No Snooze Sunday 

(Next event Sunday 7 June, 10am- 12noon) 

is a coffee morning and contemporary art and sound reading and listening group at artist led space The Penthouse in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

+unlimited freshly ground single origin coffee from the gadgety brew bar.
+things on toast such as organic peanut butter and jelly.
+rooftop views of Manchester.

Topics can range widely relating to contemporary art and sound. We mention sound specifically as contemporary art is often confused for just visual art- when it blatantly is not. It may also be interesting to talk about visual art and sound art concurrently. We suggest that texts, essays, chapters are kept at around 20 pages max to be able to discuss enough in the time frame.

There is no theme- at the end of each text another member of the group suggests another which may follow on- and we see where we end up.

The first text is
Found here

The price is £5 entry which gets you pepped up on high quality coffee beans (decaf also available) via siphon and v60 brew bar and a slice of something organic and delicious for breakfast. This leaves a small (pretty small) profit for The Penthouse to help sustain existence.

Please book here to help with preparations/ seating and then pay on the day.

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Audio and Text Library 

Call for artists below




A collection of art related reading material and audio/sound art archive with fortnightly featured track. 




Open Wed-Fri 1-6pm (Opening hours to increase) 

Reference only or on a ‘book swap’ basis.  

Further information and call for artists:

The library is in its early stages, with donations and purchases it will develop into a well-stocked and evolving resource for everybody.

The sound library will be added to every 2 weeks with experimental audio works by local, national and international artists with the option of additional information to contextualise the work by the artist.

The current seating and shelf is made by artist Debbie Sharp (Suite 4) from a window frame, cable reels, wood and office chair backs. Seating and shelving will develop with found/donated resources as the library does around The Penthouse.

Current feature: Publications by Platform including ‘Liberate Tate’ postcards and ‘Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil’.


Call for donations

If you have any books, magazines, journals, catalogues, printed essays and so on that you can donate to the library please contact us on to arrange a time to come down to The Penthouse to drop off you’re book(s), see the library and have a cup of tea. We are welcoming of all donations whether they are directly related to contemporary art or not. We are also welcoming of artists books and written material related to an artist’s own practice ie catalogues from your own show, a book documenting you’re work or a text piece. We are all art stars, let’s mingle.


Call for sound works

Next Deadline: December 5th

This is a call for all sound art. There is no limit on how long the piece is.

There will be a selected featured track every 2 weeks. All tracks will remain on a playlist housed and archived at The Penthouse Library.

Currently sound pieces are played for visitors from an mp3 player through either headphones or a small speaker attached to the library bench. Like the library, sound archive, seating and shelving the formats/ways we can listen to the tracks will develop over time. If you would like you’re work to be played any other way than we can currently accommodate please supply equipment for the 2 weeks your work is featured. We also accept donations of sound equipment.

To submit work to be selected and featured please send us the following information:

·         Name

·         Artist’s website/links

·         Track name

·         Track length

·         Description (optional)



·         you’re track

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