David McDiarmid’s Rainbow Aphorisms in the Public Realm, London
Dr Sally Gray is a creative thinker whose self-crafted career has been independent and inventive. She is currently a writer, curator, artist, concept developer and creative producer with projects realised, nationally and internationally, under the umbrella of the arts consultancy she founded in May 1994.
Sally, Gray, Sydney, Artist, Curator
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David McDiarmid’s Rainbow Aphorisms in the Public Realm, London

David McDiarmid’s Rainbow Aphorisms in the Public Realm, London

As curator of the David McDiarmid legacy Sally Gray worked through 2017 in collaboration with Studio Voltaire and Art on the Underground in London to present a selection of McDiarmid’s Rainbow Aphorism digital art works (1993-95) throughout public spaces in London. From November 2017 to October 2018 the work appeared across the London Underground network and in public spaces in Clapham, South London. The project was initiated by Studio Voltaire and realised in partnership with Art on the Underground, Sally Gray and the David McDiarmid estate.



Launch Event

Dr Sally Gray, Curator of the David McDiarmid legacy, Joe Scotland, Director of Studio Voltaire, and Amy Lame, Night Czar for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, at the launch of McDiarmid’s Rainbow Aphorisms in the public realm,  Nov 1 2017


Sally’s lecture at Studio Voltaire to launch the project


“This is the reason you keep seeing those rainbow ads on the London Underground”Pink News London Jan 26 2018

“Rainbow Aphorisms Bring Sunshine and Wisdom to South London” The Art Newspaper Nov 3 2017

“Artwork by late artist David McDiarmid to be celebrated on London underground” London Post Nov 1 2018

“Stunning AIDS Crisis Art Works installed at London Underground Station” Pink News London 25 Oct 2017

“Technicolour Clapham: David McDiamrid’s Rainbow Aphorisms” BOYZ  Nov 10 2017

“Stunning AIDS Crisis Art works Installed at Underground Station” Bear World Magazine Oct 25 2017

“Here’s what those rainbow ads you keep seeing on the Tube are for” ShortList Jan 29 2018



Image Credits:

David McDiarmid, from the Rainbow Aphorims series, 1994, 

Installations on London Underground stations, Studio Voltaire and Two Brewers, Clapham

Images courtesy the David McDiarmid Estate, Sydney, Art on the Underground and Studio Voltaire, London. 

Photography: Benedict Johnson, 2017

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