During last October’s Exchange Rates expo in Brooklyn we talked to Sluice__  about what running an arts project means to us during a break from our residency on the rooftop of Vazquez ( A new arts building project) making performance work, sound collage and site specific interventions. 

This series of interviews is called Encounters- if you liked our encounter- you might be interested in the others from Exchange Rates https://sluice.info/encounters 

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Killing Time at The Pond

Laura-Jane Atkinson & Hildegard Skowasch 

Free For Arts Festival

3-10 October 2014

As part of Free For Arts Festival The Penthouse are excited to welcome Killing Time to The Pond.

Free For Arts Festival

(FFAF) is a non profit celebration of art and performance. The Festival presents a diverse display of the Visual Arts in unique locations around the city, from static exhibitions to interactive events and one off performances taking place throughout the week. Now on its 5th year, FFA hopes to draw on its previous success yet grow even more vibrant for 2014.

The Pond

is an unusual small architectural spot of blue tiled wonder on the ground floor of the building home to The Penthouse (5th Floor) Hilton House. The Pond was an ornamental fish pond in the 60’s and then later an indoor garden. As time has gone its use has declined along with the upkeep of the fantastic building originally designed by architect Richard Seifert who also created such modernist delights as Center Point (London) and also Euston Station.  We aim to honour all of this with short bursts of  installation and intervention during our stay at Hilton House.

Killing Time 

After meeting as artists in residence, artist duo Killing Time (Hildegard Skowasch and Laura-Jane Atkinson) have continued collaborative practice through process led exchange & responsive creative takeover of works. Utilising an amalgamation of low value materials and palpable time consumption with an emphasis placed on intuition with materials, colour and pattern to transform specific spaces.

Killing Time at The Pond 

“For Free For Arts Festival 2014, we will be constructing a site specific exhibition in collaboration with The Penthouse . A series of large scale sculptural installations will be produced to intervene with and transform The Pond space at The Penthouse to create a temporary immersive environment in an unexpected location. This environment will reflect unusual recordings within our direct surroundings and highly laborious tactile processes with low value, unforeseen materials and objects.”

Opening times: 

3-10 Oct 11am- 6pm daily- available to view on the ground floor of Hilton House.

Drinks reception 3 Oct 6-9pm *Donation Bar

During the drinks reception you can also take a look/wander/listen up at The Penthouse which is currently home to Noise Above Noise residents David Birchall and Sam Andreae and permanent studio of artists and directors of The Penthouse- Debbie Sharp and Rosanne Robertson- for a glance at some works in progress. Please note we do not have an exhibition or programmed event upstairs at The Penthouse and The Penthouse operates as a workplace for artists during this time. 

Directions here

Email thepenthousenq@gmail.com for any further information

Access: Hilton House lobby area is accessible on the ground level. The rest of Hilton House and The Penthouse is accessible via 4 steps on the ground floor to the lift. There is an accessible bathroom on the 2nd floor. 

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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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Debbie Sharp- Penthouse Director launches 12 month project- ‘a bottle of coke and a packet of crisps’ with book project Kickstarter



‘a bottle of coke and a packet of crisps’ is an in depth research project and subsequent 3 exhibitions and series of public events across 3 key cities- Manchester, Bradford and Leeds with accompanying book.

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Be Live at The Penthouse - an evening of live art, sound and installation. 8 June 2013

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New collaboration between Debbie Sharp and Emma-Ruth Richards

We are pleased to announce that studio artist Debbie Sharp is collaborating with composer Emma-Ruth Richards for her piece for Be Live. Emma-Ruth Richards is currently completing her doctorate in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her music is performed by orchestras, ensembles and soloists including Opera North, London Philharmonia, BBC NOW Chamber Players, Manchester Camerata, Nicholas Daniel and Håkan Hardenberger among others. 

Most recently Emma-Ruth has been commissioned to write her first chamber opera that will be performed and go on tour in 2013 drawing on the current social and political issues surrounding sex trafficking in the UK; the British screenwriter and actor Emma Thompson is the patron of the opera.

This unique collaboration and subsequent audio installation and live work will transform The Penthouse corridor project space. 

More previews and sneaky peaks in the run up to Be Live to come.

Be Live takes place on the evening on June 8th. 

https://thepenthousenq.com/Belive x

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