Bag Factory Internship Programme 2020/21

Opportunity Description

Closing date:

Project Assistant (Internship)
Fixed term, 4 months (1 December 2020 – 31 March 2021)
R 5,700 per month (cost to company)
9am-5pm, 3 days per week
Bag Factory, Johannesburg
Wednesday 2 December 2020 (10am SAST)
Thursday 3 December 2020 (via Zoom)
7 December 2020

The Bag Factory has two paid internship positions available as part of the Presidential Stimulus Programme supported by VANSA and ArtBAnk through Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.


The Bag Factory is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation in Newtown, Johannesburg. We provide studio space to a cross-generational community of Johannesburg-based artists. We also host a prestigious international artists’ residency and awards programme, alongside regular exhibitions that showcase new work by emerging artists to the wider public. We are affiliated with the international Triangle Network.

All our programmes are accompanied by events and an audience engagement programme that encourages greater understanding of contemporary visual art and stimulate interaction between artists and the local community.

This is a unique opportunity to join the Bag Factory as we celebrate the organisation’s 30th anniversary with an exciting program of projects, exhibitions, and events.

Job Description:

  • Daily duties such as welcoming visitors, responding to emails, studio administration
  • Administrative support to project manager including assistance with project plans, project budgets and reporting.
  • Assist with content for social media pages and press releases.
  • End-to-end (concept-to-completion) of a major art administration project under the intern mentor
  • End-to-end (concept-to-completion) of an arts administration project: independently planned and organised by the intern
  • Adhoc support to other organisational departments making up no more than 15% of the intern’s time.

Experience and abilities:

  • Applicants are required to have a BA degree or diploma in a humanities or visual art discipline including Fine Art, Art History, Heritage Management, Curatorship, Visual Studies, or Literature/Journalism.
  • Competent writing skills and basic knowledge of Microsoft office.
  • Experience in working with visual art projects and/or exhibitions.
  • Good written and communication skills
  • Proficient in Word and Excel and generally computer literate.
  • Photoshop and design skills are an advantage.
  • The ability to work well within a team.



  • The intern will be mentored by the direct line manager
  • Mentorship will be day to day with a monthly performance discussion
  • As part of a small team, interns will also have opportunities to work in other departments for wider experience
  • A written end of internship review will be discussed with the intern.
  • The intern will receive a reference letter from the mentor. The mentor reserves the right to determine the content of the reference letter.


Application Requirements

  • A short CV
  • A motivation letter
  • A copy of your ID or passport
  • The contact details of two references
  • Your contact details


Deadlines for applications is the 2nd of December at 10am (SAST). Late applications will not be considered.


Please email your applications or queries to or call 011 834 9181


The shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Zoom interview on 3 December 2020. Shortlisted candidates may be requested to complete a practical exercise. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. We reserve the right not to appoint.