Born in 1977 in Muş, Eastern Turkey, Güler Ates lives and works in the UK. She graduated in 2008 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fine Art. She is currently Digital Print Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools.

Ates has undertaken solo exhibitions at the Museum of Oriental Art, Turin in 2019/20; at Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam in 2017; at the Unseen Photo Festival, Amsterdam and Salvation Army International HQ, London in 2016; at the House of St Barnabas and Art First, London and Spazio Nea, Naples in 2015; at Marcelle Joseph Projects, London, Warmond Castle, Amsterdam (with Marian Cramer Projects), Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro and Kubikgallery, Porto in 2014; at Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Arts’ Café Gallery, London in 2013; at The Loft, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Art First, London, and Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam in 2012; at Great Fosters, Egham, UK in 2011; and at Leighton House Museum, London and Gallery Point-1, Okinawa, Japan in 2010.

Ates’ work has been included in the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition over several years. She has participated in numerous groups exhibitions including Absent Authors at APT Gallery, London in 2021; Migrations: masterworks from the Ben Uri Collection at the Museum of Gloucester in 2019-20; Unexpected: Continuing Narratives of Identity and Migration at Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, London in 2016; Journey at the Jewish Museum, London in 2015; Some Schools are Cages and Some Schools are Wings at Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro in 2014; 2Q13: Women Collectors, Women Artists at Lloyds Club, London in 2013 and the 3rd International Canakkale Biennial, Turkey in 2012.

Ates has completed residencies at ArtSite Fest, Turin in 2018; Eton College, Windsor in 2015; Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro in 2013-14; Art Suites, Bodrum, Turkey in 2014; Space 118 and The Loft at the Lower Parel, Mumbai and Rajasthan in 2012 and 2009 and Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris in 2007.

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Güler Ates

B. 1977 – Mus – Turkey

2006-08 Royal College of Art, MA Fine Art; Printmaking, London
2001-04 Wimbledon School of Art, BA {HONS} degree in Fine Art; Painting, London
2000-01 Lewisham College, BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies in Art & Design, London
1996-98 Marmara University, Ataturk Faculty of Education, Istanbul

Solo Exhibitions
Shoreless, The Museum of Oriental Art (MAO), Turin 2020
6th Station of Troubled Waters, Art Stations of the Cross, Amsterdam 2019
Fragments, Eton College, Windsor, 2018
Unfold, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, 2017
Unseen Photo Festival, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, 2016
Sea of Colour,
Salvation Army International HQ, London
Unseen Memories, House of St Barnabas, London, 2015
Fantasma Nel Silenzio, Spazio Nea, Napoli, Italy
Stilled, Art First Gallery, London
Dwelling; Rio de Janeiro, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London, 2014
Sound and Silence, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
Open Studio, Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro
Whispers of Colour, Kubikgallery, Porto, Portugal
Zenana, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, 2013
Books of Dust, Café Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Trace of the Traceless, The LOFT at Lower Parel, Mumbai, 2012
Threshold
, Art First Gallery, London
Unveiling the Veil, Marian Cramer Project, Amsterdam
Present and Absent, Great Fosters, Egham, 2011
No past is mine, no future: look at me!  Leighton House Museum, London, 2010
Fusion, Gallery Point-1, Okinawa, Japan 

Veiled Mozaic
, The LOFT at Lower Parel, Mumbai, 2009
Projects at Christ Church Spitalfields, London, 2005

