Bag Factory Artists' Studios 2018 Annual Report

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Bag Factory Artists’ Studios

2018 ANNUAL REPORT


David Koloane Award winner Lwando Dlamini with studio artist Gail Behrmann

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CONTENT 2

DIRECTOR’S INTRODUCTION

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ABOUT US

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OUR HISTORY AND MISSION

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FUNDING AND SUPPORT

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MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

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BAG FACTORY BOARD

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OUR TEAM

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AWARDS

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AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT

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CURATORIAL DEVELOPMENT

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EXHIBITIONS

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FUNDRAISING

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PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

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VISITING ARTIST PROGRAMME

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DIRECTOR’S INTRODUCTION

It has been a busy year at the Bag Factory, with a new Programme Manager joining the organisation in April 2018, and a new Director joining the organisation in June 2018. Despite the challenges of change and transition, the year in summary speaks to the hard work and dedication that the team has demonstrated in coming together to work towards a shared goal of ensuring that the organisation delivers consistently excellent creative programmes.

The Bag Factory successfully administered four mentorship/development awards, benefitting four artists and one curator. Two of these partnerships were nominated for the 2018 Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards. We were nominated for the First Time Sponsor Award with the Fulcrum Group for the Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award, and Long-term Partner Award with Strauss & Co. for the Cassirer Welz Award. Although we did not win in either category, alongside other equally outstanding projects, we are honoured by the recognition of the meaningful contribution that these partnerships make to the visual arts sector and the individuals they benefit. 4


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We hosted seven artists from cities spanning four continents, including London, Tehran, Brazil, Sweden, and South Africa, as part of our Visiting Artist Programme, in a continued effort to generate international dialogue and cross-cultural exchange. We delivered numerous audience development projects ranging from film screenings, talks, and three of our Inner-City Kids Workshops which we hope will inspire lower income young learners to grow into our art audiences of the future. Four exhibitions were delivered in the Bag Factory exhibition space and three exhibitions delivered off-site in partnership with Everard Read Gallery, UJ Gallery, and Kalashnikovv Gallery. Two professional practice workshops, the Artist Career Boot Camp and Non-Metropolitan Artist Mentorship Programme, were delivered to almost 30 emerging and aspiring artists, who we hope to see go on to professionalise their practice and develop successful, sustainable art careers.

future. Key to this has been streamlining the focus areas and strategy for the Bag Factory’s creative programming going forward, a renewed emphasis on raising the quality and profile of the artists’ studios and exhibition programming, and a concerted effort to finalise the purchase of the building the Bag Factory has occupied since its inception 28 years ago. Discussions with the relevant parties have proved positive and paperwork for an offer to purchase is currently being drafted. While this is very exciting and promising news for the secured future of the Bag Factory and potential for development of the building, it is also imperative that the Bag Factory’s director, staff, and board invest vital energy into meeting the fundraising challenges that lie ahead. With a threeyear fundraising plan in place, the Bag Factory can certainly achieve this goal. Candice Allison Director

The year closed with renewed energy and a positive vision for the next five years of the organisation’s 5


About Us


Celebrating founding artist David Koloane’s 80th birthday

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OUR HISTORY AND MISSION

Bag Factory Artists’ Studios is an independent Non-Profit Organisation, providing interactive studio space for practicing visual artists where the exchange of ideas is encouraged and stimulated. It achieves its aims through resident artist studios, international residencies, exhibitions, specialist skills workshops and audience outreach. The Bag Factory has been supporting and promoting the visual arts in South Africa since 1991. It is affiliated with the international Triangle Network.

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Bag Factory Artists’ Studios is located on the border of the vibrant suburbs of Fordsburg and Newtown in Johannesburg. Founded by South African artist Dr David Koloane, and British art lover and philanthropist Sir Robert Loder, Bag Factory Artists’ Studios has been a space for visual artistic creativity since its inception in 1991. Established in an old bag manufacturing warehouse converted to provide studio space to artists from different racial, cultural and educational backgrounds, over the past three decades the organisation has grown to be synonymous with inclusion and diversity.

extended the scope of the organisation towards one that supports, promotes and develops the visual arts and artists in South Africa. At the time of its founding it was one of the first studio spaces in the country. Some of South Africa’s now most famous artists started their careers at the Bag Factory, including Helen Sibidi, Deborah Bell, David Koloane, Kay Hassan, Sam Nhlengethwa, Pat Mautloa, Kendell Geers, Penny Siopis and Tracey Rose, to name just a few of the more than 200 artists who have worked at the Bag Factory throughout its history. The organisation is still a launching pad for emerging artists while enabling them an opportunity to be mentored by established, full time practicing artists.

