Residencies

The Bag Factory’s visiting artist program, which began in 1996, has already welcomed more than 200 artists, researchers, and curators, from around the world, to Johannesburg. Up to eight residencies are programmed each year, inviting mid-career international artists to work alongside a community of fifteen Johannesburg-based peers for one to three months. Residencies are self-directed and focus on enabling artists to research and develop new work in a supportive environment. Through public events, outreach, and Open Studios, these opportunities encourage interaction and dialogue between the visiting artists and local audiences.

The Bag Factory Artist’s Studios offers up to four visiting artist residencies per year, that are open to mid-career visual artists, located anywhere in the world. This is a partially funded programme, dependent on international partnerships and access to funding. Participants must be able to cover their own travel expenses, visa and health insurance costs. We do not accept unsolicited applications for this programme and ask that you keep an eye on our Opportunities page and apply when a call for applications is opened.

Should your application be successful, you will participate in a three-month programme working at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. You will get to know the resident artists at the Bag Factory, the city of Johannesburg and something about the art world in South Africa. Artists should not expect to profit financially from their stay in South Africa, as this is a cultural development programme.

As a visiting artist you will be expected to

– spend the majority of your stay working at the Bag Factory, interacting with Bag Factory and local artists, and experiencing the city

–  produce new works that will be exhibited at the Bag Factory in an Open Studio event

– stay for the full period (three months)

– complete a written report on your visit

– donate one of your artworks created during the residency to the Bag Factory, which will be used by the organization to ensure its sustainability.

The Visiting Curators Programme was initiated by the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in 2019 as the first formal international curatorial residency in South Africa. The programme provides emerging to mid-career curators with the opportunity to research, network, and interact with Bag Factory artists, as well as other local artists, curators and creative professionals.

This is a partially funded programme, dependent on international partnerships and access to funding. Participants must be able to cover their own travel expenses, visa and health insurance costs. We do not accept unsolicited applications for this programme and ask that you keep an eye on our Opportunities page and apply when a call for applications is opened.

Should your application be successful, you will participate in a one to three-month programme working at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. The selected participant will have the opportunity to develop and realise a curatorial project such as an exhibition, talks programme, or series of outreach events.

The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios now offers a self-funded Artist in Residence programme. Artists from all over the world have come to the Bag Factory to work alongside our talented artists and to meet, work, and grow within South Africa’s economic capital. Johannesburg is one of the busiest visual-art hubs in Africa. Apart from averaging three gallery openings a week, the city is filled with the bustle and momentum that infects artists and audiences alike. The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios offers artists an amazing opportunity to experience the vibrant visual arts scene of Johannesburg.

This package offers preferential space for professional artists who are able to finance their self-directed studio residency at the Bag Factory for two or more months. The price for this residency starts at R7400 (approximately US$515) per month. This includes studio space at the Bag Factory and a facilitation of your stay whilst in the city. The artist is expected to cover all other expenses including flights, visas, health insurance, local travel, meals and subsistence, as well as their own accommodation.

If you wish to apply for this please send a SINGLE PDF not larger than 6MB to applications@bagfactoryart.org.za including the following information:

– a representative portfolio of work produced in the past five years of at least 20 works.

– a curriculum vitae with full names, references, addresses and contact numbers

– a brief letter of motivation, not more than one A4 page long, outlining reasons for wishing to join the programme

– a recent photograph

– details of sources of funding

– preferred period of residency (dates and year)

Applications are assessed every 6-8 weeks and we suggest that you apply at least 6 months in advance of your stay.

Current & Upcoming Artists in Residence

Elizabeth Kobusinge Karamagi (Uganda)
2 Sep – 29 Nov 2019

Fadzai Muchemwa (Curator, Zimbabwe)
2 Sep – 29 Nov 2019

Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda)
1 Jul – 15 Sep 2019

Mako Ishizuka (Sweden)
29 Aug – 29 Oct 2019

Past Artists in Residence

Olivia Botha.

Olivia Botha (RSA)
10 Dec 2018 – 15 Feb 2019

Malebona Maphutse

Malebona Maphutse (RSA)
1 Oct 2018 – 29 Mar 2019

Candice Kramer

Candice Kramer (RSA)
14 Jan – 15 Apr 2019

Erla Haraldsdottir, The Seventh Day

Erla Haraldsdóttir (Iceland)
14 Jan – 15 Apr 2019