The RCA is searching for Bowie’s lost postcard artwork
The Royal College of Art (RCA) is on the hunt for a lost piece of art by singing legend David Bowie.
As a cultural icon, Bowie's keen interest in the arts lead him to contribute an original work of his own in 2000 for RCA's exhibition The Secret.
The annual fundraising event sells close to 3,000 postcard-sized artworks created by new and internationally-acclaimed artists. This year's show is fast-approaching (April 8-15) and the RCA is hoping to locate the design for the display.
Bowie was a key figure in the history of the Secret show, previously sponsoring the event from 2001-2003, after building up a profile on his website 'Bowie Art' in the late '90s early 2000s that supported art graduates.
Bowie commented at the time of his involvement: 'I've had a connection with the RCA Secret event for a good few years now and I am really proud of the association...it is nice to scribble for a good reason.' Having Bowie associated with the College boosted the presence of the exhibit, and lead to art contributions from high-profile and credible names in the years following.
The lost David Bowie postcard-sized artwork
RCA Secret fundraising manager, Geraldine Hamblin-Deere commented:
'David Bowie was staunchly committed to supporting the arts and sponsored The Secret for two years running, which is why we are asking the lucky owner to step forward to give us another glimpse of this unique work of art. Anyone with information about the postcard should contact the RCA using the details given below. You can follow the search online using the RCA's social media sites and the hashtag: #secretbowie.'
The 2016 exhibit will take place at the RCA premises in Kensington, playing host to over 2,000 postcard-sized drawings, photographs, collages and sculptures from some of the world's most distinguished artists and promising talent from RCA.
All postcards are priced at £55 and the artist's name will be revealed upon purchase. If you wish to purchase a postcard at the 2016 exhibit, you must register on the RCA website.
If you hear anything of the whereabouts of the Bowie postcard, report any sightings using @RCASecret and #secretbowie.