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Turps Banana

/ Art School

/ Turps Goes West


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 Closed for 2018.

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

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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 painters on the Turps Studio Programme 2014-15.

The Turps Studio Programme is an artist-led painting programme. With a supported studio environment, peer-led learning, talks and visitors together with dedicated mentors, it provides painter’s with a period of time to refocus and reengage with their work.

The sixteen painters showing at Edel Assanti are the most recent to complete the programme working together in the Turps studios beneath the brutalist towers of Taplow House, part of South London’s iconic Aylesbury Estate.

Artists exhibiting are, Lesley Blakelock, India Dewar, David Edmond, Roisin Fogarty, Adam Hennessey, Norman Hyams, Benjamin Jamie, Adam Kelly, Dale Lewis, Fiona Long, Jessie Makinson, Mateusz Odrobny, Paige Perkins, Richard Reid and Jonathan Stubbs, Nadine Talalla.

Turps painters would like to thank everyone at Edel Assanti Gallery, TBurnsArts and ARTNAKED for their generosity and support of Turps Goes West.

Turps Studio Programme will be accepting applications for 2016 – 17 in January 2016. Turps Correspondence Course is currently accepting applications for Oct 2015 – August 2016. Deadline 30th August 2015.
More details available at


Notes to Editors

About Turps:

Turps Painting Magazine was founded in 2005, by Marcus Harvey and Peter Ashton Jones. The magazine is based on the simple remit of painters talking about painting. The Studio Programme and Correspondence Course were introduced in 2013 as an extension of the ethos developing in the magazine.

The Studio Programme is run by Marcus Harvey and Phil Allen. Mentors and visiting artists for 2015 – 16 include Dan Coombs, Alastair Mackinven, Anne Ryan, Lisa Milroy, Ansel Krut, Neal Tait, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Simon Bill, Ryan Mosley, Prof David Rayson, Emma Talbot, Milena Dragicevic, Alison Katz.

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Tani Burns at TBurnsArts
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