Words: Dylan Murphy
Project Arts Centre’s new online archive aims to map and explore expanded Irish LGBTQ histories. To celebrate they are teaming up GCN for a launch event.
The Project Arts Centre has revealed their new online archive called The Queer-In-Progress which aims to expand the current history of the LGBTQ community in Ireland.
Following the launch of the online archive, Project Art Centre is teaming up with GCN on Wednesday 31 March for an online event.
It’ll highlight some of the new archive’s features and introduce the open call for visitors to share their history and stories. Hosted by Hannah Tiernan, the event will be hosted on GCN’s Facebook and Youtube channel at 19.00 Wednesday 31 March and will feature writer, actor and activist Noelle Brown, film editor and director Cara Holmes, Sara R Philips, founder of the Irish Trans Archive and GCN’s Lisa Connell with further guests to be announced.
It comes after former Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre Lívia Páldi birthed the Queer-In-Progress Timeline after picking up on research into the history of the LGBT theatre of Project Arts Centre conducted by artist and researcher Hannah Tiernan. Timeline was first introduced in March 2020 as the second chapter in the Active Archive – Slow Institution (2017 – 2020); an extensive research initiative aimed at delving into Project Art Centre’s 50+ year history. For the Queer-in-Progress, she went on to collate material from GCN & Irish Queer Archive focusing on lesbian, feminist, female-identified, bi, trans and HIV/AIDS histories of the 80s and 90s.
The online archive endeavours to continue to the groundwork laid down and push the conversation in Ireland. The entries on the site pose prompts and highlights significant events that may have otherwise been lost whilst signposting organisations and pinpointing interventions in Irish lesbian, feminist, female-identified, trans, bi, and HIV/AIDS histories.
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