Constant Sleepless Night.

15- 17 May 7-11pm

15 May 7-11pm Special NQ After Dark Live Launch with sound and performance.

An evening exhibition and live soundtrack by artists Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp for Manchester After Hours/Northern Quarter After Dark- as part of Museums at Night: Culture24’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events.

As the night rolls on Manchester After Hours becomes Northern Quarter After Dark. NQ After Dark is the city’s most creative quarter’s offering- in the form of a night time cultural mash-up. See the Creative Tourist full guide here 

Constant Sleepless Night opens on Thursday 15th May- the start of the festival- with a special live launch event including live sound making and performance as one of the many parts of this exploratory and responsive night time exhibition.

Please note sunset on 15 May is around 8.40pm. 

An exhibition in and of the dark. 

A glimpse. 

A curious sound. 

A smell. 

A shadow. 

This two person show by artists- and directors of The Penthouse - Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp takes hold of all the senses harnessing the heightened awareness of maneuvering darkness. Taking the unique situation of this top floor city centre studio and project space Robertson and Sharp will use the city at night to site responsively influence works using image, light and sound. As the night wares on the city changes and so the unique rooftop view changes and so the exhibition changes. 


Debbie Sharp is an artist working with installation, image, text and live performance. 

“Static Memory II, shows the artist partly surrounded by a wire mesh structure, sitting at a dimly lit desk and intoning a repetitive text that, combined with radio static and electronic effects, forms claustrophobic layers. Metal plaque making crops up in Sharp’s work over the years; she records and loops the sounds of tools on metal as she beats out the words she’s reciting. In the further enclosed space of the corridor, the effect is both intimate and sinister.”- The Wire 

Rosanne Robertson is an artist working with action, objects and sound with both live and installed works. 

“For me Rosanne’s very much a ‘doodlebug’, that is to say, a provocateur who tirelessly works across all platforms, creating work by any medium necessary and who works beneath the skin,” Doodlebug, Dazed and Confused. 

The Penthouse: 

An artist led work and project space with “an emphasis on the divergent” (The Skinny). Home to artists Rosanne Robertson, Debbie Sharp, many of their collaborators and Noise Above Noise- a sound art event which “elevates Manchester’s sonic underground to the fifth floor of a tower block” (The Wire). 

Suitable for any age. Families welcome. 

Admission: Suggested Donation £3

Access: 3 steps on ground floor of building, lift access, wheelchair access, wheelchair accessible bathroom.