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Artists honour Tunnock's treats in new exhibition

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The Tunnock's teacake is a biscuit tin favourite and the ideal accompaniment for a fresh brew but now it is being celebrated in a very different way.

Rather than eating it people are being encouraged to view it as art.

A special exhibition celebrating "one of Scotland's genuine icons" is being held in Glasgow.

Artists have been invited to honour the teacake, along with the caramel wafer and log and the humble snowball, in a show called, "Tunnocked".

It is taking place at the Glasgow Print Studio until 11 April.

Tunnock's products are famous around the world.

This year the Lanarkshire-based company is celebrating its 120th anniversary.

Cocoa powder

The family-run company was established in 1890 when Thomas Tunnock opened a bakery shop and tearoom in Bellshill Road in Uddingston.

The firms now churns out more than 10 million of its renowned teacakes, wafers, logs and snowballs each week, some of which are shipped as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, South America, Japan and the Faroe Isles.

The idea for the exhibition honouring the chocolate-coated confectionary came from Glasgow-based artist and printmaker Fiona Watson who used the Tunnock's imagery to produce artworks.

The show is supported by Tunnock's and features about 40 works by a range of artists including Stephen O'Neil, Ian McNicol, Marion McPhee and Lynne Mackenzie.

The exhibition also has a work from visiting American artist Joe D'Uva featuring an image of a teacake dusted with cocoa powder.

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