Hannah Tiernan is a researcher, writer and visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Her key area of interest is contemporary Irish LGBTQ+ history and expanding voices within the Irish LGBTQ+ community.
Throughout 2022, Hannah will be coordinating the REWIND<<FASTFOWARD>>RECORD: Revising the Rainbow (RFR) initiative; an expansive series of talks, tours and workshops to develop creative responses exploring Irish queer history and contemporary queer representation in a local context. The initiative will take the form of a touring programme including a cumulative exhibition of participants’ work. The project has been developed in partnership with artist and curator, Brendan Fox and the Museum of Everyone. It is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride, Queer Culture Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).
Since September 2021, Hannah has been the Editorial Assistant with GCN (Gay Community News) Magazine, a not-for-profit, free print and online publication which has supported, recorded and served the Irish LGBTQIA+ community for over thirty years. She has also been appointed as the in-house archivist to oversee the digitisation of GCN’s archive.
In April 2021 she was appointed Queer Programme Coordinator with the Museum of Everyone, an inclusive portable platform for artists and creatives that aims to amplify a diverse range of voices and perspectives through both artist and community-led collaborative initiatives.
Since March 2021 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.
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 March 2020.
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.
Along with academic writing, she frequently publishes articles exploring contemporary Irish LGBTQ+ histories. Her poetry and visual art often explore themes of sexuality and gender identity.