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Instigate Arts presents a night of creative and artistic Do it Yourself, bringing together Manchester and Salford’s cutting edge, innovative and leftfield creatives, collaborators, collectives and spaces. 

For De(Construction) artist directors of The Penthouse Debbie Sharp and Rosanne Robertson present a reverse sculpture that pairs raw materials of construction and the performance of destruction - reducing old hierarchical individualistic monumentalism to the communal experience of dust. 

 Over the past 5 years The Penthouse was born of and incubated by a piece of crumbling modernist architecture, we cooperated and revolted within its dust which we believe still resides within our bodies. Indeterminacy, ephemerality and moments happened within the dust of a previous era with cranes bringing the dreams attached to new concrete blocks all around us. 

Boundaries between our bodies, structures, vibrations were destabilised. The Queer female body within crumbling modernist structure has been an important yet non-formalised part of the experience with both artists exploring structure and the city on their own terms and inviting other artists to do the same. The Dyke body forcing the destruction of built up Penthouse dreams and agitating ideals for an advanced and sleek future brings into force an ‘Other’ power. This power is more attuned to Mother nature who has the force to engulf all into the sediment layers of the Earth. 

The boundaries of the artists’ bodies and the materials of the spaces in which their practices exist renegotiated- De(Constructed) within a live performance. This act is reflective of the ongoing cycle of creation and destruction within DIY and artist led culture- creating a space for freedom.

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Documentation of Queer Art Show 5 pt 1 

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Masquerade / / Murmuration exhibition and performances by The Penthouse at Sluice_ 2015. 

Masquerade // Murmuration

Is a two person show at Sluice_ by artists and founders of The Penthouse Debbie Sharp and Rosanne Robertson with an accompanying sound and performance program.

Masquerade / by Rosanne Robertson exhibits inner forces and discord that manifests in relationships with and between objects, assemblage, costume, sound and performance sculpture. Freedoms and limits are demonstrated against each other in compositions celebrating form among chaos and chaos among form. Interactions and improvisations with assemblage and performance sculpture punctuate the exhibition and roam Sluice 2015.

/ Murmuration by Debbie Sharp exhibits external forces of nature and physics with silent investigations via internal structures of sound and matter with works that are drawn from the darkness of existence in-between life and death.

Join us for the Reception Thursday 15 October 5- 8.30pm

Exhibition & Press Gang- 5th Floor Exhibition Space:

Thurs 15th 5-8.30pm

Fri 16th- Sun 18th 11am- 6pm

Performance, sound & assemblage- Sluice_ 1st Floor Performance Space:

Thursday 15th 5-8.30pm

Friday 16th 12-6pm

Masquerade//Murmuration is accompanied by an intermittent series of live works with sound making, installation and assemblage which will be housed in the performance space and will then roam between The Penthouse space on the top floor of The Barge-house and the outside spaces of Oxo Tower on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th during Sluice_ 2015 opening hours.

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Noise Above Noise _Four  *  Friday April 25th  * 

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A selection of images from our International Women’s Day #IWD14 event at The Penthouse with For Books Sake and No More Page 3- mass feminist collage session by Jane Bradley and Anne Louise Kershaw. An open studio for project A Packet of Crisps and a Bottle of Coke by Debbie Sharp and an open sound and found object workshop and performance by Rosanne Robertson. Thank you to everyone who made it a very special and important day. Profits will be added to the proceeds from a release of a one off audio/visual artwork and document of the day- to be available to purchase soon and donated to Manchester Rape Crisis. 

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A selection of images of artists from Noise Above Noise III. 1st- Gwen Osmond/Trianglecuts w/ Magpahi, 2nd Debbie Sharp, 3rd Rosanne Robertson, 4th Kim Foale and The Art of Noises game, 5th David Birchall, 6th Now Wash Your Hands. Thank you to all artists and audience for a brilliant night x

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The Penthouse and artist directors Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp featured in this month’s The Wire ‘The most essential music magazine of the contemporary era’ (Forced Exposure). With mention of our new sound art event Noise Above Noise- next happening 20 Feb x

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2 Koi Karp- Open Studio. 17 January.

