Category: Exhibition
Events, Exhibition, Open Studios


Becoming  Opening : Friday, 01 December at 6pm
Becoming, an exhibition by residency artist, Ashua Imran, unfolds around an exploration of outdoor mural installations and text-based paintings. Through his current research, Imran explores the transformative potential of text to establish an interplay of words to form koan-like phases.
The exhibition consists of Imran’s well-known rope paintings transformed into a giant scale mural and a series of text-based paintings with pseudonyms. Becoming exhibits the changes Imran is facing in his practice through his experience of life in Johannesburg, which he identifies as the opposite side of the spectrum of life in his hometown, Singapore.
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Events, Exhibition

Interactive Performance Workshop – Aardklop

Anti Thesis Antithesis is an experimental project that investigates the subject of "institutional critique`, further exploring neo consumerist culture and the invisible laws of unwanted publicity - taking Photographs without someones' permission This 'situational happening' was meticulously designed to attract the audience's attention, persuading them to take photos of the performance while a dance troupe engaged the audience through improvised movements and the use of installation mirrors.The photographers were instructed to take photos of the audience who were taking photos of the performance. The aim here is for the artists to avoid having their photos taken without permission, by taking photos of the photographers while using the mirrors of the dancers to their advantage. Alumni-saal building, we will be running

blind drawing workshops with visiting artist A'shua Imran

Date : 2 - 8 October 2017

Time : 10:00am - 17:00pm

Events, Exhibition, Open Studios

Open Studio with Onyis Martin

Born in Kisumu, Kenya in 1987, Onyis Martin is a mixed media artist living and working in Nairobi whose practice is rapidly gaining national and international recognition.

Deeply connected to contemporary urban society, Onyis' paintings, sculptures and works on paper explore, portray and reflect on current issues affecting not only the African continent but the world as a whole. Delving into global concerns such as human trafficking, migration, political and institutional corruption, repressive environments and displacement, Onyis’ works also explore issues of freedom, communication, rapidly evolving technological information and consumerism.

Onyis’ approach to and investigation of the themes central to his practice is a complex and articulated process, often using his private experience as a departure point. Interweaving individual with collective experiences of human displacement and migration, through his work he questions our understanding and engagement with human movement and its consequences, reflecting on the often intimate, personal reasons why people migrate.

Recently  exhibited  in Capetown, New York,Ethiopia and Nairobi

Following his three month funded residency at the Bag factory he will be having an open studio.

Date : 25 August 2017

Time : 16h00 - 18h00

Events, Exhibition, Open Studios

“Beneath”An Exhibition by Miatta Kawinzi

Join us for "Beneath"An Exhibition by Miatta Kawinzi Opening : Wednesday 02 August 2017 5:30 pm-9:00 pm Join us for the opening of "Beneath" on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6pm at the Bag Factory. The exhibition will run August 3rd - 11th and will consist of works created by Miatta Kawinzi during her Visiting Artist Residency. Using video, poetics, sculptural installation, and works on paper, Kawinzi has been exploring ideas surrounding that which rests beneath the surface and the physical, conceptual, and societal resonances of this notion. She is considering the ways in which the "below" can be a rich site of possibility; a place from which to open up space. Duration:  02 - 11  August 2017abc
Curatorial Development, Events, Exhibition

“Atomic Peace” Curated by Chumisa Ndakisa

Join us for "Atomic Peace" Cuarated by Chumisa Ndakisa  funded by the National Lotteries Commission Opening : Wednesday 19 July 2017 6pm Atomic Peace discusses the meeting of spiritual unrest and mental disorder, and explores the meanings of alternative healing and contemporary coping mechanisms. It reminds the viewer that their anxieties are their neighbour's anxieties. The exhibition is to be described as strangely familiar, consolingly jarring, intuitive and pyschedelic. The title of the exhibition borrows from Alice Coltrane's song of the same title, Atomic Peace. Contributing artists: Bonolo Kavula Lebohang Kganye matsang (Malik Ntone Edjabe and Duduestang Lamola) Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa Simphiwe Buthelezi Sifiso Temba Pebofatso Mokoena curated by Chumisa Ndakisa Duration: 19 – 26 July 2017 .abc
Curatorial Development, Events, Exhibition

