Applications open: Turps Studio Programme 2017–18

Applications open: Turps Studio Programme 2017–18

Turps Education

Freya Guest, Turps Studio Programme 2016–17.

April 14, 2017
Applications open: Turps Studio Programme 2017–18

Application deadline: May 8, 2017
Open day: April 22, 1–3pm, followed by a talk by turps mentor Anne Ryan at 3pm
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Open day at Turps Studios will be followed by a talk by turps mentor Anne Ryan at 3pm about her exhibition The Cowboy Paintings at Turps Gallery

Turps Studio Programme is a unique opportunity for a select group of painters to take up residence in their own dedicated studio within an exciting studio and gallery development in South East London and embark on an academic year long programme of intensive mentoring, dynamic group seminars, talks and lectures. Culminating in a group exhibition / open studios in London in 2018.

Turps Studio Programme is designed to fulfill a fundamental and broad view of what we believe a solid painting programme requires by creating an environment that parallels the studio practice of an independent artist, within the supportive structure of an intensive mentoring programme. In this studio context we focus on encouraging, developing and reflecting upon the specific qualities an artist brings, and developing a high level of exchange and debate. Participants will be expected to work within this professional environment with commitment and a strong work ethic, as well as participating fully in a community-based studio.

Regular Turps staff painters and a wide array of visitors work closely with the group and individuals to maximize the opportunities through rigorous investigation of practice and context throughout the programme.

Mentors and visitors over the past five years have included:
Marcus Harvey / Phillip Allen / Phil King / Dan Coombs / Andrea Medjesi Jones / Anne Ryan / Neal Tait / Geraldine Swayne / Howard Rogers / Alastair Mackinven / Clare Price / Matthew Collings / Emma Talbot / Benjamin Senior / Alex Katz / Merlin James / Simon Linke / Andrew Grassie / David Humphrey / Jennifer Coates / Kate Lyddon / Eddie Peake / Nigel Cooke / Lisa Milroy / Katy Moran / Simon Bill / Alison Katz / Milena Dragicevic / Sarah Dwyer / David Rayson / Ansel Krut / Andrew Stahl

Alumni include:
Ben Jamie (John Moores prize winner 2016)
Roisin Fogarty (John Moores shortlisted artist 2016)
Jessie Makinson (Marmite painting prize winner 2016)
Adam Hennessey (Darbyshire Prize for Emerging Art 2015)

The open day is an opportunity to visit the studios and talk to some of the mentors and current painters ahead of the application deadline. Please register your interest by emailing helen [​at​]

Turps Studio Programme overview

Participants are provided with:
–Studio space within the open plan Turps Studios with access seven days a week. Additional benefits included an onsite office, kitchen and free Wi-Fi access
–Fortnightly one-to-one tutor sessions delivered by a team of dedicated mentors
–Regular dynamic group crits from course members and the staff team
–A diverse series of one off talks by key practitioners within the field of painting. Drawn from extensive group of high profile international painters associated with Turps and a wider UK painting community selected in response to the painters enrolled in the programme
–Completion exhibition/open studios towards the end of the academic year (July/August 2018)

The core programme is led by Marcus Harvey (Director of Turps) Phil Allen (Programme Leader) and Helen Hayward (Director and Programme Co-ordinator)

This is not an accredited educational qualification programme but an opportunity for painters who are experienced in their practice to further their exploration of the media and re-energize their practice through intense work ethic, and critical response from practicing artists and their peers on a supported studio programme

The mentoring/talks timetable are programmed around a standard academic timetable beginning on September 25, 2017

Fees for 2017/18 are 6,000 GBP

For more information please visit or email helen [​at​]


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