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Toy panda wins ‘Turnip Prize’ in cafe for bad artwork

Toy panda wins the pub’s ‘Turnip Prize’ awarded to a bad piece of art created with the least amount of effort

  • The Turnip Prize went to the artist who created the work ‘Panda Mick’
  • The fake prize rewards the artist who puts the least effort into a work
  • Trevor Prideaux came up with the contest idea after seeing Tracey’s Emin’s ‘My Bed’ – a controversial work exhibited at the Tate Gallery


A toy panda named ‘Mick’ has won Britain’s most famous spoof prize for modern art.

The Turnip Prize was presented to the creator of ‘Panda Mick’ – a not-so-subtle tribute to ‘pandemic’ – in front of a packed audience at a ceremony at The New Inn, Wedmore, Somerset

The crowd cheered as the 69-year-old winner, who used an alias with the last name “Pi Pi Ee,” accepted the award – a turnip mounted on a 6-inch nail.

The mock prize rewards the artist who makes the least effort for a work, which was first awarded in 1999 as a joke about modern art.

Trevor Prideaux came up with the competition idea after seeing Tracey’s Emin’s ‘My Bed’ – a controversial work exhibited at the Tate Gallery as one of the works shortlisted for the Turner Prize.

The Turnip Prize went to the creator of ‘Panda Mick’ – a not-so-subtle tribute to ‘pandemic’

The crowd cheered as the 69-year-old winner, who used an alias with the last name 'Pi Pi Ee', took the prize - a turnip mounted on a 6-inch nail

The crowd cheered as the 69-year-old winner, who used an alias with the last name ‘Pi Pi Ee’, took the prize – a turnip mounted on a 6-inch nail

Speaking after ‘Panda Mick’ won this year’s Turnip Prize, Mr Prideaux said, ‘I am delighted at the lack of effort put into creating this work.’

The artist, an architect originally from Sydney, Australia, said: “I’ve always had great designs for art and wanted to create something contemporary to build on the foundation of my black and white portfolio.”

The award winner, who now lives in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire, added: ‘It is a great honor to win this prestigious award.’

Emma Jones, the representative of the artist who won the award, pictured with the Turnip Prize and 'Panda Mick'

Emma Jones, the representative of the artist who won the award, pictured with the Turnip Prize and ‘Panda Mick’

Pictured: One of the finalists, 'Glowball Warming' - a glowball on a hot water bottle

Pictured: One of the finalists, ‘Glowball Warming’ – a glowball on a hot water bottle

Another finalist, 'Green Energy' - a green 9v battery - is pictured above

Another finalist, ‘Green Energy’ – a green 9v battery – is pictured above

Mr Prideaux said this year’s event drew 96 entries, adding that this year’s winner “clearly has what it takes to be recognized in modern art circles and be remembered in art history in no time.”

He continued: ‘I believe that the artists taking part in the Turnip Prize have created far better works over the past twenty-three years than Alex Farquharson and The Tate Britain Gallery would ever want to exhibit.’

“The four finalists will be on display at the New Inn, Wedmore, Somerset through Friday December 3rd and I encourage everyone to support your local pub during these trying times.

‘All registrations that are still in the pub after Friday 3rd will be thrown in the trash.’

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