Turps is an independent artist led publishing and education project, and artists network. Co-founded in 2005 by Marcus Harvey, Turps focuses on the simple ethos of development through painter to painter conversations. In Autumn 2021, Turps will be launching MASS, to bring in sculpture and three dimensional practice into the conversations and mentoring.
Turps has been involved closely with the Art Car Boot Fair since 2011 when it launched a limited edition print portfolio by Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Ryan Mosely and Marcus Harvey. The edition sold out in under an hour from the back of Harvey's van and raised funds to publish Turps magazine. Turps and many of its associates and mentors have actively taken part in ACBF over the years including this year: Marcus Harvey, Geraldine Swayne, David Edmond, Tony Beaver, Paula McArthur, Jess Wilson, Jake Clark, Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings.
New for 2021 are delighted that the Art Car Boot Fair has offered eight individual 'pitches' to current painters who are on Turps Studio Programme and Off Site programmes. After an open Submission ACBF founder Karen Ashton invited the following painters to take part. Phillip Reeves, Lottie Stoddart, Dannielle Hodson from the Turps Studio Programme 2021 and Kerry Lemon, Kate Bland, Catherine Lette, Chris Burns and Mary Clare Foa from the Turps Off Site Programme 2021.