As part of the ‘From the Rooftops’ series at The Penthouse 2 Koi Karp have been residents of Suite 2 since November 2013- they will open up their world of magick, waterfalls, skreaks, tapes and hiccups to the public for one night only on Friday January 17th. 

tapes, screaks, muzak, magick…

2 Koi Karp create a conflict of sound using noise/melody, analog/digital, beat/ambience using tapes, kids instruments, vocals and objects.

Neil Francis (ex-Gnod and recent addition to Terminal Cheesecake) and Louise Woodcock (AKA Her Majesty’s Pleasure, sound/visual artist and member of Poppycock with Una Baines, ex-Womb) began in earnest early this year with the acquisition of The Basement Room space in central Manchester. Woodcock is also one half of installation/performance duo Woodcock&Grundstrom; regular artists-in-residence at queer monthly party event Bollox.

2 Koi Karp describe The Penthouse as a place that has informed and inspired their performances; opening up collaborative projects such as Noise Above Noise;The Queer Art Show inspired new performative possibilities, using more concrete sounds and 'wearing’ sound makers. 2 Koi Karp recently represented The Penthouse at Sluice Art Fair, Bermondsey, London.

During their residency 2 KOI KARP have been exploring new audio/visual/performative ideas and turning their residency room into an immersive art work with new changing collections of objects, waterfalls, facepainting, balls, vegetables, tapes, toys and sound makers. As part of their residency they have invited collaborators such as Gary Fisher, Matt Dalby, Rosanne Robertson, Genius of Germs and Bratan and created a number of films, images and new sound works. 

2 Koi Karp work tirelessly as artists pushing at possibilities with humour and colour and do it with complete passion and direct powerful expression- because they have to. The Penthouse thrives off their energy and full on unapologetic creativity. Their open studio will be a glimpse into what has been an ever changing work of art- The Penthouse invite you to get up close to the many facets of 2 Koi Karp’s creations over the course of the open studio from 7pm with a live end of residency performance at 9pm. 

Open Studio- 7-10pm
Live Performances- 7.30pm and 9pm

Suggested Donation £2


The Penthouse
5th Floor Hilton House
26-28 Hilton Street 
Northern Quarter
M1 2EH

From the Rooftops is a series of artist residencies supported by Arts Council England. 

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A flash by of The Penthouse over 2013- in it’s first year of existence! So much more to come in 2014! Enjoy x

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Noise Above Noise _Three. “A brilliantly curated and visually stunning night of sound art and performance”- Manchester Finest. 

Noise Above Noise _Three. 

20 February 2014  Doors 6pm. Start 7pm. Finishes 10.45pm.

£3 entry (plus £2 corkage if bringing own bottle) - All door money goes to artists. 

An evening of experimental sound art, indeterminacy and performance all over The Penthouse studios and corridor project space. A Noise above the Noise of everything else. A selection of sound elevated. Everything made at The Penthouse flies from the rooftops. 

Noise Above Noise _Three Artists: 

Rosanne Robertson
Debbie Sharp
Gwendolen Osmond/ Triangle Cuts
Now Wash Your Hands
David Birchall
Kim Foale

(Order to be arranged on day)

Images of Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp from Noise Above Noise _Two (bottom two) by Anne Louise Kershaw for Manchester Finest- See the Article and Follow Anne on twitter 

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A selection of images from Noise Above Noise II- November 28 2013 ft. (in order) Alison Cooper (Magpahi), Manoli Moriaty w/ Frances-Kay, Debbie Sharp, 2 Koi Karp, Rosanne Robertson and Kelly Jayne Jones. 

