Douglas’ Alma Mater – Timaru Boys High School


More than 80 years ago, when Gordon MacDiarmid chose a boarding school several days travel away for his sons he set a chain in motion that continues to this day. By the mid-1930s, Timaru Boys High School in the small coastal Canterbury city, south of Christchurch – already had a distinguished reputation for academic excellence,
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In Vivid Colour – Landfall’s look at Douglas MacDiarmid


In a long life of many milestones, a significant review of Douglas MacDiarmid’s biography in ‘Landfall Journal’ is an occasion to celebrate. After all, how many other living artists can claim an association with New Zealand’s leading literary journal of new art and writing, dating back to 1947? In Douglas case, it can be traced
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Book Review : Art New Zealand Number 167 Spring 2018


This significant review appeared in Art New Zealand Number 167, on pages 109-111 of the Spring 2018 issue of the country’s oldest and most respected quarterly visual arts magazine. Beyond Accepted Boundaries Colours of a Life: The Life and Times of Douglas MacDiarmid By Anna Cahill Published by Mary Egan in association with MacDiarmid Arts
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Vive La Différence…


Public attitudes towards sexuality have dramatically improved in Douglas MacDiarmid's lifetime. Although pockets of homophobia persist, gay folk are now visible, involved, heard and legally protected in the community. Even Australia belatedly got over its fear to give same sex couples the right to marry little over a year ago. How things change in the
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Patrick a la plage (1979) by Douglas MacDiarmid

Painting Patrick


Patrick is Douglas MacDiarmid's partner of many decades, his other half who has taken care of day to day distractions to make it possible for Douglas to single-mindedly focus on painting. Eight years younger than Douglas, Patrick goes by just one name, like most Guadeloupeans. They grow closer as each year passes and complement one
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