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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 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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8th March 2016

Spring Surgeries

We are pleased to announce a new series of Turps Surgeries for Spring 2016.

group crits.

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

The turps surgeries cost £150 per participant / session.

Dan Coombs and Geraldine Swayne: Monday April 4th, 1pm - 5pm. (five places)
Neal Tait and to be confirmed:  Wednesday April 6th : 1pm - 5pm (five places)
Katrina Blannin and Philip Allen : Wednesday May 11th : 1pm - 5pm (five places)
Matthew Collings and Emma Biggs: Wednesday May 25th : 1pm - 5pm (five 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 12noon  for participants to bring in their work, and the crits will begin at 1pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

Current participants on Turps Correspondence Course receive a 10% discount.

one to ones.

In addition to the group sessions we offer One to One Tutorials with painters who form part of our core mentoring team. If you are interested in this option please contact for more details.