The Bag Factory is looking for Emerging South African Female Artists for a Unique residency programme.

The programme, founded and sponsored by studio artist Benon Lutaaya and in its 2nd year, is a reflection of a deduction drawn from the 2010 national research project conducted by the Human Resources Council, African Micro-Economic Research Umbrella( AMERU), University of Witwatersrand, and the Thompson Research services, commissioned by the department of Arts and Culture which found that only 12% of women make-up the visual arts practising field in South Africa.

The award therefore, aims to provide a competitive platform and encourage more young female artists to actively engage in full time practice as artists by annually offering a young female South African artist with guided mentorship from Bag Factory artists, accommodation, a studio space for 6 months, a materials budget to focus on experimentation and new production and a solo show of their work at Lizamore & Associates gallery in Johannesburg.

The award comes with an additional fully sponsored 3 months European-based international artist residency at the end of the Bag Factory Residency.

The artist is expected to:

  • work from the Bag Factory, interacting with Bag Factory and local artists, and experiencing the city,
  • complete a written report on residency,
  • donate a work of art to the Bag Factory,
  • arrive on time and stay for the full period (6 months)

What will a successful applicant receive?

  • a 6 month residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios including a material stipend and accommodation if the winner is from outside Johannesburg
  • A return flight ticket to France for a 10 weeks international residency with SAFFCA in 2018.
  • R45,000.00 in stipend during the artist’s stay in Europe.
  • Solo show with Lizamore & Associates Gallery after the tenure of the Bag Factory and a European-based Residency in 2018
  • Turbine Art Fair group show together with the 2 runners-up
  • This applicant must be able to participate in the full programme starting on 01 July, through end of December 2017.

Applicants should not expect to profit financially from their stay at the Bag Factory, as this is cultural development programme.

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must be female
  • between 2 and 4 years practicing as an artist
  • must work in the medium of either drawing, painting, printmaking and/or sculpture.
  • applicants must be South African.

Applicants must submit:

  • a representative portfolio of work
  • a substantial 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 and why specifically you wish to come to the Bag Factory

DEADLINE; 18th/June/2017

Applications must be submitted by email to

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