Poldark announced as winner of coveted Turnip Prize

Judges Hannah Knolls, Bonksy (JP Coetzee), Trevour Prideaux and Sir Royston Weekz (Tom Henry) with T

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

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.


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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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