6 October 2019

Opportunity Description

Bag Factory Artists’ Studios is proud to host the annual Cassirer Welz Award, in partnership with Strauss & Co. Now in its ninth year, the award honours two doyens of art auctioneering in South Africa: Reinhold Cassirer and Stephan Welz.

The award acknowledges excellence in emerging artists specialising in sculpture, drawing and painting, and provides an opportunity to showcase their talents to a broader audience. The winner receives a ten-week residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, culminating in a solo exhibition of newly-created work at a leading commercial art gallery.

“Since its inception, this award has helped the winners launch their careers and really start making a name for themselves within the South Africa art market,” says Susie Goodman, Executive Director, Strauss & Co Johannesburg. “This award is an important part of Strauss & Co’s ongoing and substantial commitment to young talent in southern Africa – and is a powerful example of the company’s investment in the art of the future.”

Previous winners of the Cassirer Welz Award include Olivia Botha, Blessing Ngobeni, Asanda Kupa, Nompumelelo Ngoma, Tshepo Mosopa, Thato Nhlapho, Richad ‘Specs’ Ndimande and Keneilwe Mokoena.

The winner of the award receives studio space, a contribution towards material costs and a transport stipend, as well as the opportunity to interact with the resident artists at the Bag Factory. Through the exchange of ideas, mentorship and skills development, the artist has an opportunity for substantial creative and professional growth.

The programme commences on 2 December 2019 and runs until 7 February 2020.

How to Apply

What must Applicants submit?

A SINGLE PDF document, no more than 10MB in size including the following information:

  • Representative portfolio of work produced in the past five years of at least 20 works.
  • An exhibition outline / project outline, indicating what you will be working towards during your residency. Remember to also please include a timeline for your planned project.
  • 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.
  • Please state whether you have attended any previous workshops such as Thupelo, Artist Career Boot Camp, RMB Unlocked etc.

*Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

How are the applications assessed?

Applications are assessed by the Bag Factory’s Programme Selection Committee and representatives from Strauss & Co.

Shortlisted candidates ONLY will be contacted for interview by Monday 28 October 2019. Interviews will be conducted in the first week of November 2019.

TO APPLY, EMAIL: applications@bagfactoryart.org.za (with Cassirer Welz Award 2019 as the subject heading)