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Regarded as a pioneering venture back in the 1990s, The Bag Factory in Fordsburg, Johannesburg celebrated its 25th birthday recently. It was initially setup to assist struggling black artists with resources and to act as a vehicle for the distribution of their art but has since opened the facility to all. Well-known South African artist David Koloane, along with London art collector Robert Loder, began the venture and the idea of the name Bag Factory came from the previous building tenant called the Speedy Bag Factory; the word Speedy was dropped and so began a space for young talented artists and creatives seeking an affordable studio where they could collaborate and engage with like-minded people.
The Bag Factory is inextricably linked to several other renowned artists who began their careers here and whose works are now proudly on display in major galleries throughout the world.
There are a total of 18 studios at the facility, as well as a gallery where finished works are presented for visitors to appreciate. Frequent pop-up exhibitions take place at the Bag Factory as do other art-related events.
An exciting concept offered by the Bag Factory is the visiting artists’ programme, where international artists are invited to spend three months at the studios to transfer knowledge and experience the city and cultures. In return, the Bag Factory expects the artist to participate in a community-oriented outreach programme of their choice.
The Bag Factory is a part of DutchCulture, an organisation that promotes international cultural ambitions.
The onsite shop sells quality art supplies and offers framing services.
A bus service runs along nearby Barney Simon Street, however, it’s an industrial area and we suggest you rather hire a vehicle to visit the studios.