The Bag Factory is proud to annually host the prestigious David Koloane Award. Initiated in 2010, this award was named in honour of Dr David Koloane (1938-2019), one of the founding members of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, to celebrate his life, career and contribution to the arts in South Africa for more than 40 years.
Internationally respected artist, curator, and writer, Koloane was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg in 1938. He received his art training from 1974 to 1977 at the Bill Ainslie Studios, which later became the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Since the late 1970s, Koloane has been a pioneer in the development of the black art community in South Africa. He co-founded Johannesburg’s first black art gallery and was the head of Fine Arts at the Federative Union of Black Artists (FUBA). He was instrumental in establishing studio space for black artists at The Fordsburg Artists’ Studios (now known as the Bag Factory) and he founded the Thupelo Workshops in South Africa, a concept that spread to Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Founded in 1991, the Bag Factory became an instrumental studio space which made it possible for black and white artists to work together on a professional level, despite the apartheid legislation of that time.
In honour of David Koloane’s contribution to developing the arts industry through his ethos of mentorship and learning through exchange, the David Koloane Award benefits emerging artists who demonstrate passion, dedication and potential for excellence. Each year the award focuses on a different medium or discipline. Recipients receive an intensive eight-week residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, mentorship from Bag Factory and established artists, and the opportunity to present their work at the prestigious FNB Art Joburg. This incredible opportunity is made possible through a long-standing partnership with FNB Art Joburg and Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
2020 DAVID KOLOANE AWARD
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 David Koloane Award is regrettably cancelled. We will resume the award in 2021.