Kingston College students showcase David Bowie-inspired work in pop-up exhibition in Tolworth

Art and Design students from Kingston College showcased David Bowie-inspired work in a pop-up exhibition at The Broadway Bar in Tolworth last weekend.

The student’s art work, that was part of the student’s work placement, celebrated Bowie’s ever evolving character.

The free pop-up store was set up in collaboration with community centre The Community Brain that held celebratory events this year to mark Ziggy Stardust’s 50th birthday.

Bowie began the rise of his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust on February 10, 1972 in Tolworth in a pub known as The Toby Jug. Ziggy Stardust performed for around 60 people in the room.

Chief executive of the South Thames Colleges Group (STCG) Peter Mayhew-Smith said: “Kingston College students designed and ran a superb David Bowie showcase in Tolworth.

“They marked the 50th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust’s first performance with remarkable posters, masks and 3D creations displayed.

“The opening event was a very special celebration, all brought to life by the great Creative Arts staff team from the College. Definitely an afternoon to remember!”

To mark the half-centenary since Bowie’s first gig on February 10 as Ziggy Stardust, a Bowie mural has been unveiled where the A3 meets A240 in Tolworth.

The artwork was created by the artistic team of WeareSkyhigh and commissioned by The Community Brain.

A spokesperson of the graffiti group said: “It took us just over a week to complete. The Toby Jug pub used to be just next to where the mural is, It also a nod to other musicians who played there and went on to be successful.”

On February 10, 2022, The Community Brain celebrated the special day by hosting a silent disco at Waterloo Station in partnership with SWR Help.

Kingston University Dance’s students also participated.

A mini festival with live music at Tolworth Station followed.

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