Christmas calendar wars erupt in Crouch End

An art gallery is kicking up a stink after being snubbed by traders from taking part in a Crouch End Christmas charity calendar - and then releasing its own version titled Another S*** Crouch End Calendar.

After being passed over for the N8 calendar - which “captures the essence of Crouch End” and raises money for riot victims - Jealous Gallery has hit back with stinging riposte of 12 vivid images of animal excrement.

The controversial calendar was put together after what gallery director Dario Illari branded a “metaphorical blackballing” of the arts space.

Mr Illari told the Ham&High: “It’s not poking fun at their calendar, it’s poking fun at a place that makes a calendar like that – it’s really more about the attitude. N8 goes a lot further than the people shown in the calendar.

“I also like to wind people up now and again. Jealous is the kind of place people love or hate, and the people who like us are going to love this and the people who are unsure are really going to hate this.

“I’m not that kind of homogenised guy who is going to appeal to everyone’s taste.”

The alternative calendar features 12 close-up “portraits” of excrement found around Crouch End by Highgate Wood School A-level photography student Fred Rich.

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More than half of the 250 calendars have been sold for �10, with all proceeds going straight back to the art gallery in Park Road.

The calendar signs off: “Please address all complains (sic) to YOUR MUM.”

The N8 calendar, put together by the owner of The Haberdashery, Budgens and other shops, is handing all proceeds to Haringey Community Circles, set up in the wake of the London riots to find solutions to the social unrest.

Andrew Thornton, owner of Budgens in Crouch End, said of the art gallery’s calendar: “He is entitled to do what he wants. I would say it’s humorous, people can say what they want. It’s honest at least. Good luck to him.”

Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, said: “The stunning N8 calendar really captures the essence of Crouch End.

“Not only does it portray local traders, but more so, it really captures the generosity of this community, in raising funds to help fellow Haringey residents who have suffered following the summer’s riots.”