8 ways to get involved with Stephen Turner's Exbury Egg

In May 2017 Stephen Turner's Exbury Egg continued it's odyssey to Portsmouth, docking in Gunwharf Quays. 

The arrival of the Exbury Egg marks the beginning of the gallery's Summer programme of exhibitions, artist events and workshops!

Read below to find out more about Stephen Turner's Exbury Egg, and how you can get involved.


Image courtesy of Claire Sambrook (here).


1. Visit the Egg

Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg is located in Gunwharf Quays' central pond, City Quay, as a monumental sculptural presence until September 2017.

The Exbury Egg is a wooden egg-shaped sculpture in which the artist lived and worked for over a year through 2013 and 2014.

During Turner’s long residencies in Hampshire and Lancashire, the exposed sculptural form of the Egg has become bleached by the sun, scoured by wind and rain and accrued algae and barnacles.


2. Share your visit with your friends!

Use the hashtag #ExburyEggPortsmouth when uploading photos of Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg to Twitter and Instagram. The top three pictures will be selected for a chance to win a £10.00 or £20.00 gift voucher to Aspex’s Shop!

Deadline: Monday 21 August 2017


Image courtesy of Haley Storey (AboutMyArea Portsmouth) with artist Stephen Turner (here).

3. Enjoy the exhibition

A month after the Egg is installed in the quay, the exhibition, ‘Everything Comes from the Egg’ will open at Aspex.

This offers visitors an opportunity to see the range of artworks, ephemera and documentation, Stephen has made and collected over the course of the project.

This is a comprehensive exhibition comprising drawings, prints, photographs, found objects, works on paper, sculptures and video made by Turner over the last four years.

The exhibition comes to Aspex from 16 June - 3 September 2017.

4. Attend the exhibition launch

The gallery's regular artist events take place on the third Thursday of every month. On May's #ThirdThursdays the exhibition, ‘Everything Comes from the Egg’ will officially open!

The exhibition will be launched by project patrons Nicholas and Caroline de Rothschild, and Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Ken Ellcome will also be in attendance.


Image courtesy of Adrian Mundy (here). 


5. Learn more about the artist’s practice

On Sunday 23 July (2pm), Caroline Collier, Director of Partnerships & Programmes at Tate, will lead an in-depth Q&A with Stephen Turner, discussing his artistic practice.

Tickets are just £4.00 per person. This includes a hot drink and delicious slice of cake courtesy of our cafe partners Lily & Lime LD!

Booking is available via our Eventbrite page (click here), or on the door!

6. Experience the art of cyanotypes and fine art drawing

There's something for everyone at Aspex! The gallery will be hosting a new range of adult workshops, two of which take inspiration from the Exbury Egg.

On Sunday 2 July, artist and educator Russell Squires will lead an introductory session, learning about the cyanotype printing process! This workshop will explore the traditional technique of UV/Sun printing, used to create the famous Prussian blue prints.

On Sunday 6 August, fine artist Tanya Wood will lead 'An Introduction to Drawing'! Build confidence, skills and knowledge and begin drawing what you see in and around the gallery and Gunwharf Quays itself (weather permitting!).

These hands-on sessions are suitable for all abilities. Click here to further details on cyanotypes, and here for fine art drawing. 

7. As always, there’s something for all of the family…

All Summer the gallery's free Family Saturdays workshop will be themed around the Exbury Egg and Stephen's practice.

These weekly workshops take place from 11am - 1pm, led by a range of local artists. There's also no need to book!

Local artist Sadie Tierney will also be running a special printing session on Saturday 17 June, as part of Children's Art Week with Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.


Image courtesy of Perry Winter (here).


8. ... particularly during the Summer Holidays!

Earlier this year the gallery announced a new range of Holiday Art Clubs. The firm Portsmouth favourites offer young budding artists the chance to enjoy and experiment with a wide range of artistic techniques!

These day-long workshops cost just £18.00 per child. Read more about the workshops here.

You can find out more about this exhibition, and others, on the What's On section of our website.