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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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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. 

The turps surgeries cost £150 per participant, booking on a first come first serve basis. 

Sessions will run:

November 3rd 2015: 10am - 2pm (six places)
November 4th 2015: 10am - 2pm (six places)
November 5th 2015: 10am - 2pm (six places)

The surgeries will take place in Turps Gallery, situtated within the Turps Studios, Taplow House, Thurlow Street, London SE17 2UQ

The Gallery will be open at 9.30am for participants to bring in their work, and the crits will begin at 10am with a short break for lunch during the session (Please bring your own packed lunch).

The mentoring team will vary for each session.

Booking essential. Email to book. First come, first serve basis.

one to ones.

In addition to the group sessions we have a very limited number of one to one tutorials available during this week in the afternoons and all day on Friday 6th November. One - to - One tutorials last approx 2 hours and cost £350. If you are interested in this option please contact for more details.