In Milton Keyens, Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg has been refloated on the Grand Union Canal in Stanton Low Park, where Stephen Turner continues his investigation of places and communities. The Egg will host an exhibition of Stephens artworks, as an installation which references its previous journeys from Exbury through Burnley and London.
Stephen will be exploring the local environment surrounding the Egg’s location and be in residence for part of this time, offering a range of participation opportunities for local people to engage with him, such as an artist’s walk and talk as well as issuing personal invitations to take ‘Tea in the Egg’. These are special chances to enjoy conversation and to tune into thinking around contemporary life and our shared responsibility to care for nature.
On Monday 8 May Stephen’s Egg will slowly progress from its location at Stanton Low Park a half mile east to a new mooring at Great Linford on land adjoining the Milton Keynes Arts Centre, where additional artwork about the Egg created by Stephen will be on display from Wednesday 10 May – Sunday 14 May in the Old Schoolhouse. These works cross-over from visual art to contemporary craft, embracing carpentry, dyeing, food production, pastel and ink making, photography, video and drawing. 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.