Get ready for the largest on-the-ground art festival in Johannesburg

28 & 29  May  2022



Joburg is one of the world’s art cities, fuelled by a network of studio spaces throughout the inner city that gives life daily to the city’s status as an art capital.

In May 2022 the doors will open to welcome visitors to the studios of close to 100 working artists.

Initiated by the META foundation, OPEN STUDIOS JOBURG will highlight several art buildings, across the historical CBD and beyond, where visitors will be invited to meet the artists, interact with the works, and enjoy a programme of exhibitions, walkabouts, performances and design.

The sites are:
August House
Bag Factory Artists’ Studios
Ellis House
Living Artists Emporium
LAPA at Breezeblock
Shade Project Space
Transwerke Art Building
Victoria Yards


For additional information, interviews, and images:
Sara Hallatt

084 411 2871

A Press Pack is available at

Participating artists



Following the success of the 2020 and 2021 Editions of Open Studios, this bigger and more inclusive edition of the project titled, OPEN STUDIOS JOBURG will take place on Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29 May 2022 with selected studios being open on these two different days.

The studios will be linked via a free shuttle service that will allow visitors to safely explore the city. Three shuttles will move in a loop between the buildings, with transport available every 15 minutes. Access to all events is FREE, but visitors must register on Quicklet here on Saturday 28 May or Sunday 29 May for their free tickets. The tickets permit shuttle access.


With almost 100 artists participating, unique programming for the two days, and plans for future editions, OPEN STUDIOS.JOBURG is set to become a landmark event on the city’s cultural calendar directly supporting Joburg’s creative economy by creating a platform for artists to sell their work.


These studio spaces are the lifeblood of the city’s artist economy and have given rise to some of South Africa’s most prominent artists, including the late David Koloane, Sam Nhlengethwa, Nelson Makamo, Diane Victor, Patrick Mautloa, Usha Seejarim, Jake Singer, Ayanda Mabula and many many more.



Saturday 28 May from 10:30-16:00
Bag Factory Artists’ Studios
Transwerke Studios
LAPA at Breezeblock Cafe, Brixton(from 3pm to 9pm)
Shade Project Space, Brixton (from 3pm to 6pm)


Sunday 29 May from 10:30-16:00
August House
Ellis House
Living Artist Emporium
Victoria Yards



SHUTTLE SYSTEM – Saturday 28 May 2022 & Sunday 29 May 2022
From 10:45 a shuttle will be positioned at the entrance of each venue. For more information please click here

For all parking options available to visitors please click here  

All venues will provide security on the day. Our aim is to make our visitors feel as comfortable as possible.

During the day food and beverages will be for sale with different studios offering different options.
Please note access will be refused to anyone not wearing a mask or members of the public not adhering to social distancing obligations. Please be advised that no alcohol, beverages or food will be allowed to be brought into the venues.


Bag Factory Artists’ Studios
Kutlwano Monyai // Wezile Harmans  // Gail Behrmann // Sandile Radebe // Specs Ndimande // Ramarutha Makoba // Nyakallo Maleke // LL Editions // Boitumelo Motau  // Fatima Tayob Moosa  // AVP Collective // Kagiso Pat Mautloa  // Princia Matungulu // Phumlani Ntuli 
Transwerke Artists’ Building

Ama Creatives // Daniel Grey // Isabelle Rorke // Khehla Chepape Makgato // Mandlenkosi Mavengere // Otsile Matlala // Theko Boshomane  // The Arts Company Soweto // Sifiso Makhabela // Sharp-Lee Mthimkulu // Xquizified (Hector Dibokoane) // Thina Dube

 as well as fashion, jewellery and design brands:

Afrikanswiss // Bonolosocial // Homegrown shandis // Kenara Accesories // KHA’ISO // Offet // Sedumedi Creative Transformations and musician Tshepang Ramoba

Tino Zhou

SHADE Project Space
Prototype VR experience in collaboration with Limb, Francois Knoetze, Jumping Backslash and Tinyiko Makwakwa.
A mini-exhibition of the projects thus far with the Shade Community Youth Art Programme.


August House
Antionette McMaster // Arlindo Maunde // Bekezela Mabena // Davide Longari // Dewan Craven // Dumisani Jere // Fathema Bemath // Guinevere Thomas // Jibril Linjoum Achu // Jemmiro // Johan Stegmann // Justin Dingwall // Kaelik Dullaart // Kamva Matuis // Khotso Motsoeneng // Lebo Thoka //  Leigh Le Roux // Lisa Younger // Lindo Zwane // Malose Pete // Malwande Ngcingi // Mbulali IV // Michele Rolstone // Mpho Machate // Mpho Nkadimeng // Navel Seakamela // Neil Nieuwoudt // Ntsikelelo Mzibomvu // Olwethu de Vos // Palesa Motsomi // Percy Maimela // Petros Mwenga // Roman Handt // Rorisang Monanabela // Sam Nhlengethwa // Sinead Fletcher // Simon Mashapo // Solomon Omogboye // TawandaMuAfrika // Teboho Makoatsa // Terence Maluleke // Themba Khumalo // Thembinkosi Sinalo Ntuli // Tivani Mabulele // Vivien Kohler


Ellis House
Lehlogonolo Mashaba // Cassius Khumalo // Phumzile Buthelezi // Thabiso Dakamela // Ennock Mlangeni // Bridget Modema // Semi Lubisi // Stephen Langa // Thokozani Madonsela // Siyabonga Mlambi // Still Art Residency Program – Ayana Jackson // Bamanye // Thokozani Mthiyane
Living Artists Emporium
Conrad Bo // Danisile Njoli // Isaac Mkhwanazi // John Nkosi // Nisty Chatha // Shadrack Bosman // Splash Motong // Stoffel Mogano // Vincent Mbeje


Victoria Yards
Hannelie Coetzee // Through the Lenz Collective // FloodHouse //  Blessing Ngobeni’s Studio // Michael Brian Waugh // Simone Marie Farah // James Delaney // Renee Johannes // Ralph Kretschmar // Floodhouse and design houses  Coote & Wench // Shwe // Wrapt Knitwear


Event Photos