Selected Group Exhibitions
2022
The World is a Handkerchief, Zone Imaginaria, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fragile, L’étrangère & Austin Desmond Fine Art, London
The World is a Handkerchief, Políglota Gallery, Proyecto Ace, Buenos Aires
Modalita; No Humans, Andrea Nuovo Home Gallery, Naples
2021
Art Inspires Art, Eton College & Bankside Gallery, London
Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam | with Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Photo London
with L’étrangère, London
Absent Authors, APT Gallery, London
Staying With Trouble, L’étrangère & Austin Desmond Fine Art, London
2020
The World is a Handkerchief, Blackburn 20 | 20 Gallery, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
ING Discerning Eye,
London
PhotoLondon, L’étrangère Gallery, London 
Unseen
, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
2019
Migrations: masterworks from the Ben Uri Collection, Museum of Gloucester
I’m staying, L’étrangère, London
Group show
, Kubikgallery, Porto
The World is a Handkerchief, London Print Studios Gallery (touring exhibition), London
Moving stories: Transitions, Applecart Arts (touring exhibition), London
2018
ArtSite Fest, La Venaria Reale & Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi, Piedmont, Italy
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
MIA Photo Fair, Galerie Jean-Louis Ramand Gallery, Milan
2017
ArtRio, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro
SP-Arte, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Sao Paulo
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Open Studios, Mansion, Beckenham
Force, Strength, Power, Kubikgallery and Gallery Baginski, Lisbon
Out of Chaos, Ben Uri Gallery touring exhibition at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Liberties, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance
2016
Karavil Contemporary,  @ Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
The Sixth Jinan International Photography Biennial, Jinan, China
Femocracy
, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
For the love of the Public, Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro
100 for 100 (Celebrating 100 years in London), Ben Uri Gallery and Museum at Christie’s, London
Now We are Six
(Anniversary Show with selected Artists), Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
Unexpected: continuing narratives of identity and migration, Ben Uri Gallery and Museum
Figure, Art First, London
2015
Liberties, Collyer Bristow gallery, London
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Journey, Jewish Museum, London
Embassy of Brazil Visual Arts Award 2015, London
SP-Arte, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Sao Paulo
2014
Froward, The Drawing Schools Gallery, Eton College, Windsor
ArtRio, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro
Some Schools are Cages and Some Schools are Wings, Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro
What should have remained secret, has come to light, Fotogalleriet Format in Malmø, Sweden
Dwelling ‘Live Performance’, Casa França-Brasil and MAR, Rio de Janeiro, 9th & 17th April
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
START with the Loft at Lower Parel, Saatchi Gallery, London
Kunstrai, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
A Desk of One’s Own, Galeri Miz, Istanbul
2013
Outpost Open Film, Outpost, Norwich (Touring exhibition)
2Q13 Women Collectors, Woman Artists
, Lloyds Club, London
Burqas, Veils and Hoodies, Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Dandenong, Australia
Art Barter, Gallery 5533@IMC, Istanbul
2012
3rd International Canakkale Biennial, Canakkale, Turkey
Margins, Art Suites Gallery, Istanbul
Wunderkammer, Hoxton Art Gallery, London
Woman in Art, Brook Gallery, Devon
HomeSalon; Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot
Re: Rotterdam Art Fair, Marian Cramer Project, Rotterdam, NL
2011
Orientations, Hoxton Art Gallery, London
Correos, Galleria Progresso, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Photography’s New “it” Girls, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London
Draw Together, Jeannie Avent Gallery (Associated with Dulwich Picture Gallery), London
Samvaad, FICA Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, New Delhi, India
2010
Bloomberg New Contemporaries Archive Films, ICA, London
Prints of the City, Free Museum of Dallas, US
Home, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Zspace, Okinawa, Japan
Group Show, Galleria Progresso, London
2009
Indian Summer, Hastings Museum and Gallery, Hastings
IAS, New Delhi, India
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Rencontres Internationales de la Photo, Institut Français de Fès, Morocco
TBA, New Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, USA
2008
New Prints from Royal College of Arts, Royal Academy of Arts, London
10: The Chris Orr Years, Royal College of Arts, London
New Contemporaries, Touring exhibition: Liverpool Biennial (A Foundation) & London
(Rochelle Schools)
Beyond Borders, Holster Project Space, London
Real Presence, The House of Legacy, Belgrade
Indian Art Summit 08, New Delhi, India
Salon Summer Show, The SaLon Gallery, London
Real Presence, Remont Gallery, Belgrade
2007
There and Back Again, Hockney Gallery, London
Ensemble (s) ll, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
Re-Formation, Christ Church Spitalfields, London
Over and Over Again, Sadler’s Wells, London
Art Video Screening, Vasteras, Sweden
Detroit 10th International Film/Video Festival, Museums of New Art, (MONA), Michigan
2006
Peace Camp, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
Secrets, Gulbenkian Gallery, RCA, London
The Vision of the Nunnery
, The Nunnery Gallery, London
2005
I.D, Crescent Arts, Scarborough
Looking Glass, Waterloo Gallery, London
Three Sixteen, Candid Arts, London
Island Art Film & Video Festival ’05, Prenelle Gallery, London
2004
TAKE 04, Wimbledon School of Art, London
The Launch of Creative Cultures, Merton Council, London
If u want my body, Wimbledon Library Gallery, London
2003
Identity, Guildford Arts, Guildford

Residency/Awards/Commissions
Alice Driver Award, Reading City of Sanctuary 2022
Art Council England Project Award 2020
Art Council England Emergency Fund 2020
The London District of the Methodist Church, Applecarts Arts, Commission, 2019
Stations of the Cross
, Amsterdam, Commission, 2019
ArtSite Fest, Turin, Italy, 2018
Embassy of Brazil (London) Visual Arts Award, Finalist, 2015
Le Fonds Belval Residency and Award – Short listed – 2015
Eton College Residency,
Windsor, January – March 2015
Instituto Inclusartiz
, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2013 – April 2014
Space 118 Residency, Mumbai, December 2012
The Arts Foundation, Nominated for Photography Fellowship, UK
Film and Video Umbrella, Nominated for Tomorrow Never Knows Moving image Award, UK, 2011
Leighton House Museum Residency, London, April – September 2010
The Loft at the Lower Parel (Mumbai) and Arts Reverie (Ahmadabad) Residency,
India, July
2009
The Foundacion Valparaiso Residency, Mojacar, Spain, Oct – Nov 2008
Matthew Wrightson Award, 2008
The Cite Internationale Des Arts Residency,
Paris, Apr – June 2007
Short-listed (1 of 6) for 20/21 Century Art prize

