The Turner Prize has been on the go since 1984. Like most innovations there comes a time when the sell-by-date is reached and something new is needed. It is very difficult for those involved to recognise this time.
With the blessing of the organisers of the alternative Turnip Prize I am in the process of creating a trophy with built-in deconstruction so that it is blindingly obvious when things need to change.
I’m designing a trophy made from a real turnip. When nature, the only true judge, shrivels the turnip to virtually nothing a committee of Primary school children will decide what the next aspirational prize will be in the art world.
For personal reasons I’ll encourage the maximum age for prospective winners to be raised from 50 to 100.