One of the first collective artists’ studios in South Africa, the Bag Factory launched in 1991 in an old factory in Fordsburg, a colourful, predominantly Muslim and Indian neighbourhood, on the edge of the inner-city. The building contains 18 studios and since its inception The Bag Factory has continually strived to provide space for local visual artists from disadvantaged backgrounds. Its illustrious residents include internationally acclaimed Alexandra-born artist and cultural activist David Koloane and renowned painter and installation artist Kagiso Pat Mautloa. While the Bag Factory functions primarily as an artist studio, pop-up art exhibitions, installations and cultural evenings are also hosted here. To arrange a visit and to meet the artists, call and make an appointment in advance with the Bag Factory office.
There is also good shop on site selling art supplies such as oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoals and canvases and a framing service.