The Bag Factory is a non-profit organisation promoting the visual arts through a broad range of activities. Artists - both upcoming and established - rent affordable studios in a cultural environment that encourages diversity and cross-fertilisation of ideas and practice. Younger artists and students can obtain advice, support and encouragement, drawing on the expertise of older resident artists. The organisation runs a residency programme to facilitate cultural exchange and debate, both nationally and internationally. Participating artists thus form a vital link to the major art and cultural networks within South Africa and abroad. The space is a focal point for visiting curators, artists, academics and collectors.
The organisation (in collaboration with business partners and sponsors) also provides opportunities to the broader community, such as workshops and educational opportunities to promote visual education and skills development.
The Bag Factory is affiliated to the Triangle Arts Trust . Workshops and studio residency programmes operate in over eighteen countries world wide. It initiates and facilitates the exchange of ideas and practice between an extensive continuously growing network of artists around the world.
In addition to the studios, a professional lithograph printing facility is provided. The Artists’ Press is independently run by Tamarind Master Printer Mark Attwood, who has, since 1991, worked with internationally renowned artists such as Sam Nhlengethwa, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, David Koloane. We also have the expertise of artist and designer Paul Emmanuel, who designs posters and catalogues from his studio at the Bag Factory.