Rosanne Robertson CV

Rosanne Robertson

Artist based in Manchester, England.


2014 Zabludowicz Collection Master Class- nominated and selected by Castlefield Gallery for Master Class 2014 focussed on a critical consideration around ideas of staging in relation to performative aspects of contemporary art practice (London, UK)

2006- 2009 Manchester School of Art, Fine Art (First)

2003- 2004 City of Sunderland College, Foundation Art and Design


2012- I have a studio at an art space I founded and co run called The Penthouse.



2015 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts- Research and Development project- Too Much. Exploring mental health in relationship with assemblage and sound making

Group Exhibitions / Events (selected)

2116 Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art- presenting OutsiderXchangeS with Venture Arts/Castlefield Gallery/Community Arts North West (Gateshead).

2016 Manchester Contemporary- presenting OutsiderXchangeS with Venture Arts/Castlefield Gallery/Community Arts North West/Baltic Art Gallery

2016 What IS She Wearing- Appendage & Bond, Manchester Art Gallery/ Instigate Arts

2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange ‘Next Generation’ produced by HOME (Manchester) K11 Foundation and VOX LIVEHOUSE (Wuhan, China). Performance ‘A Physical Rumour’ exhibited as part of ‘Inside Outside’, K11 Foundation

2015 Masquerdade//Murmuration, Sluice__, Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank (London, UK)

2015 For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery (Manchester, UK)

2014 Paradiso Project / Exchange Rates, Vazquez Gallery (Brooklyn, NYC)

2014 Call and Response, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art at Museum of Science and Industry (Salford, UK)

2014 Call and Response, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art at John Rylands Library. (Manchester, UK)

2014 Something Like Now, Cardroom (Manchester, UK)

2013 Equals, Blank Media (Manchester, UK)

2013 Emergency, The Bluecoat (Liverpool, UK)

2013 Through, Neo: Art Gallery (Bolton, UK)

2012 Wonder(ment), Alexandra Arts (Manchester, UK)

2012 Sunderland Art Prize, Departure Foundation (Sunderland, UK)

2011 Queer Show, Kraak Gallery (Manchester, UK)

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Too Much, The Penthouse (Manchester, UK)

2013 Risk Assessment, The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester, UK)

2011- 2012 An Evening of Dissatisfaction with Free Gifts, Islington Mill, (Salford, UK)

Live Performance (selected)

2016 Appendage & Bond, The Other Room (Manchester, UK)

2015 Premonition, Zarata Festival (Madrid, ES)

2015 Micro Momentum, Whitworth Art Gallery as part of Micro Micro Revolution, CFCCA /The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese Art from the 1970s to now (Manchester, UK)

2015 A Physical Rumour Commissioned as part of Chris Paul Daniels’ A Tiger’s Skin, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester, UK)

2014 Objects into Sound- Sound into Space, Silent Barn (Brooklyn, NYC)

2014 Emergency, Word of Warning, Z-Arts (Manchester, UK)

2014 Supersonic Festival, Stryx (Birmingham, UK)

2014 Tour with Part Wild Horse Mane on Both Sides and 2 Koi Karp: Les Instants Chavires, Paris. Nest, Brussels. Roodkapje, Rotterdam

2013 Tubers Music (Manchester, UK)


2015 Hyper Local Festival, Buenos Aires. Screening of Corridor 7 film made with Debbie Sharp commissioned by Exhibition Centre for Use and Abuse of Books.

2014 Film commission collaborating with Debbie Sharp. Commissioned by The Exhibition Centre for Use of Books for short film responding to Corridor publications- event held at Anthony Burgess Centre. Supported by Arts Council England.


2016 Appendage and Bond album tracks Theatre for the Ears featuring Allan Kaprow on Resonance Extra (London).

2016 Appendage and Bond album tracks played on Fractal Meat on Spongy Bone- NTS Radio (London)

2014 Live performance for Fractal Meat on Spongy Bone by Graham Dunning- NTS Radio


2017 Bill Drummond’s Curfew Tower- curatorship and residency Jan-Dec 2017

2016 OutsiderXchangeS, Venture Arts/Castlefield Gallery/Baltic, UK

2013 Trelex Residency, Trelex (Switzerland)

2013 Whisper Residency, Chinese Arts Center (Manchester, UK)

2012 Wonder(ment) Residency, Alexandra Arts (Manchester, UK)

2012 Merzbarn Residency, Littoral Arts Trust (Cumbria, UK)

2010 Boatelier Residency, Contents May Vary/East Street Arts (Calderdale, UK)

2010 All Systems Go Residency, Departure Gallery (London, UK)

Collaborations and Commissions

2015 The Last Case of George Cecil Ives (1867 – 1950). Sound installation commission for research project by artist Jez Dolan. Arts Council England supported.


The Wire

Noise Above Noise curated by Rosanne Robertson featured in The Wire with a focus on artist directors of The Penthouse- Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp. “Performance series Noise Above Noise elevates Manchester’s underground scene to the fifth floor of a tower block”.

Corridor 8

Chinese Arts Centre Whisper Residency feature by Lauren Velvick. “In a small, high ceilinged room at the Chinese Arts Centre, various tools and implements are aligned neatly on a table, whilst a loop pedal joins a shaver and a mysterious pile of hair on the floor…”

Dazed and Confused

feature- Dazed Digital. Doodlebug Selects Rosanne Robertson. “For me Rosanne’s very much a ‘doodlebug’, that is to say, a provocateur who tirelessly works across all platforms, creating work by any medium necessary and who works beneath the skin,”


2016 Dark Matter- Royal Standard- guest panellist representing The Penthouse

2016 Press Gang series talk and performance – Wur Bradford

2014 Revealing Sounds workshop at John Rylands Library as part of Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art’s Call and Response program for Asia Triennial exhibition Harmonious Society.

2014 If Wet, Objectum Sexuality- a performative presentation about emotional relationships with objects within my practice. Worcestershire.

2014 Re-making Peace- Sound making workshop for International Women’s Day project at The Penthouse.

2013 Artist Q&A as part of Equals- contemporary feminism speed debate, 2022NQ, Manchester.

2013 Panelist at Spring Conference- What is Radical Art? Manchester.

2012 Guest speaker at ‘Left Overs’ (a Pecha Kucha event) curated by Art House for The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.

2012 Guest artist and speaker at Artist Led Platform #1, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK

2012 Guest artist and speaker at Young Person’s Development Program, Full Circle Arts- hosted by Blank Media Collective and Zion Arts Centre, Manchester, UK

Arts Positions

2017- The Penthouse curates The Curfew Tower (Northern Ireland)

2016/17- Trainee Artist, Art House, Culture Cures (Wakefield)

2012- Present- Artist/Director, The Penthouse(Manchester)

2011- Director, Manchester Artists’ Bonfire

2009-2012- Research Assistant, Castlefield Gallery (Manchester)

2009-2012- Researcher & Writer, a-n magazine (Manchester)