A great start to 2017! We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season! It is almost the end of January and that time when many of us reassess our bu

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A great start to 2017!

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season! It is almost the end of January and that time when many of us reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish in the new year. We have hit the ground running with some great events and opportunities lined up just for you!




CW Exhibition invite email

If you are unable to attend the opening or you wish to understand the work in greater depth, join us for a WALKABOUT at Circa with the artist on Saturday 04 February at 11am.



Cape Town Artfair

Cape Town Art Fair 17-19 February 2017

Bag Factory Artists' Studios will be taking part at the Cape Town Art Fair in February 2017. One of the works on exhibition will be the new animations from Dr. David Koloane, one of the founding members of the Bag Factory.

Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, driven by the top galleries on the African continent.

For more information click here Cape Town Art Fair



The Fulcrum Group, in partnership with the Bag Factory Artists' Studios and the Candice Berman Gallery present the FULCRUM SUZANNE SHAW CREATIVE AWARD. The award in 2017 revolves around the concept of “seeing things differently” and exploring the intersection of where art and industrial design meet.

This Award has been created to celebrate the life of Su Shaw, who was an employee of the Fulcrum Group. Su was devoted to the visual arts and especially interested in the field of curatorship. This is the first curatorial award that the Bag Factory has offered and we believe that this presents a new and unique opportunity for curators to sink their teeth into a project of their making. The award aims to provide a development opportunity for the curator through a mentorship process as well as the hands on experience of producing an exhibition of this nature.




The Bag Factory's very successful SALON SALE looks to provide an opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their work. The exhibition will take place at the Bag Factory towards the end of May 2017 and we are looking for artists who wish to participate.

If you are interested in participating please email the following details to applications@bagfactoryart.org.za

Name, surname and contact details
High res (1Mb or larger) image of the work
Title, medium, size, year of completion
Price (including commission)

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be accepted.

Work requirements:
* All works, except those on stretched canvas must be framed by the artist.
* Works must be under R15 000 (including commission) in value)
* Works must be delivered to the Bag Factory by no later than 08 May
* Unsold works must be collected from the Bag Factory by no later than 02 June





Tendai Mupita

The Bag Factory artists studios would like to congratulate Tendai Mupita winner of the Blessing Ngobeni studio residency. Tendai completed his BFA degree in 2015 at Chinhoyi University, Zimbabwe. He specializes in printmaking and ceramics. What inspires him the most is that the studio residency programme is the conducive environment, creative space to work in and getting inspiration from a lot of artists. He is eager to develop his practice and acquire opportunities with other artist who can stimulate ideas and possibilities through building connections within the art industry.


Bronwyn Katz


Bag Factory is thrilled to announce that Bronwyn Katz has been selected for our 2017 Funded Studio Programme. The programme is funded by the National Lotteries Commissions and will start in February 2017 and will run for a calendar year.

Bronwyn Katz (b. 1993, RSA) recieved a BAFA from the University of Cape Town in 2015. She is a Simon Gerson Prize winner and a Sasol New Signatures merit award winner. Katz's practice spans many media, from sculpture and installation to video and performance. Katz is a founding member of iQhiya, an 11-women artist collective.



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Lady Skollie

Lady Skollie probes the politics of lust in her debut London show

After being tapped as one of the top five artists to see at London’s Frieze art week last year, South African artist Laura Windvogel, better known by the moniker Lady Skollie, is cutting her international teeth as she prepares for her first solo exhibition in London this month at the Tyburn Gallery.

The artist exhibited new ink, watercolour and crayon paintings and painted a large-scale mural at the gallery on site the day before the opening.
Lady Skollie’s oeuvre is synonymous with the tensions around sex, gender and the body, with provactive phallic papayas, bananas and repeated patterns of “pussy prints” being her trademark. In the new works, delicate and bold colours are blended within images that transcend her own take on sexual fantasies and desires.

The show, titled "Lust Politics", opened on January 19 and will run until March 4 2016. Visit Tyburn Gallery's site for more information.

For the full article on this story go to the MAIL & GUARDIAN ONLINE SITE


Blessing Ngobeni

Circa Gallery is thrilled to present a solo exhibition by


Exhibition opens on Thursday, 2 February 2017 at 6pm
Circa Gallery
2 Jellicoe Ave Rosebank Johannesburg

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Ayanda Mabulu

Footprints on Commissioner Street 1886/2016

Ayanda Mabulu and James Delaney

Opened on Saturday, 10 December 2016.

Exhibition runs until Sunday 29 January 2017.

HAZARD Gallery was proud to announce an exhibition of bold new work by artists James Delaney and Ayanda Mabulu.

The exhibition comprises new works by Mabulu and Delaney, two artists connected by their shared interest in the history of Johannesburg and the multiple human histories that intersect to contribute to the city’s make-up.

Coinciding with the 130th anniversary of Johannesburg’s existence, the show traces the history of the city and the footprints of the people from the first mining camps to present day. “Without the people’s footprint there would be no city and without the people the city is nothing,” says Mabulu.


Usha Seejarim

Early this year, Usha Seejarim completed two public art commissions for the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg.

The first commission was done in collaboration with mosaic artist Bronwen Findlay and comprises a mosaic element and an interactive sculptural component. The work is purposefully light, cheerful, playful, elevating and engaging for both children and adults.

The second artwork, titled "Fluttery" was installed in the foyer of the hospital early in 2017. The Flutterbys ‘make friendly’ something that could be somewhat scary for a child. Using kidney bowls and surgical scissors, Seejarim constructs butterfly-like shapes. They have been left unpainted to maintain the honesty and recognisability of their original form.

The fifty Flutterbys point directly to the twenty-seven years of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration and twenty-three years he gave in post-prison activism.

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Danny Myburgh

Danny Myburgh will be participating in a group sculpture exhibition at Almenkerk wine estate Elgin, in February 2017. The exhibition is curated by Gordon Froud and is entitled "Mute Wisdom". Her sculpture "Enslaved", seen above, will be part of the show. The work is constructed from found seal bones and cable ties.

2015 Cassirer Welz Award Winner Keneilwe Mokoena has been given an opportunity to work in Myburgh's studio at the Bag Factory for the next 2 months. Keneilwe Mokoena is a bright young visual artist based in Pretoria, with a National Diploma in Fine Art from the Tshwane University of Technology. Though her multi-media work currently spans painting, drawing, photography and installation, she is planning an exploration of sound, video and performance whilst in the studios.


Bev Butkow

Bounded-Ordered-Disorder by Bev Butkow was created for gallerist-curator Teresa Lizamore’s celebration of 35 years in the contemporary art industry. Lizamore has curated an exhibition titled 35 years: A Lizamore Perspective, which features a number of artists who represent an overview of her time in the industry. The exhibition runs from 2-25 February at 155 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood.

Bounded-Ordered-Disorder addresses what happens when we question offending practices and rules; when we push beyond accepted boundaries; when we upend convention. Butkow transforms her materials, such as nail polish, extending their use beyond the expected – breaking boundaries; seeking their liberation; seeking that balance-point between order and anarchy.


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