Current Exhibition | Parallel, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch. 3 Aug - 4 Oct 2019

Ashley Walters’ work protagonize a subjective and critical approach to the behaviours 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.

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 in Braunschweig (2013). Thereafter he was awarded an Apexart Fellowship (2015) in New York and an artist residency in Amersfoort, Netherlands (2017/18). 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 numerous international exhibitions in Bamako, Netherlands, London, Germany, New York, Beijing, South Korea and exhibited his works widely within South Africa.

He currently teaches Photography and New Media at Stellenbosch University.

Photographs are for sale as signed, limited edition, archival prints. ©2019 Ashley Walters | +27 71 350 2098


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


The Tierney Fellowship

Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award

NAC Funding, National Arts Council of South Africa

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


Het Vijfde Seizoen, Residency, Netherlands, 2017

Apexart, New York City, 2015

Between the Lines is a forum for artistic and academic dialogue that will invite ten artists and thirty art students from Germany (Braunschweig School of Art) and South Africa (Michaelis School of Fine Art) into intensive exchange via two symposia and an exhibition. Between the Lines was initiated by Professor Candice Breitz (Braunschweig University of Art) and the late Professor Colin Richards (Michaelis School of Fine Art). The project is funded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the context of The German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013, a year of exchange between South Africa and Germany that aims to strengthen cooperation and create new networks between the two countries. Video


Sanlam Art Collection

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


2019 Creative Dialogues, Imagined Futures. Identities and Contemporary African Photography: In conversation with Thandiwe Msebenzi & Mark Antonello. Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography. 13 June

2019 The Role of the Artistic Community in Gentrification, Panelists Prof Ronnie Donaldson, Prof Gustav Visser, Jaco Van Schalkwyk, Lauren Theunissen and Ashley Walters (moderator), Visual Arts, Stellenbosch University. 6 May

2019 Artist Talk, Orms Cape Town School of Photography. 13 March

2019 Artist Talk, Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography. 8 March

2019 Visiting Artists Programme (VAP), Visual Arts, Stellenbosch University. 5 March

2018 Forward? Forward! Forward… Opening Symposium by Dr Morne Mostert, Prof Lize van Robbroeck and Ashley Walters, Stellenbosch University Museum. 5 December

2018 Symposium Tell Freedom, Presentations by artists MADEYOULOOK, Lerato Shadi and Ashley Walters, Kunsthal KAdE Museum, Netherlands. 27 January

2017 Zeitz MOCAA Panel Discussion - Alternate Voices: Pages, Panelists Babak Affrassiabi; Tazneem Wentzel; Ashley Walters and Sven Christian (moderator), Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. 16 December. Transcription

2017 Long Views: Photo Focus, Presented by Cameraland in association with AVA Gallery, Presentations by Retha Ferguson, Imraan Christian and Ashley Walters, AVA GAllery. 20 July

2015 Apexart Fellowship Talk, In conversation with apexart Executive Director Steven Rand, Apexart, New York. 3 December

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Parallel, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch. 3 Aug - 4 Oct

2019 White City, GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch. 14 - 31 May

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

2019 Latitudes Art Fair, Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg. 13 - 15 Sep

2019 The 24th Guangzhou International Art Fair, Contemporary African Photography & Video Art, Booth A-03, Guangzhou, China. 21 - 24 July

2019 师父,这个地方在哪里?: 8.7832° S, 34.5085° E, Curated by Megan Mace, A.C Embassy Art Museum, Beijing, China. 17 - 26 May

2019 Forward? Forward! Forward… Stellenbosch University Museum, Stellenbosch. 5 December 2018 - 30 April

2018 Incheon International Marine Festival of Photography and Video, Incheon, South Korea. 17 August - 2 September

2018 Tell Freedom, Kunsthal KAdE Museum, Amersfoort, Netherlands. 27 January - 6 May

2017 Peer, Smac Gallery, Cape Town. 28 October - 18 November

2017 FNB Joburg Art Fair, AVA Gallery, Johannesburg.

2017 PhotoFocus, AVA Gallery, Cape Town. 18 July - 12 August

2017 Nano 1.1, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town. 26 July - 15 August

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 #03, 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, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg.

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

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

2013 Platform_18_28, Infecting the City Public Arts Festival, Cape Town

2012 Sasol New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria

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