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Turps Banana

/ Art School


3a,10a -13a Taplow, Thurlow Street, London, SE17 2UQ (directions here)

Turps Editors had long held the view that an artist led painting programme, a supported studio,  could flourish in a climate where there is growing disquiet about the quality of painting tuition, inadequate tutorial input and isolation in traditional studio set ups.

In 2012 it was time to respond to this in much the same way that a painting magazine run by practicing painters has fulfilled a need for many painters with a desire for intellectual stimulus and focus in this area. 

turps studio programme provides a dynamic structure of: mentoring, peerled learning, talks and visitors within an open studio environment.

Stimulating converstation and debate, through discourse and practice. Advancing individual development during and intensive and supported one year programme.

turps correspondence course is a one to one responsive year long programme of online mentoring. Offering an opportunity to reconnect and reinvigorate participants practice, on an international platform.

turps surgeries are an opportunity for painters to access individual and group tutorials at turps studios. Discussion and debate in a small intensive crit environment led by turps mentoring painters. For more details sign up to our mailing list or email


Studio Programme  Applications will open in November for 2017

Correspondence Course Applications accepted until 31st August 2016.

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23rd June 2016


Congratulations to Turps Painters Ben Jamie, Roisin Fogarty and Gareth Kemp for being shortlisted for the John Moores Prize 2016, further congratulations to Ben Jamie for being one of the five prize winners.

Congratulations to Jessie Makinson and Suzy Willey for being shortlisted for the Marmite Prize 2016, and further congratulations to Jessie Makinson for being awarded the overall Marmite Prize 2016.

And congratulations to Dale Lewis for his final show as part of th…

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8th March 2016

Spring Surgeries

We are pleased to announce a new series of Turps Surgeries for Spring 2016.

group crits.

Each session will consist of up to five participants who will be able to bring work to Turps and take part in a group crit together. The sessions will be led by mentoring painters from the correspondence and studio programmes along with guest painters.

The turps surgeries cost £150 per participant / session.

Dan Coombs and Geraldine Swa…

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9th December 2015

OPEN DAYS and Open Call for Applications

Turps Studios Open Days:

Saturday 6th February 11am - 1pm
Monday 8th February 2pm - 4pm

Register your interest by sending an email to

We are now accepting applications for the following programmes:

Turps Painting Studio Programme: Sept 2016 - July 2017

Applications are now open for the Painting Studio Prog…

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