With Tonie Walsh
29/09/2020 at 7:00pm
Why should we document LGBT history? This talk looks at identifying attempts at collecting, preserving and documenting materials in the latter part of the 20th century as well as understanding the need to collect, document and celebrate previously hidden, marginalised histories of Ireland’s sexual minorities.
This talk will also give an overview of the Irish Queer Archive, its foundation and the historic transfer in 2008 to the National Library of Ireland of the IQA Collections and suggestions for their use and examines how Ireland’s national cultural institutions have embraced LGBTQ+ histories.
Tonie Walsh is a civil rights activist, journalist and historian. He was the first openly gay person to stand for election to Dublin City Council (in 1985). He co-founded GCN, Ireland’s longest-running LGBT publication, in 1987 and edited the publication in its early years.
In 1997, he reorganised early LGBT archive holdings into what would become the Irish Queer Archive (IQA). The vast collection, one of the largest of its kind in the world, was transferred to state ownership in 2008.
His one-man show in 2018 at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, described by director Tom Creed as a “meditation on grief”, brought a personal historical perspective to Ireland’s barely remembered AIDS crisis. In recent years, Walsh has led calls for the building of an Irish AIDS Memorial.
He continues to curate independently for the Irish Queer Archive (now housed at the National Library of Ireland).
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