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Over 25 years that Bag Factory has developed a number of important partnerships that help us extend our vision of support, development and promotion of the visual arts through international networking and exchange.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="1412" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" link=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="1562" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" link=""][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1486130953080{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}"]The Triangle Network is a network of spaces across the globe that practises a philosophy of process before product. The network consists of physical spaces (the Bag Factory was one of the first physical studios spaces, in the international Triangle Network, to have been setup) as well as workshops and residencies. The Bag Factory played an integral role in the formation of the international network of artist-led workshops and residencies and continues to follow and support its philosophy of inclusion and diversity. The network encourages the exchange of ideas, artists’ mobility, experimentation and fresh thinking and offers the Bag Factory an invaluable link to the international visual arts world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1471354366879{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}"]The South African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) is a newly founded organisation whose aim is to link local artists to the global market. The Foundation works closely with and will benefit all of its stakeholders being the artists, collectors, critics, historians, private and institutional curators and all “Art Aficionados”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]abc
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Programme Selection Committee

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text="Programme Selection Committee" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" google_fonts="font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]While the Bag Factory Board guides its organisational policy, the organisation's programming is essentially a democratic and steered by the artists themselves along with industry professionals via a voluntary organising committee, which develops and vets our ongoing programmes. This includes all applications for exhibitions, residency opportunities and partnerships. The committee’s priority, at all times, is to maintain a stance of impartiality, operating in the best interests of the organisation as a whole.   The 2017 Programme committee comprises artists' David Koloane, Tshepo Mosopa, Bev Butkow, Usha Seejarim, Reshma Chhiba, Londi Modiko, and external specialists Marc Edwards and Makgati Molebatsi. The Committee meets every 6-8 weeks with the intention of selecting only the best and most deserving applications for our various projects.  
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text="Staff" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" google_fonts="font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2819" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2770" img_size="full"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_column_text]

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. 

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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".

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text="Board" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" google_fonts="font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal"][vc_column_text]Our board is made up for a team of volunteers who strongly believe in the visual arts and the role the Bag Factory has to play in the support and development of both the visual arts sector and visual artists. They work tirelessly to ensure that the organisation maintains its ethos and works towards its vision. By keeping the organisation in touch with the outside world, they provide guidance and support in ares of governance, fundraising, strategic direction and support. We are grateful for their hard work.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_text_separator title="Board Member Profiles"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="1976" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Makgati Molebatsi is a Marketing and Communications Specialist with extensive experience gained over 25 years. She graduated with a BA( SS) degree from the then University of the North (currently University of Limpopo) and went on to complete a one year Certificate in Business Administration from the Post Graduate Institute offered by the Wits Business School.   After working for a year as a Social Worker, she moved into Marketing and Communications; and has worked for Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, the  Edgars Group (now Edcon),  Eskom, Elements Marketing and Advertising and Intersite Property Management Services.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style="dashed"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="1969" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]

