Talent Unlocked 2024 presents a unique opportunity for South African artists in Gauteng to engage in a comprehensive five-month mentorship program.

RMB Talent Unlocked offers industry-specific training and one-on-one creative mentorship support, aimed at advancing artistic careers.

In conjunction with Bag Factory Artists' Studios and Artist Proof Studio, programme participants will benefit from studio space and ongoing support throughout the duration of the 2024 program.

The culmination of the program includes exposure to various professional exhibition and marketing opportunities, strategically timed to coincide with Joburg Art Fair’s peak season and exhibiting platforms in August and September.


Congratulations to Tawanda Takura

The selection jury, which included Bag Factory Director Maria Fidel Regueros and Programmes Manager Nala Xaba, as well as Strauss & Co. Executive Director Client Advisory Khetiwe McClain and Art Specialist Arisha Maharaj, agreed that Takura stands out as an exceptional artist. His self-taught practice in found object sculpture will significantly benefit from this opportunity for both creative and professional growth.

The 2024 call for entries included artists from several countries within the Triangle Network, such as Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia; and it is with great pride that the award this year is presented to a Zimbabwean artist.




iVum Vum by Lebogang Mabusela 
The exhibition has been extended to Saturday, 20 July 2024.

Stay tuned for more creative programming on our website and  social media platforms.

Bag Factory Artists’ Studios is pleased to present iVum Vum, a solo exhibition by Lebogang ‘Mogul’ Mabusela, also known as Monotypebabe. The exhibition, consisting of monotype prints, and drawings, unravels South Africa’s history with automotive culture.

Mabusela continues this inquisition into masculinity in new works featured in iVum Vum, which unpack the relationship between, specifically, men and their cars. The show’s title alludes to a song by Kwaito star Brown Dash of the same name. The song tells of Brown Dash courting a woman by offering to take her to the movies in his car. Mabusela’s new series expounds upon this by showing how such personification of the object as a woman, in turn, bolsters a culture in which women are objectified. Her spotlighting of the peacock green 1992 BMW E30 325is, popularly known as the “Gusheshe” asks viewers to interrogate the rift between popular culture and personal responsibility.

Click here for more information on the exhibition. 



Bag Factory Artists‘ Studios has a pioneering 32 year history of providing a supportive infrastructure for artists. By combining art making with cultural debate and exhibitions, we create a fertile international environment for experimentation, innovation, and cultural dialogue between creatives in South Africa and the rest of the world.

The Bag Factory Archive Project, in collaboration with Preempt Group, aims to preserve a rich history of past and present artists, including our co-founder Dr David Koloane, Sam Nhlengethwa, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa, as well as Penny Siopis, Tracey Rose, Kendell Geers, Gabi Ngcobo, Lady Skollie, Blessing Ngobeni, and Bronwyn Katz.

As the Bag Factory enters an important period of transition, it is more important than ever to conserve the historic records as a living archive, allowing art historians and researchers to access them for future generations.

The project lists, catalogues and preserves conserve the Bag Factory’s historic records as a living archive, allowing art historians and researchers to access them for future generations. 

The project is supported by the National Heritage Council and National Arts Council, Republic of South Africa.

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