A NEW exhibition at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria will celebrate the work of acclaimed gay artist and activist David McDiarmid.

The exhibition When This You See Remember Me showcases the art of the groundbreaking artist, who was heavily involved in the gay liberation movement in Melbourne and Sydney in the 1970s. McDiarmid’s artistic work during this time explored gay male life and sexuality.

McDiarmid became involved in AIDS activism when he was diagnosed with HIV in 1987, continuing to make work raising awareness around the epidemic and empowering people living with HIV up until his death from an AIDS-related illness in 1995.

This new exhibition encompasses the breadth of the artist’s talent, featuring McDiarmid’s work in a diversity of form and subject matter created over 20 years living between Sydney, Melbourne and New York.

David McDiarmid — When This You See Remember Me is on at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from May 9 until August 31.

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