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/ Archive - November 2018


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 off site mentoring programme is a new programme aimed at painters based in London who want to receive mentoring whilst remaining in their own studios.

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 2019-20 Applications Now Open. Click here for more info. 

Correspondence Course 2019 - 20 Applications now open for Admissions in October 2019 Click here for more info


Off Site Studio Programme 2019 - 20 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 c…

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15th November 2013

Cloud Chambers / Mayor Parlour Gallery

Correspondence Course 2013-14 is well under way!


If you want to catch works by a cohort who undertook last years programme get down to The Mayor's Parlour in Bow, before December 4th 2013. If you go at the weekend you'll be able to talk to one or two of the painters, who will be in the gallery.

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9th July 2013

Art School



Interviews are exhausting. But rewarding. We have seen a lot of painters over the last couple of weeks and we now have to make a decision who to take.

You could say we are spoilt for choice and that is what makes what comes next difficult.


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8th May 2013

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9th April 2013

Moving Times

Turps Art School will be relocating this Autumn. For updates and further details subscribe to our newletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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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 …

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