Dear Friends and Supporters,
Now more than ever, the Bag Factory relies on support from individuals and patrons to stay afloat during the Covid-19 crisis. Significant income has been lost as a result of cancelled programmes and fundraising events, which may continue to be affected into early 2021. Vital contributions during this precarious time will help us to support our studio artists while ensuring that we can pay staff salaries and cover our operational expenses while we weather the storm.
For the love of art, the Bag Factory needs your support now so that we can reopen and resume our programming once South Africa and the world has recovered.
The Bag Factory is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation in Johannesburg, South Africa. Under one roof it houses 18 artist studio spaces, a fine art lithography print studio, a gallery showcasing new work by emerging artists, and space for hosting events that encourage a greater understanding of visual art and stimulates interaction between artists and our audiences. Fifteen studios are subsidised to provide affordable studio space to a cross-generational community of Johannesburg-based artists; three studios are reserved for international artist residencies and the Bag Factory's artist development programmes which provide much-needed mentorship to young and emerging artists.
The Bag Factory was founded in 1991 and has a pioneering almost 30-year history of providing a supportive infrastructure for artists. It’s crucial role for the arts in South Africa is confirmed by a long list of celebrated alumni. It is unique in combining art making with cultural debate and art exhibitions, thereby creating a fertile environment for experimentation, innovation and cultural dialogue between creatives in South Africa and the rest of the world.