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Turps Banana

/ Art School

/ Open Day | 12th & 14th December 2014


12a -13a Taplow, Thurlow Street, London, SE17 2UQ

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 a rise in tuition fees on too many established fine art courses.

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.

Founded in 2012 based on these principles, Turps Art School has now relocated to premises within an exciting new studio and gallery development in South East London, just 10 minutes from Elephant and Castle.  From the Turps Studio we offer a one year studio programme, and run an online mentoring correspondence course.

Applications are now open for September 2015 on both the Correspondence and Studio Programmes. For information on how to apply please click below:

Studio Programme 2015 - 16

Correspondence Course 2015 - 16 (details to follow in November 2015)


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22nd November 2014

Open Day | 12th & 14th December 2014

The Turps Studio Programme is a unique  opportunity  for  a  select  group  of painters  take  up  residence  in their  own  dedicated studio within an  exciting  new  studio and  gallery 
development within the iconic Aylesbury Estate in South East London,  just  10 minutes  from  Elephant  and  Castle, and  embark  on  an  academic  year long…

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8th October 2014

Keith Coventry Donates Painting

TURPS Banana magazine is delighted to announce the relocation and reopening of its celebrated art school this September.

Established in 2012 by Marcus Harvey and Peter Ashton Jones, the TURPS Art School is unique in that it is wholly artist-led, totally independent and, most important of all, focusses exclusively on painting.
Marcus Harvey states: “Towards the end of 2013 we began the process of relocating the studio based…

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16th September 2014

In the news

This week we have two great responses to Turps Art School in the press, firstly from Charley Peters for a-nonline and today, Jonathan Jones for his Guardian Blog.


Enjoy. They both really get what we are doing.


Charley Peters for

Jonathan Jones for hisRead more…