Photos of Debbie Sharp and Rosanne Robertson by Anne Louise Kershaw

Other photos by Rosanne Robertson

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An evening of experimental sound art, Indeterminacy and performance all over The Penthouse, studios and corridor project space. A Noise above the Noise of everything else. A selection of sound elevated. Everything made at The Penthouse flies from the rooftops. 

Artist’s ‘setups’ and performance space is not differentiated from audience/viewing space- there are no traditional concert setups. Artists perform from all parts of The Penthouse art studios and corridor project space- resulting in a sprawling and refreshingly direct way of experiencing new experimental live sonic art. The Penthouse is a place for making and sharing new experimental art- straight from the studio. 

Recording from Debbie Sharp, Gary Fisher and Matt Dalby at Noise Above Noise One>



Debbie Sharp.

“My practice often works within a space of memory and mortality
im interested in the history of time the ancient and fragments
of life, within a public and personal place.”

For Noise Above Noise One Debbie carried out a live work using amplified surfaces, plaque making, TV static and her voice to create a looped composition and installed work which built into a layered and dark piece. 

2 Koi Karp (open studio).

2 Koi Karp create a conflict of sound using noise/melody, analog/digital, beat/ambience using tapes, kids instruments, vocals and objects.

2 Koi Karp are currently in residence at The Penthouse and will open their studio doors for this occasion- who knows what will come out of it? 

Manoli Moriaty with Frances-Kay.

Manoli Moriaty is a Manchester based sound artist, composer, and performer, working in the areas of noise & electroacoustic/acousmatic composition, whilst also producing techno, electronica, and IDM.

For Noise Above Noise One Manoli will be performing Symbiosis with Fraces- Kay. The sound is provided by a computer based system, involving eight separate modules generating sound through synthesis and live sample manipulation. Using motion sensors the sound will be affected by the movements of Frances-Kay’s live performative piece. 

Rosanne Robertson.

Is a live artist working with sound, objects and action. 

Rosanne Robertson is based at The Penthouse and will be opening her studio to share recent sound making with an immersive experience within her metal studio walls (METAL)! Rosanne is currently obsessed with improvisation, spontaneity, noise and deviance. And metal, vibrating devices and voice. 


is the project of Alison Cooper with Sam Mcloughlin and friends with Falsetto fairytale folk songs and 16th century poems from the black and white birds nest. 

Alison and Sam have also recently performed Echo of Light
Folklore Tapes & the Strangest Thing at Edinburgh Anatomy Lecture Theatre…

“…It’s the nuance and quietly spellbinding tactility of the patchworked musical (and non-musical) ingredients which give flesh to the images whilst leaving so much to the imagination”
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Kelly Jayne Jones

Selected past projects include PROJECTS 96, Museum of Modern Art, New York - A sound commission in collaboration with Haris Epaminonda and TUSK Festival, Newcastle Upon Tyne- Commissioned to collaborate with US and NZ experimental musicians on an improvisation for Balinese Gamelan Instruments.

£3 entry - all entry money goes to artists

(this is actually far too cheap- donate more if you can). 

Donation bar/byob (donate corkage fee) - all drinks profit goes to help running space. 

The bar stocks Red Stripe and also a mulled Cider as well as a variety of soft drinks and chai. We will also be serving vegan curry and snacks so you can come straight from work and have your tea x (you can come early from 6pm and eat during set up if you like). 

We will play one after the other down and around the length of The Penthouse between 7- 10.30pm- more detailed running order and individual approximate start times tba. 


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The Penthouse, Manchester does Sluice Art Fair, London. Some images from our table pitch over the weekend w/ Rosanne Robertson, Debbie Sharp, Gary Fisher and Benny McChrystal Plimmer 18-20 Oct 2013 

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images from NOISE ABOVE NOISE sound art night held at the Penthouse Manchester 19/9/13
Debbie Sharp 
Rosanne Robertson 
Gary Fisher 
Matt Dalby
2 KOI KARP Louise Woodcock Neil Von Gnod

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