Responding to the central question ‘What Does He Need?’, the public poster project presents a range of contrasting viewpoints on the needs of men and boys in different scenarios and at different stages of life. The poster content is developed from records of conversations during the immersive workshops for adults and the programme for young people and children.

The public poster project was launched on 1 December 2020 in the windows of The LAB gallery, Dublin. Using the gallery as a billboard to the street, this outward facing exhibition marks the first phase of the public poster project, which will migrate across Dublin city in 2021, through a partnership with Dublin City Council Arts Office.  See

Posters by Fiona Whelan and Brokentalkers with graphic design by Padraig Cunningham at Pure Designs


The public poster project was developed in 2020, by Fiona Whelan and Brokentalkers, through a partnership with The LAB gallery, and funding from an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award. The development stage of this work was supported via an invited residency for Fiona Whelan at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and a Brokentalkers residency supported through Create/Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) and ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art in 2019.

Drawing by Fiona Whelan
All photos and video are by Louis Haugh