Gardener wins spoof art award the Turnip Prize for her work 'Lockdown'

Tat Modern! Gardener wins spoof art award the Turnip Prize for her work ‘Lockdown’ depicting a padlock on top of a pile of duck feathers

  • The Turnip Prize is a parody of the Turner Prize organised by a pub in Somerset 
  • The award is handed to the person who used ‘the least amount of effort possible’ 
  • This year’s winner said her ambition was ‘to express myself through c*** art’ 
  • The winner, Lockdown, depicted a padlock resting on a bed of duck feathers 

A gardener has won spoof art award the Turnip Prize for her work Lockdown, depicting a padlock on top of a pile of duck feathers.

The prize is an annual competition, run from a Somerset pub, that rewards lazy artists who use ‘the least amount of effort possible,’ in a parody of the Turner Prize.

Gardener Herewe Goagain, from Barnstaple, Devon won the prize, ‘fulfilling a personal ambition’. 

She said: ‘It has always been an ambition of mine to express myself through c*** art.

Lockdown has won this years low-effort Turnip Prize after artist Herewe Goagain placed a padlock on top of some duck feathers 

Artist ‘Herewe Goagain’ said: ‘It has always been an ambition of mine to express myself through c*** 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.’

Ms Goagain was given her prize, a turnip mounted on a six-inch nail, at a ceremony held via zoom with the six other finalists. 

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 in Somerset. 

Shut the D**K up by Doug Tunn was one of six finalists in this year’s Turnip Prize award, which was set up by a pub in Somerset in 1999

Rock on Tommy, a tribute to the late comedian Bobby Ball, was entered following the entertainer’s death in October this year 

The Turnip Prize rewards artists who put in ‘the least amount of effort possible’. Back to the Fuchsia was among the top entries for 2020

Organiser, Trevor Prideaux, said: ‘I am delighted with the lack of effort taken to create this work.

‘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.

Jolly Roger entered this mound of hair, dubbed ‘Fur Load,’ into this year’s competition. Out of 120 entries, it reached the final six

Organiser, Trevor Prideaux, said he was ‘delighted,’ with the ‘lack of effort,’ on display in this year’s competition, which included the entry A Brush with Death by Robin Deadrest

Previous winners include ewe-kip (top right), which depicted a sleeping sheep. The Turnip Prize was created after a piece of art depicting an unmade bed was shortlisted for a Turner Prize

‘I believe that over the last twenty two 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 December 4.

The Turnip Prize was inspired Tracey Emin’s artwork depicting an unmade bed was shortlisted for a Turner Prize.

In 2014, My Bed later sold at auction for £2,546,500. 

When critics said anyone could exhibit their unmade bed, she replied: ‘Well, they didn’t, did they? No one had ever done that before.’ 

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