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About Ken Turner

Born in India in 1926 Ken came to the UK to be educated at the age of 10.

Very early in his life he knew he wanted to be an artist and he had learned most of the art colleges course before he applied to be a student, setting the character of his whole life as a highly independent artist, writer, film maker and co-founder of Action Space.

Ken Turner and his wife Mary Turner founded Action Space in 1968, Action Space used large inflatable sculptures to create interventions into public spaces. By bringing together artists, performers, dancers, painters and musicians, the movement sought to produce cultural democratic spaces for art, education and creative play outside of the restrictive space of the gallery system. This film looks at those years between 1968 and 1978, exploring contemporary and pertinent issues around public/private space, individual/collective creativity, community and responsibility, emancipation and play. It features archive footage alongside discussions with key members of the movement, present-day writers and theorists. The film is based around the making of a new inflatable sculpture within which contemporary performances and happenings are staged. More information from the Director Huw Wahl here

Ken is Cornwall's Picasso. His works stand out from anyone else working today in St.Ives. He is an outstanding member of the Newlyn Society of Artists lead by his wide ranging philosophical readings and insightful published writings.