Theo Turpin - Artist
Theo Turpin graduated from Camberwell's BA Drawing course in 2008. Turpin is currently taking part in an eight month residency at Palais de Tokyo in Paris as part of the Nouvelle Vague season.
Overall how was your time at Camberwell?
I've got some great memories of studying at Camberwell, and got to know loads of really interesting people who I still see to this day.
What have you been up to since you graduated?
I've been lucky enough to get paid to create my work now, so that's what I've spent my time doing.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently doing an eight month residency at the Palais De Tokyo in Paris, so right now I'm working on a show that's part of the Nouvelle Vague season.
How did your time at Camberwell inform your work?
Immensely - it built the foundations for my work. Naturally, you carry on learning things afterwards too, but that time at Camberwell when you're free to do as you wish is invaluable.
What tips would you give a student starting out at Camberwell?
I think the main thing is to engage with fellow students and the staff, that's what helped me really get the most out of Camberwell. The place is built on dialogue.
Why did you choose to study at Camberwell?
I remember feeling a strong sense of community from my first visit to Camberwell, so that's why I chose to study there. The campus is small and located in a residential area, which has helped develop a strong sense of identity that's becoming even more visible in recent years through Peckham's thriving art community.
What was the first job you took after graduation?
I worked for Mousse magazine, a contemporary art publication in Italy, to develop contacts for the distribution of their magazine in London.
Best advice you were given whilst at Camberwell?
Don't make work that looks so much like art. I don't think I listened though!