Its ground-breaking and internationally renowned visiting artists’ programme as well as its numerous professional practice workshops and exhibitions have

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Through its various programmes, the Bag Factory aims to address the needs of local artists, promote the visual arts in South Africa, and encourage international networking and learning by exchange. The building contains 17 studios, a fine art lithography printing studio, as well as a workshop and exhibition space. The Bag Factory has provided one of the few dedicated spaces for visual arts studios in Johannesburg. The organisation’s programmes continue to stand for inclusion and diversity, built on an idea of open access. Key elements to the success of the Bag Factory has been the ability to attract and maintain relationships with local and international artists to its various programmes:

• Awards Programmes

• Audience Development Programme • Curatorial Development • Exhibitions Programme • Fundraising

• Professional Skills Development • Visiting Artist Programme • Studio Provision

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Line & Gesture | Group exhibition at Bag Factory Artists’ Studios

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FUNDING AND SUPPORT

Bag Factory Artists’ Studios would like to take the opportunity to thank all our supporters, partners, collaborators, collectors, audience and the many artists who supported our work in 2018.

Our Collaborating Partners

KOOSHK

Absa

IASPIS

Artlogic

SMAC Gallery

Art Source South Africa

Strauss & Co. Fine Art Auctioneers

BASA

Triangle Network

Our Funding Partners

Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize

Department of Arts and Culture

Dalro

Gauteng Provincial Government

Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria

National Lotteries Commission

Everard Read Gallery Fulcrum Group

Our Sponsors Distell

Hendrick’s Gin Steenberg

Kalashnikovv Gallery

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BAG FACTORY MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

Board

Director

Programme Manager

Marketing & Project Assistant

Finance

Housekeeping

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BAG FACTORY BOARD

Chairperson: Makgati Molebatsi Makgati is a Marketing and Communications specialist with extensive experience gained over 25 years. She graduated with a BA (SS) degree from the then University of the North (currently University of Limpopo) and went on to complete a Certificate in Business Administration from the Post Graduate Institute offered by the Wits Business School. After working for a year as a Social Worker, she moved into Marketing and Communications and has worked for Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, the Edgars Group (now Edcon), Eskom, Elements Marketing and Advertising and Intersite Property Management Services. Makgati announced at the end of 2018 that she will be stepping down from the Board after serving the Bag Factory for ten years. She will continue to work with the organisation in developing a patrons programme. 15


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The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios would like to thank outgoing Chairperson Makgati Molebatsi for her passionate and dedicated service to the board and the organisation for more than ten years. Under her Chairmanship, the administration of the organisation moved from a part time to a full time Director, a strategic direction which improved artistic programming for the Bag Factory. Her marketing expertise contributed to fully enhancing the organisation’s image through its implementation of several art awards, including the Cassirer Welz Award, David Koloane Award, and Curatorial Development Programme. She also introduced a more governanceoriented board with each board member contributing business expertise in areas such as Human Resources, finance, law and architecture.

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Sara Hallatt

Tshepo Hlongwane

Sara started her career in below the line marketing in 2003 with blackmagic communications after completing her BADA at WITS. Since then she has produced events locally and internationally including the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the Confederations Cup ‘09 and the FIFA World Cup ‘10 for the VWV Group. In 2011 Sara left VWV to take up the Directorship of one of SA’s foremost visual arts NGO's, the Fordsburg Artists’ Studios, more fondly known as the Bag Factory. In 2017 she left the Bag Factory as Director and was invited to join the Board. In 2015 Sara completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and was awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship to Northwestern University in Chicago to study business and entrepreneurship.

Tshepo has over 7 years of experience working in banking where he mainly focuses on liquidity and risk management for the foreign currency balance sheet within the Corporate and Institutional Banking division of Investec Bank in Johannesburg. Tshepo is passionate about empowering youth and promoting talented South African artists. He co-founded the Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Program, a program aimed at providing mentorship, career guidance and life skills to high school learners. He also co-founded the Young Professionals Forum (YPF), a vehicle to encourage active citizenry among young professionals from all sectors of the economy. He is the founder and director of Brown Eyed Boy, a social entrepreneurship business that curates, sources and exhibits artworks of talented South African artists.

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Zachary Isdahl

Veronica King

Zachary is an experienced strategist, relationship builder, and team leader with nearly 15 years of senior-level global development experience, primarily in East and Southern Africa. He is recognized for his creative thinking, cultural competence, and ability to successfully lead international programs in complex and politically sensitive environments with a diverse range of high-level governmental, international, NGO, and private sector stakeholders. Zachary is also a tireless champion of contemporary African art. As a Co-Founder of Africa Facing Art, he works to advance the role of the creative and cultural sectors as a key driver of development on the continent - through the platform of contemporary African art. He holds an MBA from the University of Geneva in Switzerland, with a specialization in international organizations, and a BS in Sociology and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Veronica is founder and CEO of Emuthini Consulting based in Johannesburg. She is a communication specialist, master facilitator and global executive coach with almost 20 years’ experience. Veronica has held senior executive positions in South Africa, across Africa and internationally where she has earned business acumen, market intelligence, empathy and understanding for organisational systems and human dynamics. She has strong diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, facilitating and building consensus among diverse individuals. The value she adds to our board and other boards is her executive coaching, facilitation skills, transformation, and encouraging inclusion and belonging in environments with diverse individuals. She is passionate about art. Veronica mentored several art entities when she volunteered for the BASA Mentorship programme for over ten years. 18


