Open Call: Self-funded Artist in Residence Opportunities

Bag Factory Artists’ Studios has two self-funded Artist in Residence opportunities available to artists and curators based anywhere in the world who would benefit from a period of uninterrupted time to focus on developing their work.

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 28 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.

Johannesburg is one of the busiest visual-art hubs in Africa. Apart from averaging three gallery openings a week, the city is filled with the bustle and momentum that infects artists and audiences alike. The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios offers artists an amazing opportunity to experience the vibrant visual arts scene of Johannesburg.

The Self-funded Artist in Residence programme offers preferential space for professional artists and curators who can finance their self-directed studio residency at the Bag Factory for two months.

The available residency dates as follows:

AIR 1: 1 April – 31 May 2019

AIR 2: 1 May – 30 June 2019

The cost for the residency is R 20,800 (€1335 / $1515). This includes a non-residential studio space at the Bag Factory for 2 months, a facilitation of your stay whilst in the city, an artists’ welcome presentation event at the beginning of the residency, and an open studio event at the end of the residency. Optional detailed reports are available on request for an additional charge if required for funding purposes.

The artist/curator is expected to cover all other expenses including flights, visas, health insurance, local travel, meals and subsistence, as well as their own accommodation.

About the Studios:

AIR 1: One studio measuring approx. 25m²

AIR 2: One studio measuring approx. 26m²

Studios are strictly non-residential and are accessible 7 days a week.
There is Wi-Fi access and artists will have access to all communal facilities in the building including a shared kitchen.

Eligibility and Selection:

Applications are open to full-time practicing artists and curators based anywhere in the world who will:

– Be present and regularly use the studio for the two month period

– Have at least a conversational level of English

Be able to cover travel, visa, insurance, residence and residence expenses

Applications will be reviewed by the Bag Factory’s Programme Selection Committee which is made up of the Bag Factory’s Director and Programme Manager, a studio artist representative, Board representative, and external artists, curators, and arts professionals.


Application Procedure:

We accept digital applications only.

Your application should include the following in ONE PDF file only:

  1. An artist’s statement describing your practice and areas of interest (up to 250 words)
  2. A minimum of 20 images of recent work, with captions and a short description if necessary
  3. A CV/Resume
  4. Any relevant documentation (e.g. articles or papers about work, exhibitions, publications, etc)
  5. A cover sheet with name, contact address, e-mail and telephone numbers if available, plus a description of how you will use the studio during your residency, if selected.

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 10 March 2019, 22:00 (SAST)


Please clearly indicate which AIR you are applying for by including either of the following as your email subject heading:

Application for Self-funded AIR 1: April-May

Application for Self-funded AIR 2: May-June

Incomplete and late applications will NOT be reviewed.