PRELIMINARY judging of this year’s Turnip Prize took place in Wedmore at the weekend.
Everyone on the British art scene has heard of highly sort after accolade the Turner Prize, an award given for visual artwork organised by the Tate Gallery, however how many have heard of the Somerset equivalent, the Turnip Prize.
Unlike the Turner Prize, the Turnip Prize puts the focus on crap art – the less effort involved the better, any entries involving too much effort, or any effort at all, are unlikely to make.
This year’s finalists are as follows: Brooks Hair Hacked by Hugh Grant, Flower Power by Tony Edmunds, Play on Words by Percy Long-Prong, 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.
Judging the entries were event organiser Trevor Prideaux, Jackie Redman a previous winner and last year’s winner Sarah Quick.
Trevor said: “This year we had lots of entries that could have made the final, plenty showed a complete lack of effort combined with a funny title, which is exactly what we are looking for.
“It’s important for entrants not to put effort into their pieces of art – an entry that obviously has taken a lot of effort will probably not make the final.”
Entries are judged on how little effort has been used, how funny the title is, has the idea been done before and how un-publishable is the entry as well as a variety of other factors.
The final presentation announcing this year’s winner will be made at 6.30pm on Monday, December 2 at The New Inn, Wedmore.