Artist / Curator and Queer Activist Debbie Sharp
co-Founder of The Penthouse Artist led experimental art projects. http://thepenthousenq.com
I’m a multi-disciplined artist, working on issues to do with the human condition exploring death, identity and gender through the personal gaze.
My art practice is one that works within the parameters of the public realm. I create live performances within installations and sculptural works I’ve created. Foundations of sound and materials are brought together to trigger the sense and evoke memory.
I usually work site-specific and responsive to create one off experiences for the audience, raw materials and found objects are often used within my work, old windows, copper, bricks, concrete. Often using traditional tools in an untraditional way in live performance with added spoken word and sound improvisation,
Themes of past works have included Bradford and The Yorkshire Ripper, Trauma and Containment, Mortality and Remembrance, Sexuality and Gender.
i’ve previously worked on commissions with CFCCA, The Whitworth Gallery, The Peoples History Museum, Royal Northern College Of Music, and produced work for VOID Derry, Open Eye Gallery Liverpool, Manchester art gallery, Deptford x festival London, LOOK11 international photography festival,HYPERLOCAL festival Buenos Aires. Sluice art fair London and Exchange Rates New York, and been featured about her work in The Wire. Sharp was also a member of the cult punk riot girl band Valerie, and experimental band Womb.
Recently I was lead artist and curator of the Curfew Tower in Cushendall Northern Ireland. Investigating and challenging my situation as a lesbian situated in a tower that was built to imprison delinquents and the unsavoury taking into consideration ideas of restriction and liberation.
As well as this i’ve also also given talks about my practice most recently, Presenting on Queer platforms and performing Butch Identity- at LGBTQ+ Symposium on occasion of new David Hockney gallery at Cartwright Hall, Bradford. Delivered a masterclass for Peshkar under25project for young artist from Spain, Portugal and the UK. Peshkar is a multi-platform arts organisation Improving the lives of young people through the arts.
contact email: email@example.com
if you would like me to give a talk or presentation about my work, or give a masterclass and mentoring. please feel free to get in touch.