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Turps Banana


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22nd November 2017

Turps Gallery is an exhibition space.  The gallery ethos echoes that of Turps magazine whereby painters curate exhibitions that reflect the energy, range and diversity within contemporary painting practice.

For more information visit the gallery website at


Recent Exhibitions:


NÄCHT UND TRAUME 9 September - 4th October 2017


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18th July 2017

Summer Party

The Gallery will be showing work by some of the Painters on the Turps Studio Programme 2016-18 this weekend, as well as launching Turps Painting Magazine #18 on Saturday 22nd July.

The Studios and Gallery will be open 12 noon and the bar opens at 5pm.

The Gallery will then be closed until September 2017.


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8th March 2016

End Game

Aly Helyer | Sigrid Holmwood | Benjamin Senior | Emma Talbot
Curated by Caterina Lewis

Exhibition runs: 5th - 26th March 2016                            
Artist talk chaired by Sacha Craddock: 19th March 5pm

The term ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ was coined by the dramatist and writer Martin Esslin in referen…

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11th February 2016

First Year Painting Programme Interim Show

19th - 21st February

Katie Brookes
Maj-Gret Gaupas
Athene Greig
Anna Jung Seo
Mari Kolbeinson
Stephanie Maeseele
Scott McCracken
Coll McDonnell
Nadja Plein
Tim Ralston
Mel Scott
Jenny Smith
Sharon Swaine
Rhys Trussler

The studios will also be open for visitors to look around and after the success of our Open Days we invite prospective painters to co…

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27th January 2016

Interim Shows Painting Studio Programme

Two Exhibitions in the gallery showcasing work by painters on the studio programme.

5-7th February 

Roisin Fogarty
David Edmond
Paige Perkins
India Dewar
Jonathan Stubbs
Ben Jamie
Jessie Makinson
Fiona Long
Norman Hyams
Nadine Talalla

19th - 21st February

Katie Brookes
Maj-Gret Gaupas
Athene Greig
Anna Jung Seo

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23rd November 2015

John Wilkins Artist Talk

Turps would like to invite you to the latest discussion on contemporary painting. An informal talk between the current artist showing at Turps John Wilkins and the painter Juan Bolivar.

Turps Banana, 12a -13a Taplow, Thurlow Street, London, SE17 2UQ (corner of East Street and Thurlow Street - walk up the ramp; 1st floor).

For further information contact the gallery:
+44 (0)7866 94661

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21st April 2015

Tutti Frutti

Carla Busuttil | Graham Crowley | Kaye Donachie | Tim Ellis | Nick Goss | John Greenwood | Erin Lawlor | George Little | Katrin Mäurich | Charley Peters | Audrey Reynolds | Daniel Sturgis | Richard Wathen | James White

Opening: 24th April 2015 6.30pm

Turps Banana painting magazine will launch its new exhibition space at the Aylesbury Estate in South East London, the inaugural show organised by Katrina Blannin, Juan Bolivar and Caterina Lewis.

The gal…

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15th September 2014

Artists Newsletter Review of Correspond

Correspond, 19 painters on the Turps Correspondence Course took over the Turps Studio for one week. Here's what Charley Peters thought

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23rd August 2014


Private view; 6 - 9pm Friday 5 September
Exhibition open daily 11am – 6pm, 5 - 11 September
Turps Art School
Unit 12a - 13a Taplow House, Thurlow Street, London SE17 2UQ

Nearest tube Elephant & Castle 15-20 minute walk or jump on a 136 bus towards Grove Park or 343 bus towards New
Cross Gate and get off at the East St / Flint Road stop. It’s a short walk along Flint Street until you get to corner of East
Street, …

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10th February 2013

New Year New Website

2013 is running away with us already. The studio programme painters have braved the snow (again) and cold to get back into the studio with a vibrant schedule of visiting lecturers and talks ahead of them to brighten the still short days. The Correspondence Course painters have been busy since the Autumn and have just recieved and are digesting their second mentors reviews.

Issue#12...what can we say. We have said sorry, we know it was late, but nothing could prepare us for havin…

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20th March 2012

Turps Art School

Mission Statement

Peter Ashton Jones and Marcus Harvey have long held the view that an artist led painting school could flourish in a climate where there is growing disquiet about the quality of painting tuition, inadequate tutorial input and rise in tuition fees on too many established fine art courses.

The Editors feel it is 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 …

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