Rosie Sees 'What People Want'

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18 Mar 2016
Rosie officially launched a new public art exhibition in the Frenchgate Centre, the first by resident artist, Les Monaghan entitled ‘ The Desire Project – What do you most want’

The Exhibit comprises of over 70 prints – large portraits of Doncaster residents expressing what they want – having had time to think about what is important to them. 

Les Monaghan says “I am interested in what it means to live today and want the exhibition to question what we value as a society.  “What do you want?” is a big question and it seems that we want the same things, we want to get along, we want to be social, we want community.  In a space dedicated to consumption the exhibit asks what we value most – and of over 150 subjects asked only one wanted a product.”

Those portrayed were photographed alone, but when exhibited they are grouped together and their desires for health, happiness and a better world coalesce. 

Rosie says “This is a powerful exhibition which not only informs us of what other people want, but also makes the viewer reflect and ask of themselves ‘what do I want’. I am heartened to hear from Les that the majority of the people who took part were not materialistic, and that most of us share the same ‘desires’ to do with health, happiness, love, peace and family.”


Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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