Founding member of British Pop Art movement is inspiration for new artwork

Pauline Boty

Published Friday, 19th October 2018

#behindeverygreatcity is an art trail and campaign from the Mayor of London

An artwork inspired by a little-known local artist who went on to become one of the founding members of the British Pop Art movement has been installed in Sutton High Street as part of a London-wide art trail.  

Pauline Boty was born and grew up in Carshalton and attended Wimbledon College of Art and The Royal College of Art . A rising star, she died tragically young from cancer in 1966 aged just 28.

#behindeverygreatcity is an art trail and campaign from the Mayor of London and is funded by the Government Equalities Office. It was launched to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the Peoples Act and its aim is to call for action to make gender equality a reality.

Following on from the 100 Women of Sutton Exhibition (April 2018, The Gallery, Sutton Central Library) Sutton Libraries, Heritage & Arts put forward Boty as a candidate for the art trail.

Artist Julia Vogl took on the challenge and created Pauline’s Magic Carpet, a 6m x6m multi-coloured printed vinyl print, which has been sited in Trinity Square and will remain there until 29 October.

Find out more about Pauline Boty by clicking here