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Turps Banana

/ Art School

/ Applications Open


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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16th January 2013

Applications Open

Turps Art School  - Founded September 2012

Turps Art School opened its doors on 24th September 2012 with a 12 month Painters Studio Programme. The studio provides fifteen painters with the rarified opportunity to work together in an intensive environment, supported by an ever present mentoring scheme, and a rich and varied programme of on and off site artist talks, lectures, tutorials and events. A month later the correspondence course began and provides a vital mentor led online learning environment for artists to develop their work with critical dynamic feedback on a regular basis.

Artists who have already been involved with the Turps Art School Programme include: Alex Katz, Matthew Collings, Merlin James, Chantal Joffe, Carole Rhodes, Peter Doig....

Mentors on the 2012/13 Painters Studio Programme are Colin Smith, Dan Coombs, Anne Ryan. Overseen by Marcus Harvey and Peter Ashton Jones.

Mentors on the 2012/13 Correspondence Course are Covadonga Valdes, Phil Allen, Katrina Blannin, David Leeson, Phil Allen and Peter Ashton Jones. Overseen by Marcus Harvey and Peter Ashton Jones

Applications are now open for both programmes