Stephen Turner’s practice is concerned with aspects of time and the dialectics of transience and permanence. His work often involves spending long periods in odd abandoned places, noting the changes in the complex relationship between people and the natural environment. His projects are rooted in research, which explore these themes in a variety of media.
His work includes installations for Turner Contemporary in Margate, Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland and Fermynwoods Contemporary Art in Northamptonshire.
He was a part of the Third World Water Conference in Kyoto, Japan in 2003 when he exhibited at the Honen-in Temple and later at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Toyota. Tree Rings for Stour Valley Arts studied the ecologies of different species of tree during a twelve-month residence at Kingswood Kent in 2004.
For Stephen Turner's Exbury Egg, through 2013 and 2014 Stephen was commissioned by Space Placemaking and Urban Design to work with architects PAD Studio to develop a workspace to the artists original concept for the Beaulieu River on the Exbury Estate, Hampshire. In Exbury the Egg was developed as an artwork and as a place to stay and work in a laboratory/studio for the creative study of the life of a tidal creek. It took on the patina of the daily tides and over 18 months of weathering by wind, rain and bleaching by the sun.
everything comes from the egg, is a major tour of the Exbury Egg and associated art works which started in 2016. Stephen has completed a long residency with Super Slow Way in Burnley where he engaged with the local community around Finsley Gate. The exhibition at Trinity Tour Wharf in London is also concluded where Stephen undertook a brief residency engaging with communities along the River Lee and around Bow Creek. The Exbury Egg will be relocated into the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes in May 2017 and the exhibition continues to Aspex Gallery and Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, and the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings through 2017. The tour is funded by Canal & River Trust, Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, Super Slow Way, Gunwharf Quays, Jerwood Gallery, Milton Keynes Council and the National Lottery through Arts Council England. For full details please visit www.everythingcomesfromtheegg.com.