Galway Arts Centre
Presented as part of Collective Knowledges: Galway Arts Centre’s Public Engagement Programme in association with Array Collective’s “The Druthaib’s Ball”- a weekly series of public events with social justice groups, artists, academics, and musicians with talks, workshops, traditional music sessions, dance, storytelling and song.
This event has been coordinated in partnership with Galway Arts Centre’s Artists in Residence REWIND << FASTFORWARD >> RECORD.
REWIND << FASTFORWARD >> RECORD in conversation with Liz Martin, Kate Drinane, Páraic Kerrigan and Han Tiernan (RFR) about the Galway contribution to the Irish Names Quilt, which is displayed in Galway Arts Centre’s gallery at 47 Dominick Street. The piece is on loan courtesy of Queer Culture Ireland.
The Irish Names Project was created in honour and remembrance of those who died in Ireland from AIDS and HIV-related illnesses. The Irish Names Project was initiated in 1990 by Mary Shannon (1947-2020), a leading member of the Quilt Group, which is one of the longest running community groups in Dublin. The community was seminal in educating people about HIV/AIDS and safe sex. Patches for the quilts were made in Galway, Dublin, Limerick and many other places around Ireland by loved ones and family members of those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.
Liz Martin is a HIV Activist and Author of “Still Standing: An Irish Woman’s story of HIV and Hope. Liz is a mother of four, who has been living with HIV for the past 30 years. During this time, Liz has worked tirelessly challenging HIV related stigma and discrimination. Today she continues to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS in Ireland and overseas, bringing hope to others who feel they have no voice.
Kate Drinane is the co-founder of the Queer Culture Ireland research network. She is also part of the Education Team at the National Gallery of Ireland. She has introduced and developed LGBTQIA+ programming at the Gallery, including the management of OUTing the Past: Festival of LGBT History. She volunteers with ShoutOut and Gaisce LikeMinded, through which she mentors young people in the LGBTQIA+ community. She holds a BA and MA in Art History from the University College Dublin.
Dr. Páraic Kerrigan is an Assistant Professor, author and researcher with the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin. His research pertains to the dynamics of diversity in the media industry and its production cultures, specifically centred around Ireland’s LGBT community along with a focus on digital media cultures and platform governance. He has just released his first book, LGBTQ Visibility, Media and Sexuality in Ireland (Routledge 2021) He is also co-principal investigator on the Waking the Hirschfeld: An Oral and Archival History of Dublin’s LGBTQ Community Centre. This project is in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland (NMI), with a book under contract with Liverpool University Press, a limited podcast series and an archive being developed for NMI.
Galway Arts Centre’s Public Engagement Programme is supported by Creative Ireland and University of Galway.