Craig Masters

b. 1963, Cape Town, lives in Cape Town.
Craig Masters, an artist and graphic designer from Cape Town, was involved with the Cape Flats Art Group, and has been making work since the 1980s. He believes that “imagination is the true powerhouse of the mind” and this certainly comes through in his paintings, which are stylistically unique within South Africa’s art scene. Masters depicts people and social scenes embedded in landscapes, sometimes urban and rural, and sometimes dreamlike and otherworldly.


1995: Graphic Design Training Course, Qurack Express, Lads Freehand and Photoshop, Hirt and Carter, Cape Town.
1995: Diploma, Practical Animation, Kaleidoscope Studio, Cape Town.
1984: Diploma, Fine Art and Graphic Design, Battswood Training College, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

1998: Parliament’s Opening Exhibition, Houses of Parliament, Cape Town.
Year: The Legacy of Steve Biko, (with Cape Flats Art Group), District Six Museum.
1996: Mural Project, District Six Museum, Cape Town (visited by United States Vice President Al Gore).
1992: Art in Publishing Exhibition, Town Square, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2000: Art Afri, Cultura Group, Bern.


2003: Billboard design, Joseph Stone Auditorium Play, Cape Town.
2000s: Painting, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town.


2010: First Prize for animation, The Lion and the Elephant, One Minute Awards, Amsterdam.
1993: Runner up, Upbeat Story Group Comic Competition, South Africa.


1995: Thupelo Workshop, Cape Town.
1992: Charcoal Animation workshop with William Kentridge, Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town.


1988: Gavin Younge, Art of the South African Townships, Random House Incorporated, Michigan.
2011: Mario Pissarra (ed), A Visual Century, South African Art in Context, Volume 3: 1973–1992, Wits University Press, Johannesburg.


Current: Freelance fine artist and graphic designer
Current: Visual Arts Teacher, Build a Better Society (BABS), Cape Town.
2006 – 2010: Report Writer, South African Film and Publication Board, Cape Town
(work also included publication examination for age restriction recommendations, commercial storyboard production, and collaboration with Paradox Animation for FPB Awareness Clip.)
2001 – 2007: E-learning course design for companies, Laragh Courseware, Cape Town.
1995: Storybook and Textbook illustrator, Hirt and Carter, Cape Town.
1995: Storyboard artist, Network Agency, Cape Town.
1995: Mural painter, Artwork co-ordinator for al Gore 1995 visit, District Six Museum, Cape Town.
1995: Visual Arts Teacher, Build a Better Society (BABS), Cape Town.
1994: Film Technician, Nautilus Film Studio, Cape Town.
1994: Temp Cartoonist, South Newspaper, Cape Town.
1994: Storyboards and Rendering, Berry Bush, Cape Town
1985 – 1994: Assistant Make-up, Display Forms, Cape Town.

Other Involvement

2010: Produced The Lion and the Elephant 01:00 animation, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.
1992: Member, South African Publishers’ Association, Cape Town.
1991: Volunteer Visual Arts Teacher, Blackheath Primary School, Cape Town.
1988: Judge, Tygerberg Eistedfod, Cape Town.

Shelley Barry

b. 1973. Lives in Johannesburg

Shelley Barry is a South African filmmaker and disability rights activist. Her films span across genres and are largely experimental in style. She often shoots her own films, exploring the aesthetics of cinematography from the perspective of a wheelchair user.

How Barry’s disability never stopped her from making wonderful films, TimesLive, 28 March 2018, Online
Film industry honour for ex-PE women, The Herald, 27 March 2018, Online
Feminist Filmmaker Meets Boss Bitch Rapper, the Journalist, 16 June 2015, Online
An ode to a dissident, Southern Suburbs Tatler, 12 June 2014
Life is for living, The Witness, 9 August 2010, Online
Opposing worlds united on screen, Weekend Post 


2018: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Film, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
2006: Master of Arts (MA), Film and Media Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia.
1995: Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA.Hons), English, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
1993: Higher Diploma in Education, English and Drama, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
1992: Bachelor of Arts (BA), English and Drama, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.


Present: Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Film and Television, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg.
2015 - 2016: Film Production, Twospinningwheels Media School, Cape Town.
2010 - Present: CEO, Twospinningwheels, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
2013: Filmmaker in Residence, Women's and Gender studies, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
2013: Filmmaker in Residence, Gender Equity Unit, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
2008 - 2010: Head of Programming, Cape Town Television, Cape Town.
2008: Filmmaker in Residence, Carnegie Foundation, New York.
2006 - 2007: Filmmaker in Residence, Temple University, Philadelphia.
2001 - 2003: Media Manager, Office on the Status of Disabled Persons, The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, Pretoria.
1991 - 2001: Manager, Programme Compliance Division CEO,
1996 - 1998: Parliamentary Policy Co-ordinator, Disabled People South Africa, Parliament, Cape Town.


2018: Outstanding Disability Contributor, South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA).
2017: Featured Filmmaker, Mzansi Women’s Film Festival, Johannesburg.
2011: Mail & Guardian's Top 100 South African Women.
2010: Ambassador of Disability Rights Award, KwaZulu-Natal.
2003 - 2004: Charlotte Newcombe Award, Outstanding Students with Disabilities.
2003: Ford Foundation Scholarship, for Master of Fine Arts in film.

Film Awards

2006: Where We Planted Trees

Best Documentary, Diamond Screen Film Festival, Philadelphia.

2004:  Inclinations

Purchased by MTV in 2007.
Top 10 click list, MTV Films Online.

2004:  Whole – A Trinity of Being

Best Film, Superfest, California.
Best Narrative Short, Philadelphia Festival of Independents, Philadelphia.
Best Experimental Film, Breaking Barriers Festival, Moscow.
Best Experimental Film, Projections 2, Canada.
Spirit of Independence Award, Brooklyn (New York) International Disability Film Festival.
Jurors Citation Award, Black Maria Film Festival, New Jersey.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Pennsylvania Association of Graduate Schools, Pennsylvania.
Audre Lorde award for media production.
Television Acquisition, WYBE, DUTV (community TV stations), South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).