Tights and Control Pants: An evening with Stephen King and Natalie Wardle

22 Oct 2015

Event times

Doors, 6pm, talks being at 6.30pm

Cost of entry


Open Eye Gallery

Liverpool, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • The nearest bus station is at Liverpool ONE, but some buses drop off at the Pier Head, right next door to the gallery. Merseytravel has details of local bus services.
  • By train We are 20 minutes walk from Lime Street station ' Liverpool's mainline railway station. James Street station, served by Wirral Line trains, is a two minute walk. Moorfields station, served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is a five minute w

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Join Redeye, the Photography Network at Open Eye Gallery for an evening with Stephen King and Natalie Wardle, two photographers exploring gender, identity and sexuality.


Join Redeye, the Photography Network at Open Eye Gallery for an evening with Stephen King and Natalie Wardle, two photographers exploring gender, identity and sexuality.

To kick off the event, recent graduate Natalie Wardle will give a short talk on her recent work, Control Pants Symphony, an exploration into 'shapewear' (garments that are designed to mould and shape the female body). This piece is currently on display as part of Modern History Vol II

Stephen King will then present Dry Your Eyes Princess, a unique photography project in which King has photographed trans* military veterans from across the UK, exploring the intersection between gender identity and military service. This project is the first of its kind examining trans* veterans’ experience of service in the Armed Forces.

The event will finish with a Q&A and an open session where attendees are encouraged to meet with other photographers, and share their work. 

This event coincides with Open Eye Gallery's current exhibition Zanele Muholi: Vukani/Rise

About Stephen King:

Stephen King (b.1975) is an award winning social documentary and portrait photographer. Upon graduating from a photography HND at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in 1997 he co-founded Document Magazine spending the following 10 years undertaking assignments in the editorial sector. In 2007 he attained an MA in photography from the University of Chester and went freelance to focus upon a personal practice and teaching. The projects and commissions he undertakes often focus upon our relationships to physical and social space along with notions of ownership and belonging. Stephen also lecturers on the B.A(hons) Photography course at St Helens College for The University of Bolton.

@StephenKingFoto #Dryyoureyesprincess

About Natalie Wardle:

Natalie Wardle is a recent graduate of the BA Photography course at Manchester School of Art. Her recent workControl Pant Symphony is currently on display at The Atkinson as part of Modern History Vol II curated by Linda Morris. 

Tickets & timing 
This event is free to but any donations are appreciated, and help us to deliver future events such as this. If you wish to donate, please choose one of the donation options below. If you do not wish to donate, please select the 'Free Ticket' option. Doors open at 6.00pm. Talks will begin at 6.30pm. 

Image at the top by Stephen King 

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