Stephen Turner, Giudecca Egg – ex Convento SS Cosma e Damiano, Giudecca, Venezia, 2019, donated and salvaged waste plastic from Giudecca and surrounding lagoon, 9.4m x 8.2m,temporary Installation,16 April 2019


Natura Prima? Stephen Turner

The Eggman, Riverine Communites: Venice and Thamesmead

Stephen Turner – AKA the Eggman – is delighted to announce the launch of his international project Natura Prima? with a major solo exhibition at Fondazione Bevilacqua la Massa during the 58th la Biennale di Venezia. As well as showcasing 17 years of work the exhibition launches residencies with two contrasting waterside communities – in Giudecca, Venice with Fondazione Bevilacqua La Massa and Thamesmead, London in partnership with Bow Arts. The project epitomises the themes that have run through Stephen’s work ever since he lived for a year in the Exbury Egg in 2014: what is our relationship with nature and what footprints do we leave behind?

Natura Prima? 11 May – 26 July 2019. Preview: 8, 9, 10 May 2019 Opening event: 18.00h – 20.00h Wednesday 8 May 2019, Istituzione Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Dorsodurro 2826 Venice

Exbury Egg & Artist Residency: 20 May 2019 – 31 April 2020, Bow Arts, Lakeside Centre, Thamesmead, London SE2 9AN

Stephen comments “In an urban 21st century world where we are increasingly disconnected from nature I wanted to use this ancient archetypal symbol to nurture re-enchantment with the natural world, as a step toward a sustainable future”