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Turps Banana

/ Art School

/ Keith Coventry Donates Painting


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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 programme to new premises. We now have an excellent space on a long lease, enabling us to satisfy the demand for places on our extremely popular and competitive studio programme.”

The re-launch is being given an extra boost by the British artist Keith Coventry, who has donated one of his celebrated Estate Paintings to the school. The work, which will be on display at the gallery at Shapero Rare Books on 32 St George Street, Mayfair, is to be sold to raise funds to develop the programmes offered by TURPS, including a new scholarship and residency fund.


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