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Pierre Lombart

Mphethi Morojele

Born in Brussels, Pierre moved to South Africa after completing his studies as an Architect and Town Planner at Saint Luc. He worked with GLH Architects for 31 years, withdrawing from the position of Senior Partner after a health accident to take up the role as Honorary Chairman. In this way he participates in the conceptual work of projects while taking care of professional relationships he created with major corporate clients. GLH Architects has been involved in corporate and residential projects in the main hubs of Johannesburg. Pierre is passionate about art, serving as a member of the international friends of documenta, the acquisition committee of Photography department of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the friends of the Whitechapel Gallery, London. He also manages the South African Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Mphethi is owner and founder of MMA Design Studio, a mid-sized award-winning architecture and design studio, established in Johannesburg in 1995. Born in Lesotho, he lived in several countries in Southern and East Africa and in Italy before studying architecture at the University of Cape Town and at the Bartlett, University College London. His built and critical work has been recognized and awarded locally and abroad for engaging the African landscape through a contemporary interpretation of indigenous knowledge and cultural practices. He has curated exhibitions on South African architecture and urbanity at the Venice Biennale, RIBA, London, and AEDAS, Berlin. He was a key member of the scientific committee of the 2014 International Union of Architects congress in Durban and is one of the founding committee members of the African Architecture Awards. 19


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Patrick Kagiso Mautloa

Usha Seejarim

Pat is a leading South African visual artist who has been based at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios since 1992. He studied art at Mofolo Park Arts Centre and Rorke’s Drift, and later went on to teach part-time at Mofolo Arts Centre and at FUBA. He has been a vital part of the Bag Factory’s activities and his natural warmth and commitment to open artistic practice makes him an asset to the Bag Factory. He is a committee member of the Thupelo Art Project and has participated in the yearly workshops. He plays an integral role in the Bag Factory’s mentorship and skills development programmes for emerging artists. If you visit his studio you will find it layered with bits and pieces of times gone by, found fragments of the city and relics of the people who have passed through his corner of it. This connection and institutional history is invaluable to the Bag Factory’s efforts.

Usha is an artist and curator, who worked from a studio at the Bag Factory from 2016-2018. She received a B-Tech Degree in Fine Art from the University of Johannesburg in 1999 and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art at University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. In 2018, Seejarim was the recipient of the prestigious Dak’Art Biennale Sculpture Prize; and was awarded the Tomorrow’s/Today Prize at the 2018 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, in Cape Town. Seejarim also presented an artist talk on Mistress Pieces: Iconic Artworks by Feminists and Gender Activists at the University of Johannesburg.

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OUR TEAM

Director: Candice Allison

Prior to joining the Bag Factory in June 2018, Candice worked as an independent curator, mainly adopting a collaborative method and a transdisciplinary approach. She holds a BA Hons in Visual Studies from University of Pretoria, an MA in Curating from Kingston University London, and is a PhD candidate in History specialising in curating and museology at University of the Western Cape. Candice has curated and co-curated exhibitions at Iziko South African National Gallery, the National

Gallery of Zimbabwe, University Museum Stellenbosch, Kalmar könstmuseum (Sweden), Sodertalje könsthal (Sweden), Goodman Gallery Cape Town, LKB/G (Hamburg), Njelele Art Station (Harare) and several project spaces in London. She was a curator at The New Church Museum in Cape Town from 2013-2016, producing exhibitions, public programmes, and contributing to the research and development of the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary South African and African art. She participated in the Tate Intensive: Art Matters at Tate Modern in 2017 and was the recipient of a Pro Helvetia SADC Research Residency Grant to continue researching developments in the Zimbabwean arts sector. Previously, she was part of the team that delivered the inaugural Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011.

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Programme Manager: Tiina Liebenberg

Project Assistant: Linda Malefo

Tiina joined the Bag Factory in April 2018 after completing a year abroad teaching in South Korea. She graduated from North West University with a BA in Communication, Honours in Art History, and MA in Art History. With a passion for the visual arts, philosophy and history, her research was focussed on the “therapeutic” role of art within societies that have been harmed by the abuse of power, with a specific focus on the South African context. Tiina has been involved with various projects, exhibitions and organisations since 2012 and worked as project manager, arts administrator and artist assistant. She worked as a Gallery Manager at NWU Gallery from 2013-2015.

