In March 2022 Bag Factory Artists’ Studios released an open call welcoming applications for the 2022 David Koloane Award. Due to time and capacity constraints, we made the difficult decision to postpone the award to 2023. This annual award was initiated in 2010 to celebrate the life and career of Dr David Koloane (b.1938-2019), an internationally respected artist, curator, writer and founding member of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. In honour of David Koloane’s contribution to developing the arts industry through his ethos of mentorship and learning through exchange, the David Koloane Award benefits emerging artists who demonstrate passion, dedication, and potential for excellence.


South Africa


The award is open to emerging contemporary visual South African-based artists (aged 21-35* and not represented by a commercial gallery) working in the fields of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, digital, video, and performance-based art.

Eligibility Conditions

Recipients will receive an intensive three-month residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, including studio space, materials stipend, mentorship from the Bag Factory and established artists, culminating in a solo exhibition of a new body of work in the Bag Factory gallery.

How to apply

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