tAP Advanced

Why TAP?

TAP has come about through the perceived need for an independent art school that can respond immediately to the actual practical needs of its students without ‘teaching to the test’. The unique character of the course is that it involves a high level of tutor time with a wide range of national and international artists, giving a range of different experiences and perspectives over the course of the year’s course.

Aims of the course

The Advanced course is primarily a mentoring course for artists, which is based on combining individual tutorial sessions with peer and tutor-led group critiques and discussions.

The course aims to produce fully rounded artists who are firmly launched on their individual creative paths, open to fresh ideas and challenges, achieving the work they have in mind, learning how to negotiate the art world for opportunities and connections, starting to forge their own networks of fellow artists, and understanding how to achieve their artistic goals and ambitions both technically and intellectually.


course structure

You will be expected to produce work away in your own time and space in between each of the weekends. Completed work or work in progress brought into tutorials is a vital component of the course, giving you invaluable feedback throughout the year. In this way both you and the school can map your progress and work together to overcome blocks & issues, ensuring your progression during the course.

Alternating between intense weekends and individual studio time encourages thinking about the processes and thoughts behind making art, whilst allowing you the time to take risks and experiment in the physical process of making work in your studio.



Participants will complete the course with a coherent body of work have a stronger sense of what they are doing within the context of current contemporary art practice and have the ability to clearly articulate the ideas behind their practice.


Who is eligible

This course is suitable for more experienced artists (with some years of private practise or a degree) who wish to explore and develop the ideas that inform their practice.

  nuts & Bolts




Each year group is restricted to Ten to Twelve selected students, ensuring more tutor time and the space to develop and grow individually and as a group


Entrance is through a portfolio interview, which if required may take place online through Skype.


The course runs over a period of seven weekends with an approximate gap of eight weeks studio time between each weekend. The seventh weekend is dedicated to the logistics of a final year show.


The course takes place in two locations in the creative quarter of Norwich at St Marys Works and in the grounds of Mannington Hall in Ittringham


We work with a core of professional artists based in Norfolk, supported by a larger group of visiting national and international based artists and curators.


Visiting artists will provide individual mentoring and lead tutorials in small groups that relate to each artists body of works.


Peer participation in-group critiques are encouraged and will ultimately help to form a bond and supportive network amongst the year group


Whole group discussions will focus on art in a wider context and look at the current debates within contemporary art. This may take place in the school itself, during a studio visit or at a gallery


All participants will have the opportunity to take part in small group exhibitions in Norwich and be part of organising the final year show.


In addition to mentoring the course will covers aspects of professional practice, including the practicalities of exhibiting (presentation, marketing & curating), Public funding applications, Applying for residencies, Approaching commercial & public galleries, Setting up educational workshops, CRB checks, Artist contracts & insurance and competitions


Online ‘What’s app’/ Skype tutorials are available if you are unable to attend a session.


This course is not certified, however upon completion of the course, participants are invited to join the TAP ‘family’, contribute to its development and direction, take advantage of its opportunities whilst continuing to grow and develop as artists amongst a supportive network of other artists


An Accommodation list is available upon request


Course Dates 2019 – 20 (Sat –Sun)


27-28th April 2019                                                                              

22-23rd June 2019

17-18th August 2019

12-13th October 2019

7 -8th December 2019

1-2nd February 2020

28- 29th March 2020


Course Costs – £2400

Payable in 3 instalments: £100 upon acceptance.

£700 as course starts

£800 end of 30th May 2019

£800 by 22nd June 2019







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