Padlock on feathers

‘Lockdown’ beats five other finalists to Wedmore’s Turnip Prize

A PADLOCK lying on a pile of duck feathers – entitled Lockdown – has won this year’s Turnip Prize.

The winning ‘artist’, Herewe Goagain, was given her award (a turnip mounted on a six-inch nail) at a ceremony held via zoom featuring the five other finalists.

Herewe, a gardener from Barnstaple, North Devon, said: “It has always been an ambition of mine to express myself through crap art.

“Once the seed was sown, the idea germinated, shoots burst forth into a luxuriate masterpiece.

“I’m tickled pink and maybe I should lack effort more often.”

The competition is a spoof of the Turner Prize (an annual prize given to British visual artist) and is based at the New Inn, Wedmore.

Organiser Trevor Prideaux, was ‘delighted’ with the lack of effort this year.

He said: “This year’s event attracted a record total of 120 entries, it’s fantastic that Herewe has won, she clearly has what it takes to be recognised in modern art circles and will be remembered in art history for no time at all.

“I believe that over the last 22 years the artists entering The Turnip Prize have created by far better works than Alex Farquharson and The Tate Britain Gallery could ever wish to exhibit.”

The finalists’ work will be on show at the New Inn from Friday (December 4).

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