Open Call: Young/Unframed 2023

Key dates:

Deadline for entries: 14 July 2023, 23H59pm (SAST)

Successful applicants will be announced by no later than 30 July 2023.

Residency Dates: 

  • #01: Aug  - Oct 2023
  • #02: Oct  - Dec 2023
  • #03: Dec  - Feb 2024

Candidates should consider their availability during the above timelines.

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The Open Call for applications for the 2023 Edition of Young/Unframed residencies focused on young artists and aspiring curators is now OPEN. 

The residencies are open to Johannesburg-based young artists and aspiring curators (aged 21-35) working in the fields of painting, drawing, installation based practices, multi-media and photography.

Recipients will receive an intensive three-month focused time to create and exhibit at Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, including a working studio space shared with a curator, a modest honorarium, professional practice support, and an exhibition hosted at the Bag Factory Artists' Studios.

Deadline: 14 July 2023, 23h59 (SAST) with outcomes to be announced on 24 July 2023 or soon thereafter

NB: The project at this stage cannot support the re-location to and accommodation costs in Johannesburg, for the duration of the residency. This cost is to be borne by the recipients.



 The Bag Factory is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation in Newtown, Johannesburg. With a pioneering 30-year history of providing a supportive infrastructure for artists, the Bag Factory is unique in combining art making with cultural debate and art exhibitions, thereby creating a fertile international environment for experimentation, innovation, and cultural dialogue between creatives in South Africa and the rest of the world. We provide studio space to a cross-generational community of Johannesburg-based artists, and we host a prestigious international artist and curator residency programme.

We present regular exhibitions in our gallery that showcase new work by emerging artists to the wider public, and we also support the professional development of artists and curators through workshops, mentorship, and the prestigious David Koloane and Cassirer Welz awards. All our programmes are accompanied by a public programme that encourages a greater understanding of contemporary visual art and stimulates interaction between artists and the local community. We are affiliated with the International Triangle Network.