Horace Lindezey has been a practising artist for over 30 years. He is a skilled illustrator, textile artist, sculptor and ceramicist.
Much of Lindezey’s world depicts the work around him, his family and memories of his childhood growing up in Hulme and Moss Side, Manchester.
Lindezey’s is one of 6 children. His father was a carpenter and mother a seamstress, she especially had a huge influence on his life. He recalls sitting and watching her create bridesmaids dresses in the living room when he was younger, watching her sew on the beads one by one. He was not allowed to touch the dresses at the time, but years later when creating textile work those memories stayed with him and this intricacy is evident in his work too.
Lindezey has always had a fascination with weddings, christenings and funerals, he refers to them as, ‘special occasional days’. He enjoys getting dressed up in a suit and tie and owns 8 suits, all of which have a story about where they were bought, by whom and for what occasions.
Much of his work in recent years has explored these themes with the main focus being on weddings and in particular wedding dresses, which he has made in fabric and then dipped in porcelain. This itself has been like a ceremony with Lindezey reciting the words of wedding ceremony he has been to whilst making.
In 2022 Horace is taking part in Narratives, the third in our pioneering ‘Conversations Series’, in which learning disabled artists work alongside emerging contemporary artists over several months, producing new work through an equal exchange of art and ideas. This current collaboration will result in an exhibition at The Lowry in January 2023.
How long have you been making art?
“For a long time, 30 years been making arts and crafts. Since a long time ago, in 1991”.
What are your favourite art materials to work with?
“I do mosaics, I like drawing pictures, wedding pictures. I do clay, I do embroidery, I like making clay plaques.”
What is your art about?
“I do all wedding pictures, and party pictures. I do suits, I do churches. I do my train book with James, I’m doing pictures of trains I see on films.”
What or who inspires your art?
“Coming to Venture Arts inspires me. Ascot inspired me, I see them on telly, horses running, ladies in their best clothes, that inspired me.”
Why is art important to you?
“Because I come to Venture Arts to learn and study. I don’t want to stay in the house all the time. I feel good here.”
What is your proudest moment at Venture Arts?
“Doing speeches with Amanda. I like doing speeches with Amanda. And having my art in galleries, it’s been in the Lowry, in People’s History Museum, in HOME. It makes me feel proud, I am an artist.”
Completely A Hustling Place, Manchester Central Library, 2021.
London Art Fair 2021 (exhibiting with Outside In), online, 2021.
The Manchester Open, HOME Manchester, 2020.
PERSPECTIVES, various Greater Manchester venues, 2018.
HEY CLLAY PRRIVATE VIEW, Venture Arts, 2018.
Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making, National touring Exhibition by Craftspace & Outside In 2016-2017.
OutsiderXchanges Exhibition, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2016.
OutsiderXchanges ,The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios, 2016.
International Summit for Learning Disabled Artists, Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow, 2015.
MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, Manchester, 2015.
The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays, 2014.
Articulate, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays, 2013.