The Bag Factory: Visiting Artists' Programme
The Bag Factory is inviting applications to our Visiting Artists' Programme (VAP) for 2013. The visiting artists’ programme allows mid-career artists from around South Africa and the world to spend a period of three months working in a collective of artists’ studios based in downtown Johannesburg.
2nd Quarter: 11 April – 27 June (Exhibition 19 – 26 June 2013)
3rd Quarter: 4 July –20 September (Exhibition 11- 18 September 2013)
4th Quarter: 26 September – 05 December (Exhibition 27 November – 04 December 2013)
The visiting artists’ programme at the Bag Factory allows mid-career artists from around South Africa and the world to spend a period of three months working in a collective of artists’ studios based in downtown Johannesburg. The programme offers you the opportunity to interact with local artists, to expand your network internationally and to experience a climate of cultural diversity. Working at the studios, you will get to know the permanent artists at the Bag Factory, the city of Johannesburg and something about the art world in Johannesburg and South Africa.
Visiting artists are expected to:
- work from the Bag Factory, interacting with Bag Factory and local artists, and experiencing the city.
- produce new works to be exhibited at the Bag Factory before the end of their stay.
- conduct at least one community oriented outreach programme.
- complete a written report on their visit
- arrive on time and stay for the full period (three months).
How are the applications assessed?
Visiting artists’ programmes are ongoing, functioning on a quarterly basis throughout each year. Applications are assessed by a selection committee. It is recommended that you apply at least 6 months in advance of the programme you wish to attend. Please be advised that if your application is successful there is a participation fee you are required to pay 60 days prior to arrival in order to confirm your place in the programme.
What will a successful applicant receive?
- Accommodation for 3 months in an apartment at Life on Main in Johannesburg City.
- A studio space
- A basic monthly per diem to cover food and transportation within the city.
- A small materials budget for art production while you are here.
- A small budget for an outreach community workshop
- The costs of your exhibition, within reason, will be covered by the Bag Factory.
What do visiting artists need to source for themselves?
Transport costs to and from South Africa
Costs of shipping works back to their country of origin
Applicants should not expect to profit financially from their stay in South Africa, as this is cultural development programme.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is Friday 22 June 2012
Please remember that this call is for 2013 applications ONLY
Applicants must submit:
- a representative portfolio of work produced in the past five years of at least 10 works and no more than 20, preferably by email. Images should not be larger than 300kb and each email no larger than 2MB.
- 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
- a brief proposal for a small community outreach workshop to be conducted by you
details of sources of funding (if any)
- preferred period of residency (which quarter in 2013)
- If you have attended any other workshops or residencies of the Triangle Arts Network such as Greatmore, Thupelo, Thapong, Kuona, or Batapata, please specify where and when.
Please email your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
OR you can post your application to:
The Visiting Artists Programme
Bag Factory Artists’ Studios
PO Box 794
Announcements will be made before the end of July 2012
Please note that INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will NOT be accepted.