Stitching up the Past - Memorial Quilt Talk
with Han Tiernan and Kate Drinane

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Stitching up the Past: Memorial Quilt Talk

Pride: The Queeratorial

Saturday 3rd June at 11am

Han Tiernan, co-founder of the REWIND<<FASTFORWARD>>RECORD initiative and Kate Drinane, Co-founder of Queer Culture Ireland discuss their practice and the history of the Irish Names Quilt Project in the context of Ireland's past and present.

The Irish Names Project was created in honour and remembrance of those who died in Ireland from AIDS and HIV-related illnesses. Quilts made by the project were inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, founded in San Francisco in June 1987 by the gay rights activist Cleve Jones. 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 workshop gathered on Tuesdays, often working late into the night with friends and families. Building a community in this way created a space to share personal stories and grief over loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS within a climate of stigmatisation and secrecy. The community was seminal in educating people about HIV/AIDS and safe sex.


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