Shortlist for spoof art award the ‘Turnip Prize’ marks the Queen’s death and Ukraine war

A toy panda called ‘Mick’ won Britain’s most famous spoof modern art prize last year.

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

The crowd cheered when the 69-year-old winner, who was using an alias with the surname ‘Pi Pi Ee’, accepted the prize – a turnip mounted on a six-inch nail.

The 2021 Turnip Prize was awarded to the creator of ‘Panda Mick’ – a not so subtle homage to ‘pandemic’

The crowd cheered when the 69-year-old winner, who was using an alias with the surname 'Pi Pi Ee', accepted the prize - a turnip mounted on a six-inch nail.

The crowd cheered when the 69-year-old winner, who was using an alias with the surname ‘Pi Pi Ee’, accepted the prize – a turnip mounted on a six-inch nail.

The previous year another Covid-themed entry won the coveted award.

A gardener won the 2020 competition for her work Lockdown, depicting a padlock on top of a pile of duck feathers.

Gardener Herewe Goagain, from Barnstaple, Devon said: ‘It has always been an ambition of mine to express myself through c*** art.

‘Once the seed was sown, the idea germinated, shoots burst forth into a luxurious masterpiece.

‘I’m tickled pink and maybe I should lack effort more often.’

Lockdown won the low-effort Turnip Prize in 2020 after artist Herewe Goagain placed a padlock on top of some duck feathers.

Lockdown won the low-effort Turnip Prize in 2020 after artist Herewe Goagain placed a padlock on top of some duck feathers.

Artist 'Herewe Goagain' said: 'It has always been an ambition of mine to express myself through c*** art'

Artist ‘Herewe Goagain’ said: ‘It has always been an ambition of mine to express myself through c*** art’

And in 2019 the trophy went to ‘Bush Fire Down Under’ – a pair of underpants with a burnt hole in them by artist Fanny Scorcher.

The winner, who described himself as a hairdresser, said: ‘My inspiration came from Toni Doherty, a woman in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, who during the recent bush fire rescued a koala.

‘I am singing with excitement and have always had a burning desire to win this prestigious award.’

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