Len Horsey



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

Group Exhibitions:

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

Solo Exhibitions:

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