Open Call: Self-funded AIR (Winter 2021)

The Bag Factory is accepting applications for its self-funded AIR (artist in residence) programme from Johannesburg-based artists who would benefit from a period of uninterrupted time to focus on developing their work. Joint applications are also welcome for a maximum of two people.

Please kindly note that this is a self-funded residency; as such the Bag Factory will NOT be able to assist with costs of the residency, travel or living expenses.

Start Date for Residency: 1 June 2021
End Date for Residency: 31 August 2021

Application Deadline: Sunday 23 May 2021, midnight (SAST)

Shortlisted applicants ONLY will be contacted by 26 May 2021. 

About the Bag Factory:

The Bag Factory is a professional studio space, located on the border of the vibrant suburbs of Fordsburg and Newtown in Johannesburg. We have been operating for more than 29 years and have a stable community of artists from a wide variety of backgrounds. The studio space and its community strive for an open, non-hierarchical creative environment that promotes exchange and experimentation. Artists from all over the world have come to the Bag Factory to work alongside our talented artists and to meet, work, and grow within South Africa’s economic capital. International artists will benefit from additional administrative and peer support, and an introduction to the Johannesburg art scene, from Bag Factory staff. 

Residency Costs:

1 person: R 3,000 per month

2 people sharing: R 3,500 per month

About the Studio:

One studio measuring approx. 23 square meters.

Studios are strictly non-residential and are accessible 7 days a week.

There is WiFi access and studio artists will have access to all communal facilities in the building including a shared kitchen.

The Bag Factory building is a converted factory warehouse with poor insulation and studios are only divided up to 2.4 m. As such we are unable to provide effective heating to the studios. We can provide a gas heater, but please note that the cost for refilling gas bottles is at the artist's expense (approx. R 220 per week).

Selection and Eligibility:

Applications are open to self-funded Johannesburg-based artists.

Application Procedure:

  • We accept digital applications only.
  • Your application should include the following in ONE PDF file only:
    1. A portfolio containing a minimum of 20 images of different artworks
    2. A curriculum vitae
    3. A cover sheet with name, contact address, e-mail and telephone numbers, plus confirmation that you will be available from 1 October, if selected. The residency dates are non-negotiable.
  • Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered.
  • Please note that there is a 10MB limit on pdf submissions. If your file is not in pdf format or is over 10MB your application will not be reviewed.

For more information or TO APPLY, email:

Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.