Lorenzo Belenguer is an artist and an arts manager. Having founded the Rogues Gallery, an artists’ group which exhibited in vacant shops, he then went on to successfully run the Brent Artists Resource for five years, developing a close working relationship with its Board of Directors.
Lorenzo has been involved in numerous arts projects, with funding from the Arts Council, Awards for All, Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund with many projects recommended by the BBC, The Guardian and Timeout magazine to their viewer and readership as part of their exhibitions must sees for London.
His projects have had impact on and generated involvement from within the community. He ran the photographic project “Willesden Green High Road at The Gallery” in which a group of artists archived and documented the High Road with photographs and a video. This project trained people in documenting their local heritage. He co-managed with Susan Roberts from the Bridging Arts, a "Stitch in Time" with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Through a series of workshops, talks and visits to various places, the project produced a series of textile panels forming a lasting testimonial to the experience and heritage of women in the early 21st century. A “Stitch in Time” had a high visual impact and communicated with people across different religious, cultural and racial groups and gave women a much needed creative platform for their views, hopes, aspirations and experiences as well as a chance to learn sewing skills that are no longer typically taught in schools but which are an important part of the heritage of this country.
Lorenzo as a practising artist transforms metal objects into sculptures that evolve from the visual rhetoric of Minimalism and double as ‘canvases’. Belenguer is like a hunter who trawls the city for found objects, sometimes sourced as locally as the back garden of the studios' church. This use of found objects can also be seen metaphorically in his series of drawings based on fashion adverts. Within this series he finds and focuses on the individual within those fashion adverts. These drawings were selected for a group show at the Tate Modern in May 2010.
Lorenzo Belenguer - Lead Artist