The What Does He Need? public poster project presents a range of viewpoints on the needs of men and boys in different scenarios and at different stages of life. These short texts are responses to the central question ‘What Does He Need?’ and were gathered from conversations with adults and young people. The presentation of contrasting viewpoints is intended to provoke a public dialogue around the subject of masculinity.

The public poster project was launched in December 2020 in the windows of The LAB gallery. For two weeks in May 2021, the posters will be displayed on billboards in three new locations; Saint Mary’s Place (Dublin 1), Church Street (Dublin 7) and Dolphin’s Barn (Dublin 8). These posters include a QR code which links directly to the What Does He Need? audio piece.

‘What Does He Need? public poster project, The LAB gallery Dublin, December 2020

What Does He Need? public poster project, The LAB gallery Dublin, December 2020. Photos by Louis Haugh.

What Does He Need? public poster project, Multiple locations in Dublin City, May/June 2021. Photos by Louis Haugh.

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Support

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