Len Horsey's work combines a love of narrative, whether written or visual, with an acute celebration of human imperfection and fakery. It displays a mixture of accidental and intentional awkwardness whilst skimming the crest of contemporary culture, political hypocrisy and artistic evolution for extra intellectual flotsam and jetsam.
Horsey uses a selection of alter ego's in the performance, painting, objects, filmmaking and writing to reveal a paradoxical world that is both challenging and flippant; toeing the line between crass servitude and creative freedom.
The guidelines for construction and performance are as rigid as they are bent.
2008-09 MA Writing, Sheffield Hallam University
1995-98 BA(Hons) Fine Art, University of Northumbria
Performance (Solo & Group):
2006 Late Room, Manchester
2006 The Greenroom Theatre, Manchester
2006 ATP(I haven’t seen you for ages – mini UK Tour), Workplace Gallery, Gateshead/Chapter Gallery, Cardiff/The Spitz, London
2005 ATP 12, Tiger Lounge, Manchester
2005 ATP 6, Tiger Lounge, Manchester
2005 ATP 2, Tiger Lounge, Manchester
2004 Artfest, Birmingham
2004 Sign Up, Greenwich College of Music, London
2004 Arts Ball, Newcastle upon Tyne
2004 Wooden Pants & Broken Dreams, The Ivy House, London
2002 Paint Dry, The Sidewalk Café, New York, USA
2002 VANE, The Old Assembly Rooms, Newcastle upon Tyne
2002 Yule, Kulturhuset USF, Bergen, Norway
2002 Prøverommet(December), Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway
2002 Prøverommet(October), Teatergarsjen, Bergen, Norway
2002 Dirtbox, Head of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne
2002 Commonwealth Games Closing Party, Manchester
2002 Memento, Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
2002 VANE, Old Assembly Rooms, Newcastle upon Tyne
2002 Misery, Chorlton, Manchester
2002 Flux Party, Generation X, Manchester
2001 Supporting Murray the Hump, The Garage, Holloway Road, London
2001 Lavish Conviction, Chorlton Mill Gallery, Manchester
2001 Flux Party, Great Eastern Hotel, London
2000 Return from Vegas, Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
2000 Night 2, Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
2000 VANE, The Old Assembly Rooms, Newcastle upon Tyne
1999 Night 1, Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
1998 Unplugged, Project Space, Newcastle upon Tyne
2007 Snowglobes, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
2004 Eightysix Occurrences, Issue 4 of Miser & Now
2004 Kjœrlighet, Bergen, Norway
2002 Oxymoronic, Tmesis Gallery Manchester
2002 Potential Hits, Unit 2 Gallery, London
2002 Booked, Dashwood Gallery, Bexley
2002 Flux 5, The Ritz, Manchester
2002 Potential Hits, Chapman Gallery, Manchester
2001 Booked, Waterstones Bookshop, London
2001 SHO1, The Lowry Hotel, Salford
2001 Wall, Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend
2001 Prickly Heat, Debenhams, Manchester
2000 VANE, Newcastle upon Tyne
2000 Unlikliness of Being, UK & Norway
2000 Home, Newcastle upon Tyne
1998 Making Time, Newcastle upon Tyne
2006 Wooden Pants & Broken Dreams(part 2), Bryn Awel Gallery, Aberystwyth Books
2004 Illustrated re-mix of Jane Eyre, Bloom Grove Press. Limited 300 Competition
1997 Beck’s New Contemporaries Fellowship
1998 Bronze Casting, University of Northumbria
2005 Interactive Installation, Cornerhouse 20th year Anniversary, Manchester
2000 Millennium Sculpture, Wolviston, Teeside Residency
2003 AIR at Kulturhuset USF, Bergen, Norway Theatre
2005 Fanya (24-7 Theatre Festival), Manchester. Set design and construction.
1998 The Wall, Trajekt Theatre Company, Cumbria. Set design and construction.
1999-08 Features & interviews for Flux Magazine, Artists Newsletter, Aesthetica and DNX. Articles, essays, cartoon strips and short stories published in Miser & Now, Pilot: 1, Uncle Chop Chop, Metro Newspaper, Flux Magazine and others. Script adjudicator for 24-7 Theatre Festival.
2006 IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE – Animation. Wrote, directed, produced and artwork.
2006 AUTO TEST PILOT (THE DOCUMENTARY) – Documentary. Produced.
2005 ALICE OFF BALANCE – Short film. Produced
2004 WOODEN PANTS & BROKEN DREAMS – Musical/film. Wrote, produced and directed
2003 CONTAGIOUS – 5 minute short. Wrote, directed and produced. .
2000 COUP DE VENT – 5 minute Cine 8 short. Produced, directed, filmed and edited.
Films shown in UK, France, Norway and Canada