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Turps Banana

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/ One year on....


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 conversation and debate, through discourse and practice. Advancing individual development during an 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 are now open for Admissions in October 2018 Click here for more info

Correspondence Course Applications now open for Admissions in October 2018 Click here for more info

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25th November 2013

One year on....

The Studio Programme's first year ended in August 2013, with a final show from the fifteen painters who completed the year at Vigo Gallery in London's West End and V22, Workspace in Bermondsey. The Turps Studio is relocating and the next studio programme will begin at a new location in South East London in freshly refurbished studio space in September 2014.

The Correspondence Course has continued with over half the initial participants choosing to opt for a second year. They are joined by sixteen new painters on this unique mentoring programme.

We will be opening applications for a limited number of places on the Studio Programme, starting in September 2014 in the late spring.

We will also be announcing an Open Day at the new Turps Studio in the Spring.

Please sign up to our mailing list for further details about applications to either of these programmes and future open days

For further information please email