Since the death of Australian artist and gay activist David McDiarmid in 1995, Sally Gray has been the executor of his estate, copyright holder of his artistic oeuvre and curator and manager of his creative legacy. This has involved cataloguing of the artist’s career and creative output, distributing works in the artist’s estate as gifts and bequests to Australian museums, galleries and libraries, managing copyright permissions and brokering and curating exhibitions of his work, nationally and internationally. She continues to negotiate gifts of McDiarmid works to public institutions from private collections as they come to light. Since 2012, in partnership with Neon Parc Melbourne she has authorised limited editioning of McDiarmid’s Rainbow Aphorisms series (1993-95).
Ongoing dissemination of the artist’s political and artistic contribution continues through Sally’s advocacy, writing and curatorial work. A recent example is collaboration with Studio Voltaire and Art on the Underground presenting McDiarmid’s Rainbow Aphorisms throughout the London Tube network and on sites across Clapham in South London from late 2017.
Top left: David McDiarmid (1984) ‘Mister Man’, acrylic on cotton
Top centre: David McDiarmid as ‘Flower Head’ at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, 1985, Photograph: William Yang
Top right: David McDiarmid (1994) ‘Girlfriend Our Life Is One Of Lights And Shadows’, from the Rainbow Aphorisms series
Above: David McDiarmid, Carlos Bonicci, Stephen Allkins and Paul Gray at ‘David McDiarmid: New Work’, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 1984 Photograph: William Yang