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Stephen Turner's Exbury Egg comes to Thamesmead

Saturday, July 6, 2019 to Monday, July 6, 2020
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.


Saturday 17 August, 9:45-11:45am, FREE

The Egg will be open to visitors to come and share stories with the Eggman about life in the Egg. Take part in the 'Thamesmead's Best Beaks' workshop with J D Swann, who will be making an egglet from the feathers of swans and will have a fragment of DODO shell to show visitors.

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 ststaion(s): Abbey Wood
Bus: 117, 180, 229, 401, 472, 601, 602, 669, N1,
Parking: Limited on-site parking available.

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