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'Turnip Prize' showcases an impressive lack of talent

By cfayfineran  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

Percy Long-Prong

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The winner of the prestigious Turnip Prize has been announced.

At a ceremony held at The New Inn, Wedmore, this year’s Turnip Prize has been awarded to Percy Long-Prong for his work entitled “Play on Words” - A Shakespeare play on top of a dictionary.

The award was made in front of a packed art loving audience, TV cameramen and photographers cheered when the winner glided across the gallery floor to accept the prize, a turnip mounted on a six-inch nail.

Organiser Trevor Prideaux said: “I am delighted with the lack of effort taken to create the work, it’s the ultimate play on words."

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Percy, a former Harrods shop worker and chauffeur, from the hamlet of Wedmore said: “It was one of those things, a flash of brilliance that comes to everyone once in a lifetime – this was my once in a lifetime."

Trevor said, “This year’s event attracted a good number of entries.

Unlike the Turner Prize, the Turnip Prize puts the focus on rubbish art – the less effort involved the better, any entries involving too much effort, or any effort at all, are unlikely to make the cut.

This year’s finalists included 'Brooks Hair Hacked' by Hugh Grant, 'Flower Power' by Tony Edmunds, 'Slightly Open' by Chris McKinley, 'Smarty Pants' by Guido Babbato and 'The Hob Bit' by Cobbsy.

This is the fifteenth year of the Turnip Prize and the eighth year the event has been held at the New Inn.

Trevor said: "It’s fantastic that Percy has won, he clearly has what it takes to be recognised in modern art circles and will be remembered in art history for no time at all.”

"It’s a hole in the commode of the Turner Prize which is ageist and I believe that over the last fifteen years the artists entering ‘The Turnip Prize’ have created by far better works than Nicholas Serota and The Tate Britain Gallery could ever wish to exhibit.”

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