Sunday 23 November 2014

Street artist Joe Caslin does bit to help men face up to mental health

Published 07/07/2014 | 02:30

Artist Joe Caslin helps launch the Galway Film Fleadh with an installation from his project Our Nation's Sons, which features on the Galway Museum wall at the Spanish Arch. Photo:Andrew Downes.

Street artist Joe Caslin has unveiled one of his signature mammoth murals to mark the Galway Film Fleadh.

The piece is part of Caslin's 'Our Nation's Sons' project and is meant to encourage young men to come forth, speak up and claim a place for themselves in Irish society.

Passers-by could spot him posing precariously on a first-floor window sill yesterday with his work sprawling behind him on the Galway Museum wall at the Spanish Arch in Galway city centre.

His latest portrait, which shows a young man holding his head and staring into the middle-distance, was unveiled as part of the launch of this year's Galway Film Fleadh.

On Friday, Caslin will host a panel discussion about young men and mental health. "It's difficult for young lads. And what you hear is not representative of what's happening," Caslin said.

The Galway Film Fleadh will run from tomorrow to Sunday, July 13.

Irish Independent

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