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’ work 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.


EDUCATION

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

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

 

AWARDS

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

The Michaelis Prize

Simon Gerson Prize

Cecil Skotnes Scholarship

David Marais Memorial Prize

 

RESIDENCIES

Apexart, New York City, 2015

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

 

COLLECTIONS

The Tierney Family Foundation

Scheryn Art Collection

Youngblood Africa

ArtThrob

Katrine Harries Print Cabinet

University of Cape Town Art Collection

Pathology Learning Centre, University of Cape Town

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Uitsig, Sanlam Art Lounge, Sandton, Johannesburg

2015 Uitsig, Sanlam Art Gallery, Cape Town

2015 Uitsig - Masters Graduate Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

 

GROUP SHOWS

2017 Erf 81: Two Decades of Living on the Fringe, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2017 HUSH HUSH, Smith Studio, Cape Town

2017 A Flagrant Arcade in Contemporary Art, Art Africa Fair, Cape Town

2017 SAADA Cape Town Expo, Cape Town. 16 - 19 February

2016 100 Geographies, Society of South African Geographers (SSAG), US Museum

2016 Liminal Geographies, Barnard Gallery

2016 Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2015 Against Time, Recontres de Bamako: Biennale De La Photographie - Telling Time, Bamako

2015 Remnants of Place, D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

2015 "Coloured", Curated by Siona O'Connell, Embassy Tea Gallery, London

2015 The Mirror in the Ground, CAS Gallery, Cape Town

2015 Current - Smith Studio, Cape Town

2015 Movie Snaps, Cape Town Remembers Differently, District Six Homecoming Center, Cape Town

2014 Viewing Room, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town

2014 Plakkers, Brundyn+, Cape Town

2014 The Tierney Fellowship Group Exhibition, MOP6, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

2014 Photoville, New York, In association with The Tierney Fellowship

2014 Viewing Room #03, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town

2014 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg. SMAC Gallery, Cape Town

2014 Contemporary Salon on the Rocks - presented by Grizelda Hall. Cape Town

2014 Shop Front And CentreInfecting the City Public Arts Festival, Cape Town

2014 Cape Town Art Fair, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town

2014 The Xmas Show, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town

2013 Terminal, Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts interdisciplinary LAND project, Cape Town

2013 SUPER SALE, City Gallery, des Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany

2013 Cape Town Art Fair, SMAC Gallery. Cape Town

2013 The Story of the Creative, See | Me Exhibition Space, New York

2013 Point of View: Contemporary South African Photography, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2013 HereThereA Conversation between Michaelis and WITS Masters 2013, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

2013 Autumn Group Show, SMAC PLUS, Cape Town

2013 Pentimenti and More,  Art.b Gallery, Cape Town

2013 Absa L’Atelier - Regional exhibition. Art b Gallery Bellville, Cape Town

2013 Free Art Party, The Lovell Gallery, Cape Town - Installation

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

2013 Platform_18_28Infecting the City Public Arts Festival, Cape Town

2012 Sasol New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria - Catalogue

2012 Autobiography: Chronicles of Our Times, MOP5. The Allamans Barracks, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

2012 Speke Photographic: Exposure Now, Merchants on Long, Cape Town

2012 Speke Photographic, Circa on Jellicoe, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2012 Pop Up Exhibition, Allderman Gallery, Cape Town

2012 Art a Fares, Youngblood, Cape Town

2011 Dark City, BFA Graduation Exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

2010 States of Perception, California College of the Arts CCA, San Francisco

2010 States, Rosedale Gallery, University of Cape Town