14 Apr Call for Submissions: 10and5 is Hosting an Instagram Auction to Help Support the Bag Factory
Between 10and5 is joining forces with the Bag Factory to host an Instagram Auction to raise funds so that the iconic landmark may continue to operate for many years to come. After serious water damage, this artistic organisation urgently needs to carry out essential roof repairs to ensure that they can continue to fulfil their core vision, mission, and programme activities. The Bag Factory has therefore called on the community to help restore it to its former glory by donating an original piece of work that will be auctioned on Instagram.
To artists, photographers and creators able to help, please submit your work for the auction. For those interested in showing support in other ways keep an eye on our IG feed to bid on the works on auction.
Why Are We Hosting the Auction?
In 2020, during the global pandemic, the Bag Factory secured its future by purchasing the building it has called home for thirty years. However, after being affected by severe storms earlier this year, the building is in a poor state and urgently needs to be repaired. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the physical effects on the building caused by storms, have put the Bag Factory under enormous financial pressure.
Due to these unforeseen circumstances, the Bag Factory has called on the community to help them raise funds to repair their leaking roof, as well as redesign and upgrade the building for future generations of artists. We’re calling on local artists, creators and photographers to join us in our efforts to raise funds for the Bag Factory by donating an original piece of work that will be auctioned on Between 10and5’s Instagram.
About the Bag Factory
The Bag Factory is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation based in Newtown, Johannesburg. With a pioneering 30-year history of providing supportive infrastructure, the Bag Factory is committed to investing in the long-term development of artists and steering them towards a professional career. The studio presents exhibitions that showcase new work created by exciting emerging artists to the wider public. It also hosts a prestigious international artist and curator residency programme.
The space’s crucial role for the arts in South Africa is confirmed by their long list of celebrated alumni who have gone on to develop international and prize-winning careers. The Bag Factory’s alumni include Lady Skollie, Blessing Ngobeni, Tracey Rose, Kendell Geers, Gabi Ngcobo, Bronwyn Katz, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, and Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa.
The Bag Factory’s History
Formally known as Fordsburg Artists’ Studios, the Bag Factory was established in 1991 as an artist-run community arts organisation by South African artist Dr David Koloane, British philanthropist Robert Loder, and South African arts administrator Sandra Burnett. They were supported by the Bag Factory’s first studio artists, including the likes of Kagiso Patrick Mautloa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Thomas Nkuna, Joachim Schoenfeldt, Sophia Ainslie, Mark Attwood, Deborah Bell, and Penny Siopis, among others.
The chosen location, an old hessian bag factory and warehouse next to the Oriental Plaza on the border of Newtown and Fordsburg, was considered a ‘grey area’ under apartheid, where artists could work and exhibit together as professionals, regardless of racial category or ethnicity. Since 1991, the Bag Factory has provided one of the very few – and at times, the only – dedicated space for visual arts studios in Johannesburg. Over the years, it has focused on developing a programme that stands for inclusion and diversity, built on an idea of open access, particularly to individual constituents and community groups who had been historically excluded from mainstream education and creative resources.
While the Bag Factory was initially created to support local visual artists, promoting them and their work in South Africa, it grew to encourage international networking through its visiting artists’ programme. Since its founding, the Bag Factory has provided studio space to more than 100 artists and hosted more than 200 visiting artists from across South Africa, the continent, and internationally.