that you haven’t tried everything”. The two recipients of this year’s David Koloane Award are being mentored by resident artists at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa and Bev Butkow. Kagiso Patrick “Pat” Mautloa has been a part of the Bag Factory since the organisation’s inception 27-years ago in 1991. He studied visual art at a host of small schools and art centres before obtaining a Diploma in Fine Art from the prestigious ELC Art Centre at Rorke’s Drift, Natal and became a full-time artist in 1992. Mautloa has participated in several significant local and international exhibitions and was involved with the formation of the Thupelo Workshops (as a part of the international Triangle Network) in 1985 along with artists such as David Koloane and Bill Ainslie. Mautloa taught at FUBA (Federated Union of Black Artists) from the early 1980s and was instrumental to the Thupelo Gallery while there. Bev Butkow immerses herself in the exploration of materials, pulling apart and weaving together figurative and literal narrative fragments. Resurrecting her childhood dream, accountant-turned-artist Butkow started making art in her mid-40’s and is now a full-time artist. She is currently working towards a Master of Fine Art at Wits University, having graduated Honours in Art History at Wits with distinction in 2017 and presenting at academic conferences. Butkow had a solo exhibition in 2015, winning a Merit Award in the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award the same year. Since then, she has exhibited in numerous group shows and art fairs including the National Arts Festival. Her work is housed in local and international collections. Deeply committed to social engagement and education, she co-founded a library in Limpopo and sits on the board of 11 schools. Butkow was born and lives in Johannesburg and is based at the Bag Factory Artist Studios in Johannesburg, blocks away from where her grandfather peddled eggs in the 50’s and 60’s.

Works by Mautloa, Butkow, Dlamini and Mathlabe will be on show at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios booth (A05) at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair (6-9 September 2018) at the Sandton Convention Centre.

For any queries, please contact the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios:

10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg

+ 27 11 834 9181

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In Silva: a visual narrative

Wandering In Silva, or “in the forest” you will encounter a visual narrative “brought to life”.
Similar to a tableau vivant or a “living picture”, a visual narrative can either be performed live or depicted through an artwork. Conventionally the actors are stationary and silent, carefully posed with props and scenery while the emphasis is placed on the pose and facial expression. As a type of freeze- frame story, the tableau refers to the moments leading up to the frozen moment while also providing you with the opportunity to speculate what could happen directly thereafter.
The artists Mandy Coppes-Martin, Allen Laing, Tsoku Maela, Maja Maljevic, Rosemarie Marriott, Richard “Specs” Ndimande, Anastasia Pather, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Diane Victor, Gina Waldman and curator Dineke van der Walt collaborate to activate the gallery as a space in which different plots can unfold. The individual artworks – each referencing its own inherent topic - can be viewed as a series of isolated moments, that in relation to each other might form a continuation of events and therefore also a story. It, however, relies on the viewer to cross the narrative threshold and explore the various narrative threads.
The exhibition opens Thursday 23 August, 18:30 at Kalashnikovv Gallery and will run until Saturday 1 September. In Silva is curated by Dineke van der Walt, recipient of the 2018 Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award presented by Fulcrum, the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), in association with Kalashnikovv Gallery.
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David Koloane Award 2018

Invitation to apply

David Koloane Award 2018

To celebrate the achievements and contributions of artist Dr David Koloane, one of the founders of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, we are calling for applications for the David Koloane Award.

This annual award will be granted to an emerging South African visual artist, and preference will be given to artists who use paint as a medium and who are from outlying areas and do not reside in major cities, such as Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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Open Studio with Ali Honarvar

Join us for an open studio with visiting artist Ali Honarvar.

He has been captivated by African handicrafts and the different patterns and beautiful colour schemes thereof since his first introduction to this art form. The artworks he has created in his residency illuminate the beadwork which has been his main source of material. While in Johannesburg he has been engaged with his bead’s project, his fascination with African artists and their use of beads and the masterpieces created from them. He elaborates;"In my opinion, whereas existing different mines of gemstones and precious metals have caused a myriad of problems on environmental issues and native people, Bead art has been an outstanding influence on Africa's art economy and people”. For him, Africa is a mine of arts, and he appreciates this mine because it has been an inspiration to his in many aspects and has given him new experiences.
For more information on Ali: @alihonarvar @ali_honarvar
Date: 2 June 2018 Time: 10:0am - 15:00 Where: 10 Mahlatini, Fordsburg (Bag Factory Artists' Studios) For more info contact: 011 834 9181 /  abc