The Suffolk landscape is all important to Annie Turner. More specifically the River Deben, where her family have lived for generations provides an important source of inspiration. It is from the Deben’s banks that Turner has collected fossilised sharks teeth, feathers and general fragments and detritus on innumerable walks, which she uses in her sculptures to create ‘objects that trigger the memory’. As much collective memory as personal recollection.
Her pieces encapsulate perfectly the broader landscape, while the texture and weather of this water land and the colour of the reflected sky are mirrored in the rich and varied textures of her sculptures.
Annie’s work has been widely exhibited around the world, including Galerie Handwerk in Munich, Galerie Helene Poree in Paris and at the European Triennial for Ceramics and Glass in Belgium. Annie’s work is collected by Museums and collectors internationally.
1958 Born Kent
Education: 1980 – 1983 MA Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London
1976 – 1979 BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design – Ceramics, Bristol Polytechnic, Bristol.
2017 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, Joanna Bird, London 2016 The New Arts Centre, Roche Court 2015 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, Joanna Bird, London 2014 Exhibition Ceramics and Photography Erskine Hall & Coe London 2013 Collect, Saatchi Gallery London. 2013 Ceramic Art London. R.C.A London 2012 Aneta and Annie, Exhibition Contemporary Ceramics Centre London. 2012 Collect, Saatchi Gallery London. 2012 Solo Exhibition Galerie Helene Poree Paris2011 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, represented by Joanna Bird Pottery; SOFA New York represented by Joanna Bird Pottery; Ceramic Art London, Lecture Series, ‘A River Runs Through It’ 2010 European Triennial for Ceramics and Glass, Belgium; Lecture series, Dulwich Picture Gallery London; Navigation, School House Gallery North Yorkshire; Modern British Potters, Goldmark Gallery Rutland; Contemporary Ceramics Galerie Besson, London 2009 Diverse Practices, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London; Vanguard Court Studios, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London; Confluence APT Gallery London 2008 SOFA Chicago, represented by Joanna Bird; Twenty Years,Twenty Pots, Galerie Besson London; Monochrome excellence in Grey Scale, Lund Gallery, North Yorkshire 2007 Hue Line and Form, Contemporary Applied Arts, London; River, Royal Birmingham Society for Artists, Birmingham (solo); Pathways, Garden Gallery, The Oxford Museum, Oxford 2006 Classic Contemporary Ceramics, Galerie Besson London; Keramic Symposium, Gumunden, Austria, (touring); Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London 2005 Contemporary Potters, Galerie Besson, London; Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London 2004 Annie Turner, Galerie Besson, London (Solo) SOFA, Chicago, represented by Galerie Besson, Invited Artist on the Lecture Programme sponsored by the Crafts Council 2000 Mixing It, Dartington Arts Centre, Dartington 1996 New Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London 1992 Aspects of Sculpture, Gallerie Handwerk, Munich 1989 Metaphor and Change, New British Ceramics, Geleerte für Englishe Karamik, Marianne Heller, Heidelberg
Shipley Art Gallery National Museum Of Wales, Cardiff State University Buffolo New York U.S.A – Annette Cravens The Grainer Collection U.S.A Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Victoria and Albert Museum