Pat Mautloa is a leading South African visual artist who has been based at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios since 1992.He has been a vital part of the Bag Factory’s activities and his natural warmth and his commitment to open artistic practice makes him a valuable asset to the Bag Factory. If you visit his studio you will find it layered with bits and pieces of times gone by, found fragments of the city and relics of the people who’ve passed through his corner of it, and this connection is invaluable to the Bag Factory’s efforts.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style="dashed"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="1971" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Tshepo Hlongwane is the founder and director of Brown Eyed Boy, a social entrepreneurship business that curates, sources and exhibits artworks of talented South African artists. He curated the cutting edge Grolsch ArtFridges, a campaign that allowed emerging South African artists and photographers to create bespoke artworks using SMEG fridges as their canvas. Tshepo has over 7 years of experience working in banking where he mainly focuses on liquidity and risk management for the foreign currency balance sheet within the Corporate and Institutional Banking division of Investec Bank in Johannesburg. He co-founded the Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Program, a program aimed at providing mentorship, career guidance and life skills to high school learners. He also co-founded the Young Professionals Forum (YPF), a vehicle to encourage active citizenry among young professionals from all sectors of the economy. Tshepo is passionate about empowering youth and promoting talented South African artists. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style="dashed"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="1972" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Zaheda is a Masters graduate in Theatre & Film Studies. Her experience in the media, arts and cultural industries spans 20 years. She was the first Associate Director of the Nelson Mandela Center at the Museum for African Art in New York, overseeing all programming; public and education programs, panel discussions, artists’ talks, literature festivals, conferences, and exhibitions.  In 2014 she was Director of Literature curating the Indo-American Arts Council’s Inaugural South Asia Literature Festival. Zaheda currently resides and works in New York City offering valuable different perspectives on the art world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style="dashed"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="1970" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Pierre was born in Brussels where he went to school at the Jesuite College of Saint Michel before qualifying as an Architect and Town Planner at Saint Luc. During his time in Brussels, Pierre was captain of a soccer team, played tennis, got selected for the Belgian Junior Team in Bridge and went to the “Academie des Beaux-Arts d’ Ixelles ”. He came to South Africa once his degree completed. He had overheard a conversation in which was mentioned that there was a need for architects in South Africa. He decided to follow the opportunity. Pierre got married 15 years later to Lynn and they have two children: Camille and Jordan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style="dashed"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4" el_class="bf-image-with-caption-container"][vc_single_image image="1973" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Zachary Isdahl’s career has spanned nearly two decades - traversing the fields of international development, research, and arts and culture. His expertise includes leading the operations of multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural programs and projects and successfully building collaborative partnerships in complex and politically sensitive environments. Zachary has leveraged his stakeholder and cross-cultural management expertise to serve as the director of several international development initiatives across more than 15 countries in Africa, Oceania, Europe, and the Middle East. His recent work includes positions with the World Bank, the Universities of California, and the ILO (UN agency). Zachary is also a passionate champion of contemporary African art. Through Africa Facing Art and as a board member of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios - Zachary promotes visuals artists from across the African continent and encourages increased synergy between international collections, artists, and cultural institutions. He holds an MBA from the University of Geneva in Switzerland, with a specialization in international organizations, and a B.S. in sociology and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style="dashed"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="1722" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Sara Hallatt became the Director of the Bag Factory in March 2011 and left in May 2017. She has extensive project management and marketing experience. Sara was part of the team that produced the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and has produced events around the world. She has an honors degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand and a post graduate diploma in Business Management. In 2015 Sara was as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship where she attended Northwestern University in Chicago.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style="dashed"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2783" img_size="medium"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Tladi Marumo is a South African admitted attorney. He has years of experience having practiced in leading South African and international corporate law firms: Webber Wentzel, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright; and as a Legal Consultant to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He is a Director at Marumo At Law Advisory. In addition to corporate law practice, he is a human rights lawyer. He serves as a Director on the Board of the Good Law Foundation, which promotes and advocates for the rule of law, human rights and democracy. He holds a BA (Political and International Studies, and Legal Theory), LLB, LLM (Constitutional Class Action Litigation) (Rhodes University), and a Postgraduate Certificate: Prospecting and Mining Law (University of the Witwatersrand). A legal academic, Tladi was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and Lecturer at the Rhodes University Faculty of Law. He is currently a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and a Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D) candidate in International Human Rights Law, at the University of Notre Dame Law School’s Centre for Civil and Human Rights, Indiana, U.S.A. Tladi is a proponent of the promotion of South African creative arts, arts investment and dialogue. He further advises on law in the art industry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style="dashed"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2787" img_size="medium"][vc_column_text]Photo by Musa Nxumalo.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Seejarim is best known for her translation of ordinary and domestic objects to artworks that are sometimes quirky, sometimes serious, sometimes monumental but never banal. Unsurprisingly her work has a distinctly Dadaist influence through the use of common materials like safety pins, wooden pegs, irons and brooms. Her compositions result from repetitive acts of mark making alluring to themes related to time, chance, space and displacement. Through the process of completing numerous large scaled public art commissions, and a deep commitment to social development Usha often brings these two worlds together to create ambitious participatory and community based public art projects. The dichotomy of her common interest in art and human connectivity is perhaps aptly expressed through her simultaneous qualification in Laughter as well as a Master’s Degree in Fine Art.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style="dashed"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2821" img_size="medium"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]
Veronica King is the founder and CEO of Emuthini Consulting based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a communication specialist, master facilitator and global executive coach with over 15 years’ experience. The core offerings of her training and development business is Executive Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion, Transformation beyond compliance, Unconscious Bias, ORSC (Organisation, relationship systems coaching)and Team Development programmes. Veronica has held senior executive positions locally, across Africa and internationally where she has earned first - hand experience, business acumen and empathy for the ever-changing world of organisational systems and human dynamics. Veronica is also a Board Director with extensive professional experience and significant executive leadership accomplishments in business. She has strong diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading convening facilitating and building consensus among diverse individuals... The value she adds to any board is her executive coaching, facilitation skills, passion for people development, transformation and encouraging Inclusion in environments with diverse individuals