For Super Slow Way, Stephen Turner and his Exbury Egg were located between April and November 2016 at Finsley Gate, Burnley. Stephen worked closely with the Burnley Wood Community Centre. Below are images from the residency, as documented by a number of local photographers, including David Redfern and Samantha Walsh, as well as a number of Stephen's posters. Stephen works in a range of media, including video, performance, scupture, drawing and painting. Images below show the Exbury Egg in different locations, with different prople, along with a selection of artworks which will feature in the exhibitions. In Burnley, Stephen lived and worked alongside local people, learning with them about Finsley Gate and it's history. Much of Stephen's engagement was informal, but there were a number of formal visits, events and activities which Stephen undertook with a range of different groups.
Stephen comments "I initially worked closely with the BWCC before also engaging more directly with neighbours on the streets surrounding the Egg. The focus was on deepening understanding of the particularity of place through seasonal and social engagements on site, with the Egg as a welcoming symbol that could nurture conversations around ideas of home and the interconnection of nature and inspire an ambition for change. I felt it was important to develop and design my own posters, write personal letters and produce locally 'branded' notecards to share with potential visitors to a site where as the 'Egg Man', I became a sort of caretaker of this neglected ground on behalf of the widest community."
Working with communities along the canal from Blackburn to Pendle, Super Slow Way is delivering an ambitious programme comprised of local, national and international artists in a series of commissioned and community-based residencies. It will bring art to a space where time slows down, to look afresh at how people live their fast-paced lives and how they relate to their environment, neighbourhoods and to each other. Super Slow Way aims to explore what art is and what it means to the people of Pennine Lancashire. Super Slow Way is here to experiment, debate and show how it can transform lives and places. Find out more about their work with communities on the Super Slow Way projects page: www.superslowway.org.uk/projects
everything comes from the egg is the touring exhibition of Stephen Turner's Exbury Egg and a wide range of new artworks developed and made by Stephen Turner while he was located and worked amongst communities in Exbury and subsequently in Burnley, London, Milton Keynes, Portsmouth and Hastings through 2016 and 2017. The Exbury Egg was originally located for over twelve months on the Beaulieu River in the care of The Exbury Estate through 2013 and 2014.
everything comes from the egg now tours to venues in England through 2017, including, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London - reaching out to communities around the River Lee, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (where the Exbury Egg will be located in Gunwharf Quays) and Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. The tour reflects and develops upon Turner’s original performative relationship with the Egg as a stage for events that embrace the concept that "everything comes from the egg" (Ex Ovo Omnia, William Harvey 1651) and relocates the Exbury Egg and Stephen's practice within four different public visual arts contexts for further explorations and the development of new artworks. These new local contexts are explored by Stephen through residencies as he develops new works, interacting with a wide range of people and communities along urban canals, within a shopping center and by the seaside.
Future exhibition tour dates:
Trinity Buoy Wharf, London: 13 January - 29 January 2017
Grand Union Canal, Milton Keynes: 3 April - 14 May 2017
Aspex & Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth: 16 June - 3 September 2017
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings: 16 September - 15 October 2017
Stephen's original blog for the Exbury Egg and his residency in Exbury through 2013-14 is here: www.exburyegg.me
everything comes from the egg is financially supported by Canal & River Trust, Gunwharf Quays, Superslowway, Jerwood Gallery, Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
everything comes from the egg (and the original Exbury Egg project) could not have been possible without the continuing support of Nicholas and Caroline de Rothschild and the Exbury Estate.
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