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Turps Banana

/ Art School

/ Open Day | 12th & 14th December 2014


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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22nd November 2014

Open Day | 12th & 14th December 2014

The Turps Studio Programme is a unique  opportunity  for  a  select  group  of painters  take  up  residence  in their  own  dedicated studio within an  exciting  new  studio and  gallery 
development within the iconic Aylesbury Estate 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 visits.

If you are interested to find out more about the programme, we running tours of the studios at 11am and 2pm on Friday 12th December, and at 11am on Sunday 14th December.

 If you are interested in attending please make sure you register your interest and book a place by emailing your name and contact details to

For more information on applying to the programme beginning in September 2015 please click here

Artists and Mentors visiting the programme so far have included:

Alex Katz, Lisa Milroy, Ansel Krut, Matthew Collings, Dan Coombs, Philip Allen, Chantal Joffe, Anne Ryan, Milena Dragicevic, Alastair Mackinven, Nigel Cooke, Gavin Lockheart, Carole Rhodes, Peter Doig, Colin Smith.