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Since 2018, Fiona Whelan, Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan, in collaboration with Rialto Youth Project have been leading a long-term transdisciplinary project What Does He Need? , which explores how men and boys are shaped by and influence the world they live in.

Fiona Whelan is a visual artist with a strong commitment to long-term cross-sectoral collaborations. Immersed in Dublin 8 for nearly two decades, her collaborative practice is committed to exploring and responding to systemic power relations and inequalities and typically manifests as visual, performative, or dialogical encounters in which multiple power relations are exposed and interrogated.

Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan are Co-Artistic Directors of Brokentalkers performance company whose working method is founded on a collaborative process that draws on the skills and experiences of a large and diverse group of contributors from different disciplines and backgrounds.

Working at the intersection of collaborative arts, performance and youth work, What Does He Need? aims to create a significant public dialogue about the current state of masculinity. Recent iterations include an audio piece and public poster project, in partnership with The LAB gallery, and Stevie poem and animation (2020, in collaboration with Paper Panther Productions).

Fiona Whelan’s WebsiteBrokentalkers Website


Residency Profile

A Radical Plot Residency Programme

November 2021 – January 2022

As IMMA celebrates its 30th Birthday A Radical Plot Residency Programming focuses on this polemic time to offer the Museum site, its history, and our collective relationship to an evolving future as a programming catalyst for resident artists living and working onsite.

Previous Residency

June 2019

Fiona Whelan is on an invited residency providing studio space supporting a new inter-generational project What Does He Need? (Fiona Whelan, Brokentalkers and Rialto Youth Project). In a time when a spotlight is being shone on many patriarchal structures and misogynistic cultures nationally and internationally, this project is an urgent critical inquiry into the formation of boys’ and men’s identities, considering how forms of masculinity are cultivated and subsequently experienced in a boy’s life.