Rhona spots prize mummy!

editorial image

A Derry woman has won the top prize in the City of Culture’s competition asking people to imitate a piece of art.

Rhona Gough’s picture of her screaming beside a mummy in the Natural History Museum in New York picked her up a luxurious 4* weekend stay in the city, including flights, for one of the flagship events of 2013 - The Return of Colmcille.

She also won a huge art hamper worth £150.

Voluntary Arts, in partnership with UK City of Culture 2013, asked people to imitate a piece of art.

From imitating a statue or museum painting, to something from film or TV, people were encouraged to let their creativity run wild.

Pieces ranged from nine month old babies being made into Picasso-esque paintings, to famous art pieces from around the world getting a very modern (and sometimes peculiar) makeover.

With entries flooding in from right across the UK and Ireland from people of all ages, Creativity Month certainly lived up to its name.

It wasn’t just those imitating the art who got involved in the fun - people logged on in their thousands to vote for their favourite imitations.

When told of her win Rhona, who is from Derry, said: “I’m so excited to have won - I’ve never won anything before!

“The picture was taken in New York while on holiday with my family last year in the Natural History Museum.

“When I saw the Life Imitating Art campaign on Facebook I thought I would throw it the picture in and I’m so glad I did,” she said.

“My daughter is doing GCSE art so the art hamper will really help her and I can’t wait to stay in the City Hotel, I could really use the break!”