The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that the MAAS website contains a range of Indigenous Cultural Material. This includes artworks, artifacts, images and recordings of people who may have passed away, and other objects which may be culturally sensitive.
95/339/10 Poster, 'Sydney Gay Mardi Gras 1988', colour offset on paper, designed by David McDiarmid, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1988. Click to enlarge.

Poster, ‘Sydney Gay Mardi Gras 1988’

Designed by McDiarmid, David in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1987-1988.

David McDiarmid (1952-1995). Studied film (& design*) at RMIT. Australian artist and outspoken Aids activist. Looked at love, art and life in the age of HIV. By 1994, more than 3380 people had died in Australia from AIDS-related illnesses (SMH 26/11/1994 ARTS p7). The AIDS epidemic was the focus of McDiarmid’s creative output.

McDiarmid also collaborated closely with the Australian designer, Linda Jackson. He was art director of the Sydney Mardi Gras workshops from 1988 to 1990 and worked in mi...


Object No.


Object Statement

Poster, 'Sydney Gay Mardi Gras 1988', colour offset on paper, designed by David McDiarmid, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1988

Physical Description

Poster colour printed on glossy white paper, advertising the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras of 1988. Colour offset on paper, depicting winged figure in red dress atop globe featuring Australia coloured in red, sunrise over Sydney Harbour and ornate lower decoration with pair of classical male figures, hanging fruit baskets and floral arrangements. 'FESTIVAL: FEB.5 - 28' and 'PARADE & PARTY FEB. 27' printed in banners on either side of the globe and 'McDIARMID' printed vertically lower right.


No marks



602 mm



Designed by David McDiarmid.



Produced as an advertising poster for the 1988 Sydney Gay Mardi Gras.


Credit Line

Gift of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited, 1995

Acquisition Date

18 December 1995

Cite this Object


Poster, 'Sydney Gay Mardi Gras 1988' 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 12 December 2019, <>


{{cite web |url= |title=Poster, 'Sydney Gay Mardi Gras 1988' |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=12 December 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

Know more about this object?


Have a question about this object?