Anna Ehrenstein's Writing Workshop

WORKSHOP Writing Workshop We are pleased to have hosted Anna Ehrenstein’s writing workshop. Amidst the cold weather our participants came in their numbers to unpack ideas around artistic research which includes placing focus on writing concepts. Anna poses interesting questions such as when does research become artistic? In what time or phase can research become … Read more

AtWork Soweto Workshop

AtWork Soweto This workshop was conceived as an open format, AtWork can be adapted, implemented, and reproduced autonomously by cultural organizations and institutions all over the world: associations, artist collectives, schools, academies, and festivals.The format guidelines are provided by the Moleskine Foundation and shared openly so that each organization can tailor the format to their specific … Read more

Summer Salon 2022

EXHIBITION Annual Summer Salon Fundraiser 17 September – 18 November 2022 Following on from previous successes of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios annual Summer Salon, the 2022 Summer Salon looks to provide an opportunity for emerging, mid-career and established artists to showcase and sell their work. The funds raised from this event will go towards … Read more

Kutlwano Monyai and Princia Matungulu

EXHIBITION Kutlwano Monyai and Princia Matungulu -Botsalano le Megopolo: En nous, entre nous 6 August – 9 September 2022 The Bag Factory is delighted to announce the opening of 2021/2022 Young Womxn Studio Bursary funded by our alumni and artist Sam Nhlengethwa. Kutlwano Monyai and Princia Matungulu are recipients of this bursary. In this exhibition, … Read more

EXHIBITIONMpumelelo Buthelezi: Ukuzihlukanisa4 – 30 June 2022The Bag Factory is delighted to announce the opening of 2021 Cassirer Welz Award winner Mpumelelo Buthelezi’s solo exhibition Ukuzihlukanisa, curated by Thlalefi Maditsi.In Ukuzihlukanisa, Mpumelelo explores ideas of self-reflection, identity, and spirituality through black and white digital photographs. Through a series of self-portraits and portraits, he has produced … Read more

EXHIBITIONWezile Harmans: Do Not Trust the Borders29 JAN – 25 FEB 2022The Bag Factory is pleased to present DO NOT TRUST THE BORDERS a solo exhibition of new work by Wezile Harmans. This exhibition interrogates the migration policies that have resulted in the dehumanization of certain bodies through the colonial visa application processes. The intimidating buildings … Read more


Please join us for a conversation around live art on Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 18:00 CATNeo DisekoLerato ShadiNelisiwe XabaABOUT THE PANEL DISCUSSIONThe Bag Factory, a pioneering contemporary visual arts organisation in Johannesburg, currently celebrates its thirty year anniversary. Numerous acclaimed South African artists who specifically engage with live art have been resident artists at the … Read more

OFF/ EXHIBITIONBag Factory 30 Years; So Far, The Future 01 MAY – 19 JUN 2021 The Bag Factory is excited to announce its 30th anniversary exhibition, Bag Factory 30 Years: So Far, The Future, presented in partnership with FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg.The Bag Factory is celebrating three decades of our history and legacy as a non-profit … Read more

OFF/ EXHIBITIONMeeting Places10 APR – 10 MAY 2021Meeting Places is a collaborative exhibition presented by the Bag Factory and Guns & Rain at the new Oxford Parks precinct in Dunkeld. The exhibition features a selection of artists affiliated with the Bag Factory’s studios and Guns & Rain gallery. Join us for the opening on Sat 10 April … Read more

OPEN CALL: TURN2 ResidenciesCuratorial Research Residencies in Johannesburg for curators and cultural practitioners based in Germany. For Residencies in Berlin for curators based on the African continent, please click here.A joint project of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), the ZK/U – Center for Arts and Urbanistics and the Triangle Network.In collaboration with and … Read more