A giant egg has been causing a stir in Thamesmead, as artist Stephen Turner, floats his award winning Exbury Egg on the iconic Southmere Lake this month as part of his international project, Natura Prima? The Eggman, Riverine Communities: Venice and Thamesmead.
Having featured on popular channel 4 show: George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, the Egg, suitably located near the newly refurbished Lakeside Centre – owned by housing association, Peabody; will help the local community explore the idea of our unsustainable relationship with the natural world via free workshops, open days and exhibitions, beginning in August and programmed intermittently until July 2020.
The first four workshops planned for August will be led by JD Swann, a leading Ornithological Investigator, on Saturday 17, 24, 31 and Sunday 8 September from 12pm to 6pm. JD Swann will present interactive workshops asking, 'What are the characteristics of the ‘typical’ Thamesmead bird?' You can decide on your favourite beak, head, neck, body, wings, tail feathers, legs and feet and make collages from their images. Workshops are suitable for all ages and children must be supervised by a responsible adult.
Adriana Marques, Head Of Thamesmead Cultural Strategy, said: “We’re excited to have the Egg on Southmere Lake as part of our cultural programme in Thamesmead. A home is more than just bricks and mortar – it’s culture and creating a place where people want to live, can lay down roots and be connected with their community.”
Stephen Turner, Bow Arts Trust artist in residence, said: “I like the idea that we are all part of nature and that we can all benefit by listening to what it has to say. I’ll be working with four local artists to take on different themes inspired by the idea that everything living comes from the egg - looking for what connects us to nature and to each other.
We aim to use the Egg for related meetings, conversations, and exhibitions throughout the year. The inside of the Egg, which I used to live in, previously had a kitchen, shower room, work area and bed but it’s been stripped back to an empty shell to better accommodate this. We want the inside of the Egg to begin to tell new stories about life in Thamesmead.”
There will be a special morning tea in the Egg on Saturday 17 August from 10am - 11.45am where Stephen Turner will share a few stories from life in the Egg. If you would like to come along, you can drop in to say hello.
Stephen Turner’s Egg will be floating on Southmere Lake until 14 August. After that it will egg-iting the Lake and making its new home within the grounds of the newly refurbished Lakeside Centre, which has 40 artists spaces, until July 2020.
During this time Stephen will be working with artists Joseph Griffiths, Bhajan Hunjan, J D Swann (appearing courtesy of Calum F Kerr) and Dani Tagen, who all live locally in Bow Arts tethered housing
Natura Prima? The Eggman, Riverine Communities: Venice and Thamesmead is presented in association with La Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy; Bow Arts, London, England; 51zero, Kent, England and The Artists Agency, England and is financially supported by Bow Arts and public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.