“Work Play” Curated by Layla Leiman

Join us for "WORK / PLAY" Curated by Layla Leiman in collaboration with the Fulcrum Group and Candice Berman Gallery. Opening : Wednesday 07 June 2017 6pm Walkabout : Saturday 10 June 2017 2pm Featuring artworks by Anastasia Pather, Anthea Moys, Io Makandal, Mbali Mdluli, Katharien de Villiers, Ruann Coleman. "WORK / PLAY" considers how artists play with ideas, materials, space, and tone in their work. How do mistakes, chance, experimentation and impulse influence the creative process? In what ways is play a creative force and aesthetic framework? Each of the artists on this exhibition engage with these questions in different ways through their work. "WORK / PLAY" reimagines the gallery space as a kind of playground, inviting interplay between artworks, audience and the space. Duration: 7 – 13 June 2017 at the Candice Berman Galleryabc
Curatorial Development

Curatorial Development Programme

The Bag Factory is looking for a young, dynamic aspiring curator to participate in our Curatorial Development Programme. We want to provide the aspiring curator with an opportunity to understand the end to end production of the exhibition process. The selected participant will be expected to work with professional curators to hone their proposal, select artists to participate on the exhibition, monitor the production of work, market and drive publicity for the artists and exhibition, price the works, hang the exhibition and finally make sales. The programme will take place from 1 May - 31 July 2017. APPLICATION DEADLINE - 18 April 2017 For application requirements, click hereabc


The Bag Factory is excited to announce its partnership with Professor Higgins and Professor Dhupa and the Nottingham Trent University. The Bag Factory would like to invite you to join us for the public opening of:


The elements of something presented that immediately precede or follow an event and experience that points towards its taking place.
When: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 Time: 5:30pm -8:30pm Where: Bag Factory, 10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg Contact: 011 834 9181 ||


The amount of material and the powerful nature of the material created from the 72 Hour Jam (in Johannesburg in September 2015, at the Ithuba Gallery) has inspired the participants of this project to want to continue the engagement between nations. The ‘Jam’ was hosted at the Ithuba Gallery Johannesburg and the subtext of the 72 Hour Jam was ‘Intercultural Dialogue for the Progress of Art and Civil Society.’ With this in mind we also explored areas such as Cultural Policy, Mobility issues affecting artists and general populations, the potential of the NGO and Charities Sector in South Africa and increasing the knowledge of African nations among the participants from Europe. The content and dialogue was rich, much of it riven with different and exciting tensions. It was these, which brought about the theme - Clash The exhibition will feature: Actions, objects, sculpture/materiality and forms, image, drawing, texts, spatial questioning and moving image. The exhibition forms inter-related relationships that will propose something that is becoming, caught between taking place or has just taken place. The exhibited material is part of an on-going artistic research inquiry exploring themes of intercultural dialogue, the role of the artist as advocate and what role can art practices, artistic methodologies and artefacts play in representing unseen, hidden and overlooked ‘clashes’ of conflict? This may address or respond to questions inherent in creative production itself or actions to produce art, the use of materials, images or address historical or political episodes. Rather than offering fixed positions the aim is to create an imaginative and creative space through the exhibition for the tension and clash between conflicting ideas and investigation to be explored through discussion. The proposal recognises the urgency of integrating collaborative and cross disciplinary approaches in response and need to address contemporary conflict as it grows ever more complex. Text

Exhibiting Artists:

Andile Buka (SA) Michael Cheesman (SA) Professor Venu Dhupa (UK) Craig Fisher (UK) Professor Duncan Higgins (UK) Caswell Lengoabala (SA) Erica Lüttich (SA) Tatenda Magaisa (SA) Io Makandal (SA) Peter Mammes (SA) Dr Ana Souto (UK)
Events, Exhibition

“Unplugged” – Mwamba Mulangala

The Bag Factory Artists' Studios presents: Unplugged an exhibition of mixed media works by Mwamba Mulangala, one of Zambia’s prominent artists. "Unplugged", a solo project by visiting studio artist Muwamba Mulangala Unplugged is a one night only event that marks the end of Muwamba`s 2month residency at the Bag Factory Artists' Studios. When: Tuesday, 2 August Time: 5:30pm -8:30pm Where: 10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg Contact: