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The Legend of Local Artist and Former Student Desmond Jones

Tuesday 2 February 2016

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is looking forward to celebrating the life and work of the late Desmond Jones, a local artist and former student of the college. Desmond enrolled as a student 73 years ago, at which point the college was a combined art school and technical college. His family have recently uncovered his hidden pieces of art work, one of which is being generously donated to the college.

Desmond won an art scholarship to the college during World War II and went on to spend a lifetime as a professional artist. He concentrated on graphic art before pursuing a career in photography and eventually establishing his own company, where he was creative director. Desmond’s family have documented his career and assembled an online exhibition of his previously hidden art, which can be found at

On 12th February Desmond’s family and their guests will visit Merits, RuTC’s training restaurant, to present the selected art work to Robin Ghurbhurun, current Principal and CEO. This provides a perfect opportunity for RuTC to reflect on both its successful heritage and exciting future. RuTC and a number of local partners have recently started an ambitious redevelopment programme of the Egerton Road, Twickenham site, which marks RuTC’s journey to becoming a first class further education college with a dynamic and sustainable future.

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