Global Threads

Rose Theatre Kingston KT1 1HL 13th – 30th September 2023 Open 10 – 6 Monday to Saturday

Find out about the different communities living in Kingston and their colourful and inspiring textile heritage.  Make sure you don’t miss the Global Threads Kingston exhibition, which will be running from the 13th to 30th September at Kingston’s Rose Theatre. The exhibition will explore the clothing traditions of Kingston’s communities. Come and see real garments, photographs, and textile-inspired artworks made by local groups. Learn about block-printed borders, knots that become buttons, and the meanings behind the motifs and symbols within their textile traditions.



Bowie and Beyond: Ziggy Stardust will tell the story of Bowie when he first became Ziggy Stardust and his connections to Kingston’s music scene.

We start with the pivotal moment in David Bowie’s career when he launched his Ziggy persona at Tolworth’s Toby Jug in February 1972, and explore how he later returned for a gig at Kingston Polytechnic (now Kingston University) in May 1972. In his Ziggy persona, Bowie perfectly encapsulates the shifting trends of Kingston’s art, music and pop fashion scene at this time.

This exhibition is open to the public during Kingston Museum's opening hours.

Creative Flow: Kingston, Art and the River

Kingston Museum
An exhibition celebrating the creative response to Kingston's position 'upon Thames' from the 17th century to the present.

Fri 29th September 2023 - April 13th 2024
The exhibition is open subject to Kingston Museums opening times.


An art exhibition showcasing the role of the river Thames as a major source of creative inspiration in Kingston from the 17th century to the present - a history that involves Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites. Delving into the wealth of river views in Kingston Museum's permanent collection, and featuring works by contemporary artists, the show explores the artistic fascination with the idea of being 'upon Thames' and reflects the changing character of Kingston's riverside.