The Tooth is Out! by Poppy Ash

Vis­it The Tooth is Out!, the lat­est RIPE exhi­bi­tion by artist Pop­py Ash

What happens when we lose our baby teeth? Exploring worldwide ‘tooth fairy’ traditions, Poppy’s illustrations examine the ways in which the loss of baby teeth are celebrated and the rituals that surround them. The tooth fairy that we grow up with in the UK varies hugely around the world, from culture to culture, sometimes taking the form of a tooth mouse, bird or leprechaun. Poppy’s practice draws from everyday life, with a focus on narratives and lore. The unique stories, passed down through generations and unquestioned in our youth, are here brought to life. The playful comic-style illustrations celebrate the power of storytelling.

The Tooth is Out! is free to visit and will be on display 24/7 in the windows of the Hidden Wardrobe from Friday 24th February – Sunday 2nd April 2023.

We will also be hosting a launch event. Join us on Friday 24th February from 6pm – 8pm at the Hidden Wardrobe, where you can hear from the artist behind the works, ask any questions you may have, and enjoy a drink or two from our pop-up bar. Tickets are free and can be booked on Eventbrite here -

About the artist

Poppy makes humorous and honest observations of the world around her. Often drawing on everyday experiences and daily routines such as trips to Tesco and drinking tea in the bath, she creates small, informal drawings and zines using cheap, readily available materials.