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Crumbs! Women’s Institute unleash protest biscuits

Rules of organisation say members can get political without supporting individual parties

05 May, 2017 — By Tom Foot

NHS custard creams

THE Women’s Institute is inviting the public to come and help them paint political slogans on biscuits at a pop-up art gallery this weekend.

Camden artists Sian Pattenden and Pandora Vaughan will be working with the “Ladies of the Lock” – the WI group for Kentish Town and Camden Town – in their Grrrr! gallery in Ashdown Crescent, Queen’s Crescent. The public are invited to decorate custard creams and Oreos with protest messages about the NHS or Brexit and leave them dotted around Camden for the “community to find”.

President of the Ladies of the Lock Daisy Drury said: “We’re very excited to be joining the brilliantly creative women at Grrrr! for the opportunity to combine two of our greatest passions – raising awareness about the issues that are important to us, and biscuits.” According to WI rules, the organisation is “non-sectarian and non-party political” but “this does not prevent WIs from concerning themselves with matters of political and religious significance, provided the views and rights of minorities are respected and provided the organisation is never used for party-political or sectarian purposes”.

Artists Ms Pattenden and Ms Vaughan started painting biscuits after the Brexit referendum and election of Donald Trump in the US. Protest biscuits can be set in resin and taken away as permanent work of art from the event on Sunday (May 7) between 2-5pm.

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