Otto’s Party

The launch event for a new film by Jeremiah Quinn about David Gledhill’s recent work. The film depicts the artist working on his painting ‘Otto’s Party’, which is based upon a snapshot discovered in a Berlin flea market in 2019. The photograph features Otto Schmeida and his wife Elisabeth at a fancy dress party during a time of violent political conflict between left and right wing factions in Germany. Otto makes a reckless political gesture, risking his position as the director of the Trockenmilch Verwertungs Gesellschaft m.b.H (Dried Milk Recycling Company), whose company offices at the time were in Mauerstrasse, just around the corner from Nazi headquarters. The painting is part of a larger project examining the various meanings of the term ‘Parties’ and provides a warning from history as Europe enters a new phase of political polarisation.

Friday July 5


Rogue Artists’ Studios CIC, 4 Barrass Street, Higher Openshaw, Manchester M11 1PU

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