Village hosts quirky display

A piece of work to feature at the exhibition.
A piece of work to feature at the exhibition.

A quirky take on a world-renowned and prestigious accolade will form part of Acklington Art Group’s upcoming exhibition later this month.

In a comic twist, a series of interesting and thought-provoking art installations will go on show in a bid to win the Turnip Prize – a spoof of the Turner Prize.

The eye-catching creations will be included among other pieces of work in the exhibition, which will give people the chance to view the varied and interesting crafts produced by the group.

Sylvia McClure said: “As an added interest and for a bit of fun, we have decided to hold a spoof Turner Prize exhibition, calling it The Turnip Prize.

“Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite and the winning artist will be presented with a golden turnip.

“We are hoping that The Turnip Prize exhibition will play a significant role in provoking debate about visual art in Acklington and will become recognised as the most prestigious art award in the village.

“We also make pretty good cakes so come along and make it a social occasion with your friends.”

The exhibition takes place at Acklington Village Hall, on Sunday, October 26, from 11am to 4.30pm.

Entry is free and there will also be a raffle and refreshments.

The Turner Prize, named after the painter JMW Turner, is an annual prize presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50.

Awarding the prize is organised by the Tate Gallery and staged at Tate Britain.

Since its beginnings in 1984 it has become the UK’s most-publicised art award.

It represents all media and notable artists to have exhibited work include Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. This year’s exhibition opened at the end of September.