Linda joined the Bag Factory in January 2016 as a project assistant, before being promoted to Marketing & Project Assistant. He studied at the Ga-Rankua Hotel School in Pretoria and then left South Africa for Palm Beach Gardens, to further his knowledge in the culinary arts. He is currently furthering his studies in a BBA in Marketing Management at the IMM Graduate School. He firmly believes in the philosophy led by Dr David Koloane that "black African entrepreneurs will need to play a major role in the complexities of the art market in order to release black practitioners from the cap in hand.” 22


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Housekeeper: Makhosi Mthembu

FINANCE

Makhosi Mthembu joined the Bag Factory in 2015. She works two days a week and during special events and workshops, ensuring that the Bag Factory’s office, gallery, and common areas are kept tidy and pristine. She assists the team in preparing studios to create a welcoming environment for our visiting artists, and has been an integral part of the team’s efforts to reduce the amount of storage space used by the Bag Factory office, which has in turn freed up an extra studio space and allowed LL Editions Fine Art Printmaking to expand their operations.

The Director oversees all financial management and reporting for the organisation. The Director and Programme Manager manage the finances internally by logging and monitoring funds for internal management accounts. All payments are approved and processed by three signatories. Accounting and bookkeeping is outsourced to accounting firm RNX Accounting. Accountant Xavier Labutte and bookkeeper Stephen Behr load all transactions into the organisation’s accounting management software on a weekly basis, manage payroll, and ensure the organisation’s compliance with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and South African Revenue Services (SARS). The management accounts are prepared for the board on a quarterly basis, and the organisation’s annual finances are audited by Neville Hyde & Associates. 23


2018 Programmes


Elephant in the Room | Interactive performance by Hiroko Tsuchimoto (Visiting Artist, Sweden)

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AWARDS The Bag Factory administers several prestigious mentorship and development awards in collaboration with different valued partners. These awards are aimed at benefitting young and emerging artists or curators (under the age of 35), with financial support and professional guidance in taking their career to the next step towards a self-sustainable creative practice. Each award is advertised with an open call for applications, and our Programme Selection Committee meets regularly to select the recipients of these awards.

The Programme Selection Committee comprises a selection of professionals involved in the visual arts. It is the responsibility of the committee to assess applications to the Bag Factory from artists who wish to be involved with our studios, residencies and projects. The committee for 2019 comprises Candice Allison (Director), Tiina Liebenberg (Programme Manager), Makgati Molebatsi (Board Member and Art Consultant), Bag Factory artists Bev Butkow and Diana Hyslop, and external specialists Mark Edwards (University of Johannesburg), Nina Barnett (University of Witwatersrand), Londi Modiko (Independent Curator), and Justin Davey (Curator at Goodman Gallery).

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BLESSING NGOBENI ART PRIZE

Bag Factory Artists’ Studios partnered with artist Blessing Ngobeni for the second year of this art prize. As a previous winner of the Cassirer Welz Award, Blessing is supporting a young, emerging artist (under 35 and not represented by a gallery) with a three month studio residency and solo exhibition at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. The recipient also receives a materials budget and monthly stipend. The winner of the 2018 Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize was Simphiwe Buthelezi. Simphiwe obtained a National Diploma (Fine Art) from the University of Johannesburg in 2017. Her practice is concerned with the black female’s voice in relation to the male; and patriarchal notions in relation to the female form.

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CASSIRER WELZ AWARD

Now in its eighth year, the award was created in honour of renowned art dealer Reinhold Cassirer and Stephan Welz, the late art auctioneer and co-founder of Strauss & Co. The recipient receives a 10-week residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, culminating in a solo exhibition of new work at SMAC Gallery Johannesburg, marking the onset of a new relationship between the Cassirer Welz Award and this leading contemporary art gallery.

Presented in partnership with Strauss & Co. Fine Art Auctioneers, the Cassirer Welz Award gives emerging artists an opportunity to develop and showcase a new body of work to a wider audience and significantly elevate their career.

Multidisciplinary artist Olivia Botha was announced as the winner of the 2019 Cassirer Welz Award at an event at Strauss & Co. Fine Art Auctioneers in Johannesburg on the 26th of November. Born 1991 in Bloemfontein and raised in Cape Town, Olivia Botha graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2017 with Dean’s Merits List. Botha is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on video performance, sound and sculptural installation.

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DAVID KOLOANE AWARD

The award gives studio space and mentorship to promising young artists, and most importantly it gives them space to experiment and push their practice further.

Now in its 9th year, the annual David Koloane Award celebrates the achievements and contributions of artist, curator and writer, Dr David Koloane, one of the founders of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios.

