Supporting WOMXN in the arts The Bag Factory is proud to host the annual Bag Factory Young Woman Studio Bursary, generously supported since 2019 by our alumni and renowned South African artist Sam Nhlengethwa. Now in its 4th year, through an Open Call, the bursary offers an emerging/early career woman/womxn artists  – under the age … Read more

Tatenda Magaisa

1 July 2023 – 15 September 2023   Bag Factory is delighted to announce that Tatenda Magaisa (South Africa) as the 2023 David Koloane Award winner. Artist’s Biography   Tatenda Magaisa is an artist, researcher and cultural producer from South Africa. Her work explores themes pertaining to global cultural interaction, black women in popular culture, as artists … Read more

Open Call: Young/Unframed 2023

Key dates: Deadline for entries: 14 July 2023, 23H59pm (SAST) Successful applicants will be announced by no later than 30 July 2023. Residency Dates:  #01: Aug  – Oct 2023 #02: Oct  – Dec 2023 #03: Dec  – Feb 2024 Candidates should consider their availability during the above timelines. Please click the link to submit your … Read more

Open Call: David Koloane Award 2023

Important dates: Deadline for entries: 26 June 2023, 23H59pm (SAST) The winner of the award will be announced at the end of June 2023. Residency Dates: 1 July 2023 – 15 September. Candidates should consider their availability during the above timelines. Please click the link to submit your application For any queries please do not … Read more

Bulumko Mbete

11 April 2023 – 11 July 2023Bag Factory is delighted to announce that Bulumko Mbete (South Africa) will undertake a funded residency in collaboration with Strauss&Co. Fine Art Auctioneers and Business and Art South Africa (BASA).  “Since its inception, this award has helped the winners launch their careers and really start making a name for themselves. … Read more

Patrick Rulore

1 – 28 Feb 2023 Bag Factory is delighted to announce that Patrick Rulore (South Africa) will undertake a partially-funded residency in collaboration with Makgati Molebatsi Art Consulting at the Bag Factory from 1 – 28 Feb. The aim of the project is to grant the artist in residence an opportunity to work within a community of … Read more

Anna Ehrenstein

17 OCT – 15 DEC 2022Bag Factory is delighted to announce that Anna Ehrenstein (Germany) will undertake a fully-funded residency at the Bag Factory from 17 Oct – 15 Dec 2022. As part of TURN 2 RESIDENCY The aim of the project is to facilitate research for emerging curators and cultural practitioners with curatorial experience based in Germany and … 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

Cassirer Welz Award Winner Mpumelelo Buthelezi

20 APR – 30 JUN 2022Mpumelelo Buthelezi lives and works in Johannesburg. He is a photographer who studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the Market Photo Workshop. He graduated in 2017. Mpumelelo went on to exhibit his photographs at Social Art Award in Germany 2019, Transitions Rotterdam Foto Festival in the Netherlands in 2019, and … Read more

Andréa Hygino

1 DEC 2021 – 29 FEB 2022BIOAndréa Hygino lives in Rio de Janeiro (BR) and works as a visual artist, university professor at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and  art-educator at independent institutions. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts at UERJ and a Masters in Visual Languages at … Read more