Engaging Young People with Artworks

Poetry inspired by 'The First Toothpaste Painting', by Derek Boshier

The Youth Forum worked with artist Amani Naphtali to create poetry to surround artworks in the Graves Gallery.

Two members of the Youth Forum read their poem, The Person in the Toothpaste Tube inspired by the painting 'The First Toothpaste Painting', by Derek Boshier.

Derek Boshier painted this in 1962. He is a painter, sculptor, photographer and printmaker. He was part of the Pop Art movement in Britain in the 1960s. He included images in his work that were recognisable as everyday consumer products. These included matchboxes, toothpaste tubes and cereal packets.


Boshier attended the Royal College of Art where he met Allen Jones, David Hockney and R. B. Kitaj. In the 1960s and 70s he began to experiment with sculpture, film, books and record covers.

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