Two winners were announced for the 2018 David Koloane Award: Lwando Dlamini, from the Western Cape and Phemo Matlhabe from the North West Province. These young and talented artists worked with Bag Factory mentors Pat Mautloa and Bev Butkow for a period of 8 weeks, creating new works which were exhibited at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios booth at the 2018 FNB Joburg Art Fair at the Sandton Convention Centre. Both Matlhabe and Dlamini, sold very well at the Fair. Four young creatives were also given the opportunity to be a part of the Art Fair as interns for the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. We were very happy to have had Mary-Lee Makunye, Simphiwe Buthelezi, Joe Turpin, and Sibusiso Makhunga, as part of the team this year. 30


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FULCRUM SUZANNE SHAW CREATIVE AWARD

Opened to aspiring curators younger than 35, the award was given to the proposal that best fits Fulcrum’s slogan of “seeing things differently”. The winner of the 2017 Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative award was Dineke van der Walt, who has experience as the Gallery Manager of Lizamore and Associates, and holds an Honours Degree in Arts history from the University of North West in Potchefstroom. The Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award was initiated in memory of a beloved Fulcrum staff member Suzanne Shaw, by recognising and promoting young curatorial talent and helping them get a better foothold into the world of exhibition curatorship.

Under the mentorship of independent curator Tšhegofatso Mabaso, Dineke developed and curated a group exhibition titled In Silva which took place at Kalashnikovv Gallery in Braamfontein from 27 August – 1 September 2018.

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AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Our audience development programmes are aimed at increasing awareness and appreciation for contemporary art.

Events may take the form of film screenings, talks or panel discussions which explore individual topics in greater detail; outreach programmes which take art to spaces and audiences outside of the Bag Factory; or our Inner City Kids Workshops, which are delivered in collaboration with schools and children’s homes located within the Johannesburg CBD and surrounds.

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Book Launch | In the world: essays on contemporary South African art 9 March 2018 Ashraf Jamal is a cultural analyst, editor, and teacher in the media studies program at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and a researcher at VIAD at the University of Johannesburg. He is the co-author of Art in South Africa: The Future Present and the coeditor of Indian Ocean Studies: Social, Cultural and Political Perspectives. He’s also the author of Predicaments of culture in South Africa, 100 Good Ideas Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy, Love themes for the wilderness, the award-winning short fiction, The Shades, and, most recently, In the World: Essays on contemporary South African art. Jamal has delivered numerous public lectures and written and edited countless monographs on art. His edited volume on Robin Rhode to be published in 2018. In conversation with Ashraf was Thembinkosi Goniwe and Dr.Same Mdluli.

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Mothers Tongue, a workshop presented by Libita Clayton 16 - 17 March 2018 Mothers Tongue was a two-day workshop devised by Libita Clayton in response to local conversations about language, formation, communication, place and displacement; specific to the people of South Africa and Clayton's temporary studio at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Johannesburg. Day 1 was focused on listening and day 2 was focused on recording. Participants worked together to record sound and talk about histories - future, present or past, to frame and hold space. This workshop encouraged the voices of marginalised peoples to be heard, shared and experienced through storytelling and experimental approaches to preserving orated histories.

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Children’s Art Class in association with Studiosus 16 March 2018 We welcomed a German tour group to the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios on 16 March 2018. The event was organized by Thuli Mlambo-James and Studiosus, an organisation that coordinates tours all around the world. Adults in the group had the chance to meet some of the artists at the Bag Factory, while their children participated in art classes presented by Thonton Kabeya and Asanda Kupa.

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Interactive performative workshops by Hiroko Tsuchimoto at Victoria Yards 4-6 & 14 March 2018

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Elephant in the room, a performance piece by Hiroko Tsuchimoto 26 April 2018 Hiroko Tsuchimoto ended her residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios with a performance titled Elephant in the room (26 April 2018). The artist also opened her studio to visitors and asked visitors to interact by writing down how they are feeling at the moment. Elephant in the room was very well-received and Hiroko Tsuchimoto will be returning to Johannesburg in October 2018 to collaborate with artists she met during her time at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios.

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Tied Rope, film screening by Phumulani Ntuli 26 May 2018 Bag Factory resident artist Phumulani Ntuli presented his short film, Tied Rope, which won him a PPC Imaginarium Award (Film category) earlier this year, on the 26th of May 2018. The audience entered a non-linear narrative through the gaze of two artists – co-founders of Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, David Koloane and Kagiso Patrick Mautloa. The audience was welcomed with freshly-popped popcorn and invited to relax on beanbags and ottomans for the duration of the screening. Phumulani Ntuli also lead an interesting discussion about his work and answered the many questions the audience had to ask.

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Artists’ Resale Rights Forum, presented by DALRO 22 June 2018

DALRO (the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation) presented a forum on Artists’ Resale Rights, in association with the Bag Factory. The event was well-attended and well-received, sparking interesting and enlightening conversations between the panel [Lazarus Serobe (DALRO) and James Sey (Aspire Art Auctions)] and about 30 attendees.

