Stephen Turner's practice is concerned with aspects of time and the dialectics of transience and permanence. His work often involves spending long periods in odd abandoned places, noting the changes in the complex relationship between people and the natural environment. His projects are rooted in research, which explore these themes in a variety of media. Stephen's previous works includes installations for Turner Contemporary in Margate, Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art in Northamptonshire and The Bridge Guard, Residential Art & Science Centre on the Danube Bend in Štúrovo, Slovakia (2011-12).
Stephen Turner was in residence alone on the derelict searchlight tower of the Shivering Sands Seafort for 36 days from 4 August until 9 September 2005, a time period corresponding to a tour of duty in the fort during WWII. The Seafort Project was an artistic exploration of isolation, investigating how one's experience of time and place changes in isolation, and what creative contemplation means in a twenty first century context. A fully illustrated book accompanied the project that includes material from Turner's time at the Fort, full colour photographs, an essay by Ian Hunt, and an interview with Turner by Rachel Lichtenstein (Stephen Turner-Seafort, Art Data, ISBN: 9780955457302). Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.