It’s ‘Open House’ at The Penthouse

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Open House at The Penthouse

After throwing the doors open with ‘Introducing The Penthouse‘ in December the first ‘Open House‘ will take place on March 1st. ‘Open House #1‘ presents recent workings out and results from The Penthouse by a selection of recent Penthouse artists:

Rosanne Robertson
Debbie Sharp
Natalie Finnemore
Gary Fisher
Coryn Smethurst
Sandra Bouguerch

Rosanne Robertson will perform a new audio visual and action based work in Suite 1. This work results from a recent period of looking at objects as instruments and instruments as objects including starting point ‘Keyboard Punchbag‘ and other disrespectful pursuits!  Rosanne Robertson

Debbie Sharp will present new work using found objects and video in Suite 3.  Debbie Sharp

The first of the site responsive residencies at The Penthouse and subsequent installed work within one time fish pond now left empty on the ground floor is being undertaken by selected artist Natalie Finnemore. Natalie creates abstract sculptural installations which illustrate her interest in creating architectural interventions, often drawing influence from the structural conventions and nuances of a space, line, colour and composition. Natalie will be using new site specific methods to produce a work for this unusual street level Norther Quarter space.  Natalie Finnemore

Gary Fisher is an experimental sound and visual artist who’s work is a continuous process of experimentation and enquiry focused around instinctive and investigatory responses to sounds, images, objects, words and places.Chosen for his continuous experimental unapologetic working methods Gary was invited to bring his sprawling intricate practice to Suite 2 at The Penthouse and will share with you an improvised live work as part of his residency.  Gary Fisher

Coryn Smethurst present a sound installation made specifically for The Penthouse corridor project space inspired by sounds from previous performance ‘Its My Birthday and I’ll Cry if I Want to‘ by Rosanne Robertson. Coryn is a sound recordist, composer, philosopher and photographer. He is the co-founder and administrator for the Sonic Arts Forum and recently chaired the IN/fromtheout Sonic Art conference at Blank Media in Manchester. As a sound recordist he is active in both studio and location environments using a wide range of techniques – parabolic dishes, contact microphones, large and small diaphragm microphones, hydrophones etc to record sounds. Studio work ranges from musical instruments to typewriters, whilst location work ranges from his award winning wildlife recordings (spanning a chorus of Marsh Frogs to an Aquatic snail eating a photosynthesising plant) through to his teeth being drilled by his dentist, and sewage pipes being slapped by the incoming tide. His ears are always curious.

Sandra Bouguerch has created ‘Life Lines‘ – the 4th track to be featured for The Penthouse archive, which was recorded at two separate life-drawing environments. “The life-drawing environment has the ability to reflect life in general and the many temporal experiences of tension and awareness within ones own lives; some being ephemeral whilst others are of a longer duration.

Entry is £1 donation and this will get you into the ‘Open House‘ where you will find cheap art and booze is available, and this event is kindly sponsored by Marilyn Carpenter (Debbie’s Mum!) and Yorkshire tea. The Penthouse will also be issuing details of the next 3 opportunities at The Penthouse to those with an interest; as they say, “You’ve got to be in it to win it“.


Open House / 1st March / 6pm-9pm / £1
The Penthouse / 5th Floor / Hilton House / 26-28 Hilton Street Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EH  The Penthouse