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Turps Banana

/ Art School

/ 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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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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19th November 2015

Open Days and Programme Applications

We will be posting information about Open Days to Turps Studios in South East London very soon, and opening applications for Turps Studio Programme and Correspondence Courses 2016/7.

After the success of the first round of Turps Surgeries we will be announcing a series of new dates for Feb/March 2016.

Watch this space and make sure you subscribe to our mailing list for more details.


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16th October 2015

turps surgeries


In response to requests from painters to take part in crits at Turps Studios we are launching our first series of turps surgeries.

group crits.

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

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25th August 2015

Turps Goes West

25 August - 1 September  2015
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am - 5pm
Exhibition closed on Monday Bank Holiday (31st August)

CLOSING PARTY: 1 September 2015, 6-9 pm 2015

Edel Assanti
74a Newman Street
W1T 3DB  London


Turps Banana is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition, ‘Turps Goes West’, a group exhibition of work by p…

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13th July 2015

Turps Studio Programme | End of year show

Turps Painters Studio Programme Open 15th and 16th July, by appointment. Email for details


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8th July 2015

Correspondence Course

Applications are being accepted for the Correspondence Course: October 2015 - September 2016


The programme, launched in 2012 has been hugely successful as a way to connect with another painter as a mentor, and form links with others on the course.

Over a year each participant enters into 5 correspondence points, including a 'group' crit half way through the programme.

For more details download the application details and programm…

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21st April 2015

Studio Programme Applications Open

Applications are now being accepted for places on the Turps Painting Studio Programme Sept 15 - July 16 

DEADLINE 1st May 2015

Based in our studios in London SE17, turps studio programme provides a dynamic structure for up to 20 painters of: mentoring, peerled learning, talks and visitors within an open studio environment, stimulating converstation and debate, through discourse and practice.

Advancing individual development turps s…

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10th March 2015

Interim Show

An opportunity to see an exhibition by the painters currently working on the Turps Studio Programme.  Turps Studio programme provides a dynamic structure of; mentoring, peer led learning, talks and visitors withing an open studio environment.

Sixteen painters are currently on the programme working at Turps Studio, First Floor Walkway, Units 10 - 13a Taplow, Thurlow Street, London SE17 2UQ.

The exhibition will be open from Thursday 19th March - Sunday 22nd March b…

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