Photographic artist and Redeye member Natalie Wardle returns to host an evening with talented Northern photographers whose work looks at the human form in visual art and performance. Speaking alongside Natalie will be Lucy Ridges and Michael Savage.

The event is part of a series of Redeye events where members suggest and host events based on their skills or interests. Find out more about suggesting an event here or sign up for membership here.

Who is it for?
This event is for anyone interested in art or photography concerned with the human form, performance art and photography from the North of England.

About the speakers:

Natalie Wardle is a visual artist/photographer from Manchester. Her work looks at how women constrict their bodies to fit in with society’s ideal body types, exploring shapewear and tape that is placed over nipples to both cover and repress their form. She graduated with a BA in Photography from Manchester School of Art. From this, she has exhibited around England and internationally in exhibitions such as Modern History at The Atkinson (Southport) curated by Lynda Morris and Two Night Stands at the Cooper Gallery (Dundee) co-curated by Lynda Morris and the Cooper Gallery. She also attended Canadian artist residency Naked State as part of Arts Unfold. Control Pant Symphony has been developed further with funding from Random Acts North (Tyneside Cinema, True North, HOME) funded by Arts Council England, will be appearing on Channel 4's Random Acts this year and has been exhibited at Playback festival at the ICA, London.

Recent Leeds Arts University graduate Michael Savage is a freelance photographer and curator at Pupil Sphere whose work addresses the intimacy of human condition. While his first self-publication human / nature deals with the love and longing of rural environments, his most recent – In Formalities – traces the discourse around form and gender politics yet subverts the manner in which ‘beauty’ is conveyed, studying the body as a sculptural, sexual and performative entity. Since graduating, Michael’s work with Pupil Sphere has so far seen two opening events in Glasgow and Leeds for their debut touring exhibition From Top To Bottom, which heads to London in May.

Lucy Ridges is a visual artist working primarily with analogue photography and traditional mark-making techniques. Her primarily practice-based work and particular interest in process are intent on revealing humans' affective relationship with the natural world. Lucy has a Masters in Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University (2011) after completing a BA in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire and now works from Rogue Artist Studios, Manchester. Recent residencies and exhibitions include Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland (2015); The Lucky Jotter International Arts Showcase 8th Exhibition, The Gallery, Blackpool (2016); Astronomy and Light, Bankley Gallery, Manchester (2017).

This event starts at 19:00 on Wednesday 25th April 2018 until 21:00. Doors open at 18:30.

This event takes place at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU, UK. The venue is fully accessible.

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Image: Natalie Wardle

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