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Inner City Kid’s Workshops at UJ Art Gallery as part of TRANS exhibition 16 & 17 August 2018 The Bag Factory presented two Inner City Kids Workshops at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, where TRANS, a group exhibition of present and past Bag Factory Artists curated by Daniella Géo, was showing. The two classes were attended by the Salvation Army’s Strathyre Girls Home, which is situated in Kensington, Johannesburg and is home to 60 girls between the ages of 3 and 21. The vision of the home is to ensure that the girls are well looked after, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for their development in future. Its mission is to provide a secure, caring and loving home environment, within which the children’s past hurts are addressed and where a spirit of hope for the future is encouraged and nurtured. 40


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Inner City Kid’s Workshop on printmaking as part of The Art of Lithography 2 November 2018 The Art of Lithography: a collaborative expression of LL Editions opened at the Wits Art Museum on 25 September 2018 and will run until January 2019. The exhibition, curated by Boitumelo Tlhoaele and Tšhegofatso Mabaso, is a tribute to renowned master printer Leshoka Joe Legate and the LL Editions Lithography Fine Art Lithography Studio which operates from the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. As part of the exhibition, the Bag Factory organized a field trip for learners from Fordsburg Primary School to visit the exhibition and learn more about Wits Art Museum and printmaking as an art form. The learners then visited the Bag Factory where they participated in a creative workshop on printmaking. 41


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Art21 Film Screening: Season 9, “Johannesburg 15 November August 2018 The Bag Factory hosted a screening of Art in the Twenty-First Century’s new episode, focussing on artists working within Johannesburg: David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Robin Rhode, and Zanele Muholi. The event went well with popcorn and punch being served and ended with an informal discussion of the featured artists’ works.

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Open Studios | Visitors with Bag Factory resident artist Thonton Kabeya

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CURATORIAL DEVELOPMENT There is a marked shortage of curatorial skills in South Africa and we have since gone on to grow and develop our Curatorial Development Programme, one of only two curatorial mentorship programmes in Johannesburg, with the aim of developing and promoting skills in curatorship, arts administration, research, and preservation of visual arts heritage.

In 2012, Bag Factory hosted the first Curatorial Intensive workshop on the African continent, in partnership with Independent Curators International

(ICI) and Triangle Network. The participants of this workshop have all gone on to succeed in their chosen careers and many now occupy positions of leadership in the South African arts industry.

Our Curatorial Development Programme emerged out of this workshop and has already developed the skills of aspiring curators such as Portia Malatjie, Kim Gurney, Jacob Lebeko, Chumisa Ndakisa, and Layla Leiman, who have all developed curatorial concepts, sourced, and exhibited work by early to mid-career South African artists. To develop more curators in South Africa the Bag Factory aims to continue providing hands on experience to aspiring curators.

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2019 BAG FACTORY CURATORIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 1 November 2018 – 30 March 2019 The Bag Factory’s Curatorial Development Programme provides a dynamic aspiring curator with the opportunity to understand the end-to-end production of the exhibition process. The recipient receives mentorship from experienced curators and a funded exhibition at the Bag Factory Artist Studios. They select artists to participate in the exhibition, monitor the production of work, market and drive publicity for the artists and the exhibition, price the works, hang the exhibition and finally make sales. The selected curator for our 2018 programme was Carlyn Strydom. Carlyn is a researcher and curator with an interest in South African history and heritage particularly as it relates to slavery and the effects of that system on contemporary society. Her research extends to the role of museums in society and the nature of contemporary African art. She holds a B.A in English and Media Studies, a B.A Honours in Curatorship and an MPhil in Heritage and Public Culture. 45


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EXHIBITIONS We had a busy and varied exhibition programme in 2018, realising exhibitions both in the Bag Factory Gallery and off-site. Bronwyn Katz: Erf 23 – 26.02 2018 Richard ‘Specs’ Ndimande: Cassirer Welz Award 10 – 14 March 2018 Everard Read Gallery Libita Clayton & Celina Portella: What Knot Not 29.02 2018

TRANS | Curated by Daniella Géo University of Johannesburg Art Gallery 15.08 – 19.09 2018 In Silva | Curated by Dineke van der Walt Kalashnikovv Gallery 23.08 – 1.09 2018 Line & Gesture | Curated by Candice Allison and Tiina Liebenberg 8.09 – 13.09 2018 Pebofatso Mokoena: Inside Jobs 20.09 – 4.10 2018

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Celina Portella & Libita Clayton: What Know Not | 29.02.2018 | Bag Factory Artists’ Studios

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Bronwyn Katz: Erf | 23 – 26.02.2018 | Bag Factory Artists’ Studios

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Bronwyn Katz: Erf 23 – 26.02.2018 As recipient of a year-long studio bursary, Katz worked primarily with discarded springs sourced from forgotten and neglected spaces in Johannesburg's CBD, produced a body of work for a solo exhibition titled Erf. Erf the Afrikaans verb can be translated to mean inherit, while erf the noun in the context of South Africa refers to a plot of land. These two readings of the exhibition title speak to the intrinsic connection between land and inheritance. Katz deconstructs her material so that the ghosts and skeletons of the material is all that remains. This idea of ghosts and remains informs the conceptual grounding of her practice. She investigates the potential of her chosen materials to serve as markers and representations of space and memory. 49


