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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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Shots from The Penthouse at Sluice__ 2015 at Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank London October 16-18 2015. Works by Rosanne Robertson & Debbie Sharp. 

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Florian Fusco (Berlin/Vienna/Manchester)- residency special presenting new sound and video live project- Generic Wrongness.




Florian is using his Noise Above Noise residency for some intense experimentation with his Random Appropriation Synth project as well some new sound to video automation experiments- resulting in the final live work being a responsive video projection.

Supported by:
The In-Between State (sound art and performance project by Debbie Sharp). Action / Re Action.


Legitimate Sculptures (Rosanne Robertson, Gary Fisher, Kate Armitage). Sound + Objects + Improv Trio.

7pm doors
£5 entry (inc booking)- Online tickets
Licensed bar
Limited capacity (recommended to buy tickets in advance)

Noise Above Noise 2014/15 series is kindly supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.

This event is in collaboration with Kraakhaus co curated by Flo see the trailer video here made by Flo ( The festival sees the end of an era and the start of a new one (read the event page for details). Enjoy the following bands on the Saturday 25th at Kraakhaus - the day after Noise Above Noise x
The Feminists, Wedge, Salford Media City, Mike O’Neil, Danny Saul, Sam Weaver, Warm Widow, Water, The Jungfraus, Politburo, TheRunningChelsea.

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Gary Fisher- Joined Apart (digital album)


The pace of this album punctuated by the 10 individual sound pieces make for a slow and considered listening experience. Calls of something about to happen or having just happened echo in and out- joining up disparate beginnings and ends. There is expectation, loss, hope- sometimes trundling, sometimes arriving, sometimes a long ending.

Gary Fisher is an artist working with sound, objects, tape and performance as part of a practice that is an ongoing improvisation- a constant process of accumulating, appropriating, sounding and shedding objects and DIY instruments. His work is currently more minimal than it has been at times in the past- with what seems to be explorations into restriction- as both an academic task and because of situations that change within his life.

In 2014 he moved from home town Salford to  London for his MA in Sound Art at London Communication College where he studied under such lecturers as David Toot (experimental musician, author, and professor and chair of audio culture and improvisation) and carried out a number of projects including performing as part of Sculpture/ Allan Kaprow’s YARD at The Hepworth Gallery,  an ensemble performance with Christian Marclay and Thurston Moore at White Cube and his MA show Constantly Evolving but Never Ending curated by Irene Revell (Electra Productions). Love, life and art then took him to Italy where he lived briefly and also took part of a project titled Flea Market with Gilda Manfring at Venice Biennial by Rob Pruitt where Gary extended his explorations into objects and their prescribed function vs imagined functioned as musical instruments.

On his return to Manchester for his Noise Above Noise residency with us here at The Penthouse in Manchester he carried on his investigations into minimal set ups and uses of found objects with some simple yet effective improvisations with paper, a found metal cabinet, radio and self publishing. We curated the performance event to also present new performance works by Matt Dalby (as Tear Fet) – a long time collaborator- and also Helmut Lemke his tutor who introduced him to sound art at Salford University.

And then things seemed to come to a beginning or an end. A relationship ended. An unexpected return home. Back to the start or not at all?

We all go through transitional periods, things change. What this work demonstrates is what happens if an artist can create through these times- pulling together a variety of events, experiences and feelings over a  certain section of life.

The album communicates a long period of time- a document of a series of changes- a document of a number of places. More obvious sound sources such as trains literally makes it feel like you are being moved toward the horizon slowly- with the tension bolstered in parts by chaotic crashing cymbal and dramatic delayed electronics as with track 3 ‘Both Channels’. Ambient sounds linger on penetrated by sharp short interferences, silent pauses, effected electronics, distortion, and tinkered with metal and objects as with track 5 'Broken Square’. And it all swells into one interesting and very worth while journey- Joined Apart.

You can buy Gary Fisher’s new album Joined Apart via bandcamp for only £4 as a digital download.

Proceeds go towards a different physical release on vinyl later this year, so you can buy an artwork and also help fund a future one for a small amount of money. 

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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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A selection of images from Noise Above Noise V 

Artists performing were

Human Heads

Rachael Finney

James Watts

Debbie Sharp 

Rosanne Robertson

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Debbie Sharp performance for Supersonic Festival ( @supersonicfest ) at Stryx ( @StryxArts ) . A performance that started outside with natural sounds of walking, a text piece on a wall, spoken word, walking up concrete stairs followed by live sound performance with amplified clock mechanism, various metal tools, radio, amplified surface and letter pressing on copper. More on Debbie Sharp here  (Filmed by Graham Dunning). 


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Debbie Sharp and Rosanne Robertson performing for Supersonic Festival ( @supersonicfest ) - Racket- at Stryx 

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Noise Above Noise _Four  *  Friday April 25th  * 

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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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“Performance series Noise Above Noise elevates Manchester’s underground scene to the fifth floor of a tower block”- The Wire.

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

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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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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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