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David Bowie film to be shown in Wales in exhibition ‘grand finale’

A behind-the-scenes tour of a London exhibition about David Bowie will be brought to Welsh audiences next month.

The display at the VA features work by curators and artists who have collaborated with or been inspired by the music icon during his long and varied career.

David Bowie Is Happening Now will be broadcast direct from the museum to cinemas across the country as part of the grand finale to the exhibition.

It will give cinema audiences one last chance to see it before it goes on international tour.

Contributors include avant garde Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto, who designed the flamboyant, androgynous Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane costumes worn by Bowie on tour in 1973;  Terry O’Neill – renowned photographer of celebrities of the ’60s and ’70s, who worked with Bowie on several occasions and who is perhaps best known for his striking photographs of Bowie for the Diamond Dogs tour; choreographer Michael Clark, a lifelong fan of Bowie, whose piece Come, Been and Gone was inspired by Bowie’s music and is featured in the exhibition; and contemporary artist Jeremy Deller, whose English Magic at the British Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale is in large part inspired by Bowie and his impact on the English psyche.

Bowie is one of the great musicians and performers of the last half century and is cited as an inspiration by innumerable contemporary artists and designers.

The VA was given unprecedented access to the David Bowie archive to curate the first retrospective of his extraordinary career.

It displays 300 objects that have been brought together for the very first time, including original costumes, Bowie’s own instruments, sketches, handwritten lyrics and design notes, together with music and film.

It has been one of the most popular exhibitions in the museum’s history and will be shared with viewers across the country in the film David Bowie Is Happening Now.

Curators Geoff Marsh and Vicky Broackes will provide insights into the excitement and challenge of putting the show together and some of the discoveries made along the way.

David Bowie Is Happening Now is screened at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, on August 13 at 7pm. For details, call 029 2030 4400 or visit

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