Open Call: Self-funded Studio Residency (Winter 2020)

Bag Factory Artists’ Studios is offering a self-funded, self-directed studio residency to an artist who would benefit from a period of uninterrupted time to focus on developing their work. Please kindly note that this is a self-funded studio residency; as such the Bag Factory will NOT be able to assist with travel arrangements or costs of accommodation, travel or living expenses.

Please note, the dates for this residency have been amended in light of current Covid-19 travel restrictions, and may be subject to further change at short notice.

Start Date for Residency: 1 July 2020
End Date for Residency: 28 August 2020

Application Deadline EXTENDED: Sunday 17 May 2020, midnight (SAST)

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 29 May 2020. The succesful artist will be required to sign a Residency Agreement and pay the first month's rental by 22 June 2020. 

About the Studio:

One studio measuring approximately 23m² at R 3 327 per calendar month for South African/SADC-based artists and we are offering a 10% discount (R 6490 - 10% = R 5 841) per calendar month for all other international artists.

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 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. International artists will benefit from additional administrative and peer support, and an introduction to the Johannesburg art scene, from Bag Factory staff.

The Bag Factory is unable to provide accommodation but we can recommend affordable options in close proximity to the studios.

Selection and Eligibility:

Applications are open to self-funded artists based anywhere in the world.

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.


Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.