Hannah Tiernan is a researcher, writer and visual artist. She holds a BA in Photographic Media and an MFA in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD. Her key area of interest is contemporary Irish LGBTQ+ history and expanding voices within the Irish LGBTQ+ community.
From 2018 to 2020, Hannah was a researcher on the ACTIVE ARCHIVE - SLOW INSTITUTION initiative with Project Arts Centre and was the lead researcher for the Queer-in-Progress. Timeline display in 2020.
Since March 2020 she has been the editor of the Queer-in-Progress. Timeline: Online Archive, an initiative to map the expanded narratives within the canon of Irish queer history; focusing on lesbian, feminist, female-identifying, trans, bi and HIV/AIDS histories.
In 2019 she authored ‘Foul, Filthy, Stinking Muck’: the LGBT theatre of Project Arts Centre, 1966 - 2000, and curated and hosted the ‘Foul, Filthy, Stinking Muck’ symposium. She is also the creator of the Ranelagh/Rathmines Queer Walking Tour, designed in conjunction with Ranelagh Arts.
As a visual artist, Hannah has exhibited her photography and sculpture throughout Ireland and has several works housed in private collections. In 2016, she was awarded the Inspirational Arts Award for her photographic project, EQUAL. The project was a direct response to Ireland’s 2015 Marriage referendum, reflecting the societal shift post-referendum whilst also acknowledging the scars still felt within the LGBTQ+ community.