At a ceremony held at The New Inn on Monday 7th December, this year’s Turnip Prize was awarded to Bonksy for his work entitled ‘Dismal And’ (The Symbol ‘&’ Looking Dismal).
The award was made in front of a packed art loving audience, and TV cameramen and photographers cheered when the 53 year-old winner gruntingly walked 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 this work”.
Mr Bonksy, from Bristol (who has recently been made redundant from a well-known theme park in Weston-super-Mare) said, “If you set your sights on the gutter and refuse to work hard, your dreams really can come true”.
Trevor said, “This year’s event attracted a total of 69 entries, which is exactly the same as last year. It’s fantastic that Bonksy 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 to the ageist Turner Prize and I believe that over the last sixteen 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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