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Stephen Turner’s work often involves spending long periods in odd abandoned places, noting changes in the complex relationship between human-made and natural environments. His projects are rooted in research, which explores these themes in a variety of media. Disciplinary boundaries are challenged through a creative practice that involves sampling, collecting, annotating, editing and merging of environmental data with other more subjective investigations into the distinctiveness and particularity of place.

The Exbury Egg project builds upon the Stephen’s previous work which includes installations for Turner Contemporary in Margate, Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art in Northamptonshire and recently for The Bridge Guard, Residential Art & Science Centre on the Danube Bend in Štúrovo, Slovakia (2011-12)

He was a part of the Third World Water Conference in Kyoto, Japan in 2003, exhibiting 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. Stephen was producer and lead artist for Four Shores (2005 - 2006), a series of artist walks and commsisions for the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. His Seafort Project from 2005 was reprised in the group exhibition Estuary (2013) at the Museum of London Docklands. In 2009 he curated Resonance & Renewal, Shipbulding in the Clyde for The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, presenting the eight vast canvases by Stanley Spencer, depicting the Lithgow Shipyard in Glasgow in partnership with the Imperial War Museum and National Maritime Museum, London.

You can read and contribute to his current ongoing blog for the everything comes from the egg here:

An extensive history of Stephen's original residency in Exbury which explores and documents his performative activity, ephemeral and site specific artworks is available on his blog as the Beaulieau Beadle:

Interview with Stephen Turner about Seafort at 1.52 min
Documentary on Seafort


  • Stephen Turner, Seafort Project, 2005
  • Stephen Turner, Grotta
  • Stephen Turner, Artists Impression Exbury Egg location, watercolour on board, 475mm x 530mm, 2013
  • Stephen Turner, Artists Impression of Exbury Egg interior, watercolour on board, 740mm x 1000mm, 2013
  • Stephen Turner, Pastel Stick No 1 in box, from found flotsam, 110mm x 75mm x 40mm, 2013
  • Stephen Turner, Pastel Stick No 2, from found flotsam in box, 110mm x 75mm x 40mm, 2013
  • Stephen Turner, Exbury Salt, 251gms of salt from 20 litres of river water, Limited Edition 1 of 2, 2014
  • Stephen Turner, egg made from Mollusc shells, 2014
  • Stephen Turner, egg shaped drilled into post (Exbury), 2014
  • Stephen Turner, Label for Nettle Conserve, 2014
  • Stephen Tunrer, studio portrait, Photo: Julie Turner

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