Publications/Reviews/Articles
Exibart, Exhibition Review, 8th December 2021
The World is a Handerkerchief
, Catalogue, Limited edition of 300, 2019
Brushes With Faith
: Reflection and Conversations on Contemporary Art (Conversation), Cascade Books by Dr Aaron Rosen. 2019
Garageland, (Interview), Issue #22. UK, October 2018
Guler Ates, Catalogue published by ArtSite Fest (Teca), Italy, September 2018
La Stampa, (Article), Italy, 10th July 2018
Corriere della Sera, (Article), Italy, 10th July 2018
Torino Cronaca, (Article), Italy, 10th July 2018
II Mattino, Napoli Cultura & Societa (Review), Italy, 17th May 2015
Art & Religion in the 21st Century by Dr Aaron Rosen (Thames and Hudson, 2015)
O Globo (Article), Brazil, 7th April 2014
Aksam (Article), Turkey, January
O Globo (Article), Brazil, July 2013
Yurt,
(Interview), Turkey, March 2013
The Times of India, (Review), India, 18th January
The Sunday Express, (Review), India, December 2012
Daily News & Analytical – DNA (Review), India, December
Mid-day, (Review), India, December
TimeOut Istanbul, (Review), May, Turkey
Het Parool Newspaper, (Article), The Netherlands, 29th February
HaberTurk, (Interview), September, Turkey, 2011
Bosphorus Art Newspaper (In September 2010 Issue), Artist interview, Turkey
HaberTürk, Turkish National Newspaper, Turkey, 28th July 2009,
India Express and Mumbai Express, India, 2009
15er, National, UK, 2008
New Contemporaries 08, National, UK

Collection
Henry Luce III Center for the Arts & Religion, Washington DC, USA
Fondazione Torino Musei,
Turin, Italy
Royal Collection
, Turin, Italy
Eton College Collection, Windsor, UK
Museum Van Loon, The Netherlands
Odue Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, London
Teylers Museum, Harleem, The Netherlands
Government Arts Collection, UK
Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio, Brazil
Huis Marseille, Photography Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
House of St Barnabas, London, UK
Achmea Kunstcollectie, The Netherlands
The LUMC,
Leiden, The Netherlands
Royal Academy of Arts, Photography Collection, London, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum, Print Collection, London, UK
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) Library, Portland, USA
Royal College of Art, London, UK
Professional Engagements
Royal Academy Schools, October 2011- Present, Digital Print Tutor
Artist Talk, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West England, 2021
Artist Talk, Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK, 2021
Albertina Academy of Fine Arts of Turin, Workshop and Lecturing, 2019
A panel discussion on Inclusartiz Residency in Rio, Royal Academy of Arts, 2015
Royal College of Art, Visiting Lecturer, 2015
Sheffield Hallam University, Visiting Lecturer, 2013
Southwark College, Artist Talk, London 2011
Oreet Ashery and Güler Ates in Conversation: Identity Politics in Contemporary Art, 2011
Leighton House Museum, Artist Talk, London, UK, 2010
Bhavan Centre (Indian Art Institute for Art and Culture), Artist Talk, 2010
University of Hertfordshire, Visiting Lecturer, 2008

Guler Ates Woman in Castello di Govone

Woman in Castello di Govone – 2018 – Size 80 x 77.7cm – Edition of 5

Guler Ates The light and the blue

The light and the blue – 2018 – Size 20.8 x 50 cm – Edition of 5

Guler Ates A Wave of Black

A wave of black – 2018 – Size 60 x 90 cm – Edition of 5

Guler Ates La Venaria and She I

La Venaria and She I – 2018 – Size 60.5 x 60 cm – Edition of 5

Guler Ates The garden in Govone

The garden in Govone – 2018 – Size 25.5 x 32 cm – Edition of 5

Blanket (I) – 2018 – Size 34.2 x 30 cm – Edition of 5

Guler Ates Longing of Orange Sea

Longing of Orange Sea – 2018 – Size 45.1 x 61 cm – Edition of 5

Guler Ates Untitled Palazzo Madama

Untitled (Palazzo Madama) – 2018 – Size 39 x 99.5 cm – Edition of 5

Guler Ates The Waves and She I

The Waves and She I – 2017 – Size 100 x 75.5cm – Edition of 5

Guler Ates Woman in sarkia room I

Woman in Saskia’s room (I) – 2016 – Size 38 x 25cm – Edition of 5

Guler Ates Garment of Flower and she I

Garment of Flower and She (I) – 2013 – Size 40 x 60.5cm – (Private Collection)

Guler Ates Eternal Maharana and she III

Eternal Maharana and She (III) – 2013 – Size 110 x 72cm – Edition of 5

Once I was in the book – 2013 – Size 42 x 46cm – Edition of 5