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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bag Factory re-imagined their Autumn Open Studio, which took place on Satuday 25th April 2020. This virtual open studio event included videos, virtual studio visits and an online panel discussion with their (remote) residency artists, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience the research and work-in-progress that the artists' developed during these strange and uncertain times. 

Bag Factory's Open Studios also highlighted artist and curator Gina Maxim. Maxim's residency is part of Art Connection Africa, a collaboration between KfW Stiftung and Triangle Network to foster visual art exchanges, capacity building and informal learning activities within sub-Saharan Africa. 

To find out more about Gina Maxim's residency please click here


Gina Maxim takes us into her studio to share some of her work she has been making before the lockdown as part of Bag Factory (virtual) Open Studios. Maxim discuses how her work combines weaving, stitching and the use of found textiles to create objects that are often entangled with memory and storytelling.


Bag Factory currently have an online exhibition Covert Bioscope, featuring video works by Phumulani Ntuli, Olivia Botha, Neville Starling, Malebona Maphutse and Helena Uambembe, available to view here.