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Stephen Turner's Exbury Egg in Thamesmead

Date: Saturday 6 July 2019 to Monday 6 July 2020

Address: Lakeside Centre Southmere Lake Complex 2 Bazalgette Way (formerly Belvedere Road) Thamesmead SE2 9AN

We're pleased to welcome Stephen Turner and his famous Exbury Egg to their new Thamesmead site, the Lakeside Centre, as part of a partnership project with Fondazione Bevilacqua la Massa in Venice for this year’s Biennale.

Photo © Nigel Rigden

Turner’s Exbury Egg – as featured on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces – was originally built in 2013 as a floating home to be situated on the Beaulieu River on the Exbury Estate, in which the artist would “live off the land” for a year. Turner, whose practice explores society’s increasingly dissonant relationship with nature, has since toured the Egg across the country, opening it to the public as an emblematic platform to inspire waterside communities to explore and reconnect with their local environments. The Egg’s mooring at Southemere Lake, Thamesmead will be her longest installation since Exbury. Its installation will form part of the launch of Bow Arts’ new Lakeside Centre, where Turner will be artist in residence across the summer. 

Photo © Alberto Romano

Turner’s retrospective exhibition Natura Prima? at Fondazione Bevilacqua la Massa opens with the 58th Venice Biennale, and launches his two twinned residencies in Giudecca, Venice – one of the last traditional Venetian communities – and Thamesmead, London. Turner will compare these two seemingly vastly different waterside communities, who in unique ways have both pitted human invention and ingenuity against incursion by the sea to sustain the presence of people. As the ‘Eggman’, the persona Turner has used throughout his Exbury Egg project, he will work with communities to reexamine their environments, exploring the impact and relationship between humans and nature.

Turner is working with Bow Arts studio artists Joseph Griffiths, Bhajan Hunjan, J D Swann (appearing courtesy of Calum F Kerr) and Dani Tagen to develop new artworks exploring our relationship with nature and place, at a time of great environmental change. These artists will use Turner's Exbury Egg to lead their own projects, each with opportunities for the communities of Thamesmead to take part. More can be found out about their projects here:

Joseph Griffiths | The Space Between

Bhajan Hunjan

J D Swann | Thamesmead Best Beaks


Winter Solstice Celebration
Sunday December 22nd
2pm - 5pm

Everyone is invited to welcome in the Winter on the shortest day of the year, with a special celebration in Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg with story-telling.

Sit beside the fire under candle light, toasting marshmallows; enjoy a warming drink of Eggnog (skim milk, cream & egg yolk) or mulled (non-alcoholic) wine and other seasonal nibbles whilst listening to tales of nature in Thamesmead for all the family.

The Exbury Egg will have decorations made in response to the local environment (you are welcome to donate or lend your own favourite small objects to add to the effect).

With Eggman Stephen Turner and greenspace storyteller Rich Sylvester, this is a free neighbourly event for everyone.

Access Information

Lakeside Centre has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet and 1st and 2nd floors/rooftop (via lift) and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.

Accessible parking is available on-site, limited to two spaces however Bazelgette Way offers free parking.  Or come by train as the studios are located only a 10-minute walk from Abbey Wood Station.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email or call 020 8980 774 (Ext. 1)

Travel information

Address: Lakeside Centre, London, SE2 9AN
Nearest station(s): Abbey Wood
Bus: 117, 180, 229, 401, 472, 601, 602, 669, N1,
Parking: Limited on-site parking available.

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About Stephen Turner
Stephen Turner has an established reputation as an artist who engages with places and people, embedding himself in each place to explore the relationships between communities and location, with a specific focus upon the environment and our impact upon it and the people who live there. His work has taken him around the world, practicing and exhibiting internationally across Canada, from Kyoto in Japan to Sturovo, Slovakia and Roeselare, Belgium to Edinburgh, Sunderland and London.