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Turps Banana

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/ OPEN DAYS and Open Call for Applications


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 open for Admissions in October 2018 Click here for more info

Correspondence Course Applications now open for Admissions in October 2018 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 Programme September 2016 – July
2017, based at Turps Art School, 12a Taplow, Thurlow Street, London SE17 2UQ. It is a
unique opportunity for a select group of painters take up residence in their own dedicated
studio within an exciting studio and gallery development in South East London, just 10
minutes from Elephant and Castle, and embark on an academic year long programme of
intensive mentoring, dynamic group seminars, talks and lectures. Culminating in a group
exhibition in London in 2017.

Mentors and Visitors in previous years have included:

Marcus Harvey, Phillip Allen, Phil King, Dan Coombs, Andrea Medjesi Jones, Anne Ryan, Neal Tait, Lisa Milroy, Andrew Grassie, Matthew Collings, Alex Katz, Merlin James, Nigel Cooke, Simon Bill , Alison Katz, Milena Dragicevic, Sarah Dwyer, David Rayson, Ansel Krut, Alastair Mackinven, Peter Dickinson and many more..



Turps Correspondence Course: Sept 2016 - August 2017

Applications are now open for the Correspondence Course for Painters starting in
September 2016. The correspondence course is an innovative project giving painters a
critical perspective and challenging insight into their practice, wherever they are, in the
form of quarterly appraisals.

Running over 11 months, participants will engage in a two way process during which time
they will present works, and in turn receive feedback from a dedicated mentor and the
wider tutorial team at Turps Art School.

2016 Mentors include:

Phillip Allen, Covadonga Valdes, Jennifer Coates, Sofia Silva, Colin Smith, David Leeson, Philip King, Katrina Blannin...