Richard ‘Specs’ Ndimande: Cassirer Welz Award| 10 – 14.03.2018 | Everard Read Gallery

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Richard ‘Specs’ Ndimande: Cassirer Welz Award 10 – 14.03.2018

As recipient of the 2017 Cassirer Welz Award, presented in partnership with Strauss & Co., Ndimande received a ten-week residency at the Bag Factory to produce new work for a solo show hosted by Everard Read Gallery. Richard “Specs” Ndimande is a 23-year-old mixed media artist from Johannesburg. He holds a Visual Arts qualification from the University of Johannesburg. He is a strong advocate for justice and believes an artist’s job is to among others awaken the mind of men. His work explores themes including oppression, servitude, exploitation and a fascination with what he calls the “humananimal hybrid”.

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Celina Portella & Libita Clayton: What Know Not | 29.02.2018 | Bag Factory Artists’ Studios

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Celina Portella & Libita Clayton: What Knot Not 29.02.2018 Visiting artists, Libita Clayton (UK) and Celina Portella (Brazil) ended their residencies at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios with a joint exhibition titled What Not Knot, on 29 March 2018. The event was well-attended, despite the following day being a public holiday. Some works by the two artists were also shown again at Kalashnikovv Gallery, as part of the exhibition Memento Mori.

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In Silva | Curated by Dineke van der Walt | 23.08 – 01.09.2018 | Kalashnikovv Gallery

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Celina Portella & Libita Clayton: What Knot Not 29.02.2018 As part of the Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award, the exhibition, In Silva, opened at Kalashnikovv Gallery on the 23 August 2018. The exhibition was conceptualized and curated by Dineke van der Walt, and featured work by Allen Laing, Anastasia Pather, Diane Victor, Gina Waldman, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Maja Maljevic, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Richard Specs Ndimande, Rosemarie Marriott, and Tsoku Maela. A curator-led walkabout took place on 25 August, and the exhibition will be travelling to the Klein Karoo National Art Festival in 2019.

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TRANS | Curated by Daniella Géo | 15.08 – 19.09.2018 | UJ Art Gallery

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TRANS | Curated by Daniella Geo University of Johannesburg Art Gallery 15.08 – 19.09.2018 We were proud to support this exhibition by current and previous Bag Factory artists, initiated by resident artists Diana Hyslop and Usha Seejarim. TRANS was hosted by the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, and curated by previous visiting curator Daniella Géo. “By working with artists who have participated in the Bag Factory program throughout its 26 years of existence, TRANS also intends to shed light on the role of this platform as a transcontinental and trans-cultural mediator and consequent catalyst of the advancement of the arts in South Africa. The TRANS exhibition intends to celebrate a progressive thinking and attitude towards the other and the world”.

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Line & Gesture | Curated by Candice Allison & Tiina Liebenberg | 08 – 13.09.2018

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Line & Gesture | Curated by Candice Allison & Tiina Liebenberg 08 – 13.09.2018 This group exhibition brought together work by current Bag Factory artists in an exploration of the juxtaposing, complimentary, at times integrated elements of line and gesture as foundational elements of composition and art making. Working in painting, drawing, sculpture, print and new media; the works included focus on line as an identifiable path created by a point moving in space; whether it is two-or three-dimensional, descriptive, implied, or abstract / and gesture, as the study of action, form, and pose / while "gesturalism", is characterized by energetic, expressive marks or brushstrokes deliberately emphasizing the sweep of the painter's arm or movement of the hand.

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Pebofatso Mokoena: Inside Jobs | 20.09 – 04.10.2018

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Pebofatso Mokoena: Inside Jobs 20.09 – 04.10.2018 Pebofatso Mokoena, who received a six-month studio bursary funded by Bag Factory’s resident artist Danny Myburgh, opened his solo exhibition Inside Jobs at the Bag Factory on the 20th of September 2018. Inside Jobs is meant to be read as a narrative engaging with theories of time, chaos, probability and randomness. The exhibition marks the artist's consistent push to make sense of the chaotic nature of overwhelming global cultures, sociopolitically, psychologically, and personally. Pebofatso also lead a walkabout on 29 September.

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FUNDRAISING The Bag Factory hosted its annual Salon Sale fundraiser on 7 November 2018. Live music, scrumptious food, and drinks sponsored by Graham Beck set the mood and artworks by 40 artists were for sale. Tickets for this event were sold online at R300 per person. Joburg TV were also present at the VIP Preview Event and had the opportunity to talk to some of the participating artists. The annual Salon Sale ended with a public opening on Saturday 10 November 2018. For this all-day Saturday event, Hendricks Gin sponsored refreshing drinks to visitors.

