Ashley Walters was born in Cape Town in 1983. He completed his BAFA (2011) and a Masters in Fine Art (2013) at the University of Cape Town, where he was the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and scholarships, including the Michealis Prize (2011) and Tierney Fellowship Award (2013). Subsequent to this he completed an exchange at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (2013), and was awarded an Apexart Fellowship (2015) in New York. Commissioned by Magnum Foundation his work has been featured widely in publications such as Laying Foundations for Change, Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities, and Aperture magazine: Platform Africa, Summer 2017 edition (#227). Walters has taken part in a number of international exhibitions in Bamako, London, Germany, New York, and exhibited his photographs widely within South Africa.

Ashley Walters’ photography protagonize a subjective and critical approach to the behaviors and processes of urban life in the city and its periphery. His work tells of an interest in the everyday and public space in its least predictable dimension. Waivering between absolute complicity with his subjects and distant observation, his body of work emphasizes a non-spectacular representation of reality. Whereas some images provide tableaus of intimate, inhabited spaces, others render non-territories that bespeak of up-rootedness, scarring, anxiety and liminality.


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©2017 Ashley Walters

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

2017 Erf 81: Two Decades of Living on the Fringe, AVA Gallery, Cape Town. 25 May - 25 June


2013 Master of Fine Art (Distinction), Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2011 Bachelor in Fine Art (Distinction), Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2003 Damelin Correspondence College: HIGCSE


The Tierney Fellowship

Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award

NAC Bursary, National Arts Council of South Africa

CCA Scholarship, University of Cape Town

Mentor of the Year, Student Wellness, University of Cape Town

Hayden Lubisi Scholarship, University of Cape Town

The Michaelis Prize

Simon Gerson Prize

Cecil Skotnes Scholarship, University of Cape Town

David Marais Memorial Prize


Apexart, New York City, 2015

Core Participant in 'Between the Lines' Symposium (exchange between Michaelis Art School and Braunschweig School of Art, Germany), 2013


The Tierney Family Foundation

Scheryn Art Collection

Youngblood Africa


Katrine Harries Print Cabinet

University of Cape Town Art Collection

Pathology Learning Centre, University of Cape Town


Uitsig, Sanlam Art Lounge, Sandton, Johannesburg. 13 September - 14 December 2016

Uitsig, Sanlam Art Gallery, Cape Town. 23 June -15 August 2015

Uitsig - Masters Graduate Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town. 24 February - 5 March 2015



HUSH HUSH, Smith Studio, Cape Town. 30 May - 17 June

A Flagrant Arcade in Contemporary Art, Art Africa Fair, Cape Town. 24 February - 5 March

SAADA Cape Town Expo, Cape Town. 16 - 19 February


100 Geographies, Society of South African Geographers (SSAG), US Museum. 29 September - 21 December 2016

Liminal Geographies, Barnard Gallery. 20 October - 29 November 2016

Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town. 19 July - 16 August


Against Time, Recontres de Bamako: Biennale De La Photographie - Telling Time, Bamako. 31 October - 31 December

Remnants of Place, D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch. 24 September - 31 October

"Coloured", Curated by Siona O'Connell, Embassy Tea Gallery, London. 15 - 19 July

The Mirror in the Ground, Curated by Dr. Siona O'Connell In association with Nick Shepard. Centre For African Studies Gallery, Cape Town. 14 May - 12 June

Current - Smith Studio, Cape Town. 6 - 26 May

Movie Snaps, Cape Town Remembers Differently. An exhibition of 'Movie Snaps' street photographs curated by Dr Siona O'Connell. District Six Homecoming Center, Cape Town. 31 January - 28 February


Viewing Room, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town. 20 November - 17 January 2015

Plakkers, Brundyn+, Cape Town. 6 November - 3 December

The Tierney Fellowship Group Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town. In association with The Cape Town Month of Photography Film & New Media. 9 - 19 October

Photoville, New York, In association with The Tierney Fellowship. 18 - 28 September

Viewing Room #03, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town. 26 August - 13 September

FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg. SMAC Gallery, Cape Town. 22 -24 August

Contemporary Salon on the Rocks - presented by Grizelda Hall. Cape Town. 19 April - 4 May

Shop Front And CentreInfecting the City Public Arts Festival. Curated by Farzanah Badsha In association with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts. Cape Town. 10 - 15 March

Cape Town Art Fair, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. 28 February - 2 March


The Xmas Show, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town. 12 December 2013 - 12 January 2014

Terminal, Curated by Jean Brundrit, Svea Josephy & Adrienne van Eeden-Wharton. In association with Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts interdisciplinary LAND project. Cape Town. 20 November - 2 December

SUPER SALE, City Gallery, des Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany. 10 December 2013 - 10 January 2014

Cape Town Art Fair, SMAC Gallery. Cape Town. 25 - 27 October

The Story of the Creative, See | Me Exhibition Space, New York. 25 July - 10 September

Point of View: Contemporary South African Photography, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town. 25 July - 29 August

HereThereA Conversation between Michaelis and WITS Masters 2013, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town. 16 July - 3 August

Autumn Group Show, SMAC PLUS, Cape Town. 16 May - 6 July

Pentimenti and More,  Art.b Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. 24 April - 17 May

Absa L’Atelier - Regional exhibition. Art b Gallery Bellville, South Africa. 28 March - 13 April

Free Art Party, The Lovell Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Installation

Between the Lines, Curated by Nadja Daehnke In association with The German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013. Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town.

Platform_18_28Infecting the City Public Arts Festival. Cape Town, South Africa


Sasol New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa. Catalogue

Autobiography: Chronicles of Our Times, MOP5 Cape Town Month of Photography. The Allamans Barracks, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa

Speke Photographic: Exposure Now, Merchants on Long, Cape Town, South Africa

Speke Photographic, Circa on Jellicoe, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pop Up Exhibition, Allderman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Art a Fares, Youngblood, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Gavin Young


Dark City, BFA Graduation Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa


States of Perception, California College of the Arts CCA, San Francisco, USA

States, Rosedale Gallery, University of Cape Town, South Africa