Poldark announced as winner of coveted Turnip Prize

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:18 11 December 2016

Judges Hannah Knolls, Bonksy (JP Coetzee), Trevour Prideaux and Sir Royston Weekz (Tom Henry) with Turnip Prize winner Plumsky (Mike Plummer).

Judges Hannah Knolls, Bonksy (JP Coetzee), Trevour Prideaux and Sir Royston Weekz (Tom Henry) with Turnip Prize winner Plumsky (Mike Plummer).


The winner of a spoof art prize found inspiration from a TV show for his award-winning piece – a dark pole.

The Turnip Prize, based on the internationally-acclaimed Turner Prize, is a competition run by the New Inn in Wedmore to create the worst art imaginable with as little effort as possible.

Artist ‘Plumskey’, also known as Mark Plummer, said: “I was trying to think of something to do for the Turnip prize when a trailer for the new Poldark series came on TV.

“That was when it came to me. I had a black pole in the garage and the rest is history.”

Plumskey’s was one of 99 entries in this year’s contest.

Organiser Trevor Prideaux said: “It is fantastic Plumskey has won, he clearly has what it takes to be recognised in modern art circles and will be remembered in history for no time at all.”

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