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Studio Visits | Non-Metropolitan Artists Mentorship Workshop

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PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Across the creative industries sectors, there is a lack of access to arts education and training opportunities. Many emerging artists have not studied art at tertiary or secondary level and are self-taught, while recent graduates are also rarely given a solid grounding in professional practice. This has resulted in a

generation of artists who lack basic awareness and understanding of how to develop and manage careers as professional artists. Our Professional Skills Development programmes are aimed at introducing emerging artists to the workings of the art eco-system and art markets in South Africa; offering practical workshops; and stimulating networks of support amongst emerging artists. These workshops focus on skills that are required to ensure business success within the visual arts sector. They include topics such as marketing, career management, copyright, photographing your own work, website development. These are critical areas that are often forgotten when considering the skills required to be an artist.

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Studio Visits | Non-Metropolitan Artists Mentorship Workshop

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Artist Career Boot Camp (ACBC) Presented by Art Source South Africa

The ACBC Programme is an outcome’s based visual arts programme focused on providing artists the necessary information on how to manage their careers, giving valuable insight into the workings of the arts industry and ultimately providing artists with the skills to leverage their careers. The programme is presented by Art Source South Africa in association with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, with the support of the National Arts Council. The ACBC Programme is structured into three contact week courses over a three-month period that culminates in a group exhibition at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. This year’s exhibition was aptly titled To be continued… (18-23 May 2018) and presented the viewer with artworks that were conceptualized and produced by the young artists over the course of the programme. 66


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Non-Metropolitan Artists Mentorship Workshop

The Bag Factory kicked-off November with the Non-Metropolitan Artist Mentorship. The call for applications for the Non-Metropolitan Artist Mentorship was sent out in mid-2017, and is focussed on professional skills development for young artists who live and work outside of South Africa’s metropolitan areas. The two-week mentorship programme provided the eight participants with talks on various sessions aimed at professional skills and career development. These sessions included presentations given by industry professionals and Bag Factory staff and artists.

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VISITING ARTIST PROGRAMME

Our visiting artists programme (VAP) and Artist in Residence (AIR) programme enables artists from Africa and other continents to spend time working in Johannesburg, and over the past few years, has built for itself a formidable international reputation.

Artists from as far afield as Sao Paulo, Nairobi, Zurich, Delhi and Montreal have visited the Bag Factory and hold it in high esteem. Many artists from South Africa have in return visited countries abroad and have benefited from this experience. Over 207 visiting artists have been to the Bag Factory on three-month residencies since 1996, 43% of whom have come from within the African continent.

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RESIDENCY PROGRAMME STATISTICS: 1996 - 2018

Artists from

Number

% Africa

Africa

77

41%

Europe

62

33%

8

4%

USA & Canada

14

7%

Middle East & Asia

14

7%

Europe

West Indies

West Indies

USA & Canada

Middle East & Asia

Mexico, Cuba, and South America

12

6% Mexico, Cuba, and South America

TOTAL

187

100%

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Bronwyn Katz (RSA)

Celina Portella (Brazil)

01.02.2017 – 01.02.2018

22.01 – 22.03.2018

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Libita Clayton (UK)

Hiroko Tsuchimoto (Sweden)

02.02 – 01.04.2018

02.03 – 30.04.2018

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Dion Cupido (RSA)

Ali Honarvar (Iran)

04.04 – 25.04.2018

04.05 – 02.06.2018

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Malebona Maphutse (RSA) 01.10.2018 – 31.03.2019 Malebona Maphutse was awarded this year’s Bag Factory Young Female Artist Residency. She will receive a six-month studio bursary, materials stipend, and a solo exhibition at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in April 2019.

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STUDIO PROVISION established) and how financially self-sufficient their career is. Artists are required to give back hours to the Bag Factory towards mentorship, workshops, and other activities as part of the Bag Factory’s ethos of learning through exchange. The Bag Factory has seventeen studios, a workshop/meeting room, and a fine art lithography studio. Two studios are used for our Visiting Artist Programme and Awards Programme. Our studios are priced according to a tier system, with artists receiving different levels of studio subsidisation depending on where they are in their practice (emerging, mid-career,

The Bag Factory is committed to inclusion and diversity. Our studio artists are representative of the diverse cultures of South Africa, while creating opportunities for inter-generational learning and exchange.

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Asanda Kupa

Asuka Nirasawa

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Bev Butkow

Danny Myburgh

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David Koloane

Diana Hyslop

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Gail Behrmann

Kagiso Patrick Mautloa

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Pebofatso Mokoena

Phumulani Ntuli

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Ramarutha Makoba

Richard ‘Specs’ Ndimande

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Thonton Kabeya

Tshepo Mosopa

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Usha Seejarim

Zen Marie

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LL Editions Fine Art Lithography Studio

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