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The Body Up North

  • Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Market Buildings, Thomas St Manchester, M4 1EU United Kingdom (map)

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.

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

Free Registration / £3 Donation / £6 Donation


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. Pleasure Principles, his collaborative exhibition with Alexandra Hayter, is open at Leeds' Village Bookstore & Gallery until April 15th.


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).

Earlier Event: April 19
James Pfaff: Alex & Me
Later Event: April 25
Anything Goes