Saturday, December 10, 2016

ONE - from CAGED - The Sound Of New Parks

'One' - performed by the children and staff of New Parks Pre-School at the soon to be closed down New Parks Community Centre, Leicester.

'CAGED' is a series of found sound interventions, collections and revelations led by artist musician producers I-mitri CounterAction (Dimitris Moraitis) and Little Onion (Paul Conneally) with and for the people of New Parks, Leicester.

After sitting in circle and talking with the three and four year olds of New Parks Pre-School about John Cage, noise, sound, silence and slugs the group perform 'One' together - a minute of performed silence.

The council run Pre-School is under threat as it will close with the closing of the Community Centre as part of widespread cuts that Leicester City Council is having to make to meet budget requirements imposed by the government as part of its ongoing austerity measures. The Pre-School leader (who along with other staff is being made redundant) is seeking permission to take over the running of the building and to keep the pre-school running along with other community activities.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Sweet Garlic Mushrooms

Italian food Leicester - photograph by Paul Conneally

a room full of talk
and animated faces
sweet garlic mushrooms

Little Onion
OGGI Simply Italian
Leicester

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Police Patrol This Area

Photograph of bikes in Loughborough Railway Station at night by Paul Conneally

'Police Patrol This Area'
Paul Conneally
Loughborough Railway Station
November 26 2016

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Pink Onesie Convo

A from the hip shot street photography scene from New Parks in Leicester by Paul Conneally

Pink Onesie Convo - Paul Conneally, New Parks, Leicester 2016

Today I spotted three different people wearing onesies and a woman in a dressing gown around the Aikman Avenue shops in New Parks. It's an interesting cultural shift in what's acceptable or not to leave the house in - maybe it's better - a more relaxed approach to indoor outdoor home not home distinctions. Each to their own - live and let live! Mind you I don't think it's a style I'll be sporting in public anytime soon - the world's not ready for that yet!

sweeping leaves
too many starlings
to count up

Little Onion

Friday, November 04, 2016

Bertie at The Blue Army Craft Group



Bertie at The Blue Army Craft Group, New Parks, Leicester, UK

I was at the Blue Army Craft Group meeting to talk through and invite the members to take part in a new sound art piece with I-mitri CounterAction and Soft Touch Arts.

The group is pretty much self-organising and they work together on crochet, knitting and other craft and making skills. Many of the group, including Bertie, have worked with me on other works and projects such as Involuntary Painting New Parks : New York alongside my collaborator and friend New York artist Millree Hughes. They are a great bunch!

Paul Conneally
New Parks, Leicester
November 2016

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Marta Oliviera-Child - Head Chef at the Bom Bom Patisserie



Marta Oliviera-Child is the head chef and co-owner of the Bom Bom Patisserie in Loughborough, Leicestershire, right in the heart of England.

Bom Bom Patisserie has been operating a few years but only opened the café part of the business in May 2016. It has proved to be a tasty, stylish and instant hit.

Marta comes from Brazil where her mother runs a restaurant. She came to Loughborough in 2006, like so many young people do, to study at Loughborough University. She always had a dream to open a patisserie and luckily for the people of Loughborough she has and what a patisserie it is!

after the pastry
the cream
on the end of her nose

Little Onion

Find out more about Marta and the Bom Bom Patisserie by visiting its website and hey, even better, the patisserie itself!

Photograph and text: Paul Conneally

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Hartleys Coffee and Sandwich Bar, Nottingham 'from the hip' Paul Conneally 2016

A sculpture of a calf outside Hartleys Coffee and Sandwich Bar Nottingham - Paul Conneally 2016
Hartleys Coffee and Sandwich Bar, Hockley, Nottingham

From the ongoing series 'from the hip' - photographs taken 'from the hip'.

Paul Conneally
Nottingham
Oct. 23 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

ホッチキス HOTCHKISS - EMMA'S DELL (Deep Thought Mix) - Video & Lyrics





a small stream 
running with a young man’s speed
the sound of water
through budding groves


she weaves between 
still traffic
sirens wail 
building to building



in the confusion a leafless ash-tree
in the coffee-shop dirt under her nails
alive to the world 
a song bird vying with a waterfall



neon signs
flick on and off
sidewalk daisies
swapping stories



a single cottage
on the distant mountain
bright green hawthorn
talking to shepherds



in the confusion a leafless ash-tree
in the coffee-shop dirt under her nails
alive to the world 
a song bird vying with a waterfall


Lyrics: Paul Conneally
Music: Shuntaro Netsu and Paul Conneally

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mural of Buddhist monk celebrating Leicester City Football Club

Buddhist monk mural celebrating soccer club Leicester City FC photograph by Paul Conneally

One of a series of murals across Leicester that celebrate the success of Leicester City Football Club's winning of the English Premier League in 2016.

This shows just the central section of the mural which off The Newarke near De Montfort University which depicts symbols and images associated with Thailand where Leicester City's owners come from.

Paul Conneally
October 2016
Leicester

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nottingham Contemporary Text Art Signage



This mirror written signage is right outside the Nottingham Contemporary and in front of the Pitcher and Piano, a church turned into a bar.

Paul Conneally
Nottingham
October 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I-mitri CounterAction - Dub Warrior

Leicester's own dub warrior I-mitri CounterAction in conversation with artist Paul Conneally

I-mitri CounterAction at Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

I'm so blessed to work with so many talented and generous people and today I started work on a new project with the wonderful artist musician I-mitri CounterAction.

I will keep you all informed of developments as the work takes shape.

Paul Conneally
Leicester
October 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Balancing An Apple On Your Head Race - Loughborough University

Photograph of two competitors in the artist led Apple Olympics at Loughborough University photograph by Paul Conneally for Fruit Routes

Participants in the 'Balancing An Apple On Your Head Run' at the artist led Fruit Routes Apple Olympics at Loughborough University.

Fruit Routes was conceived by artist and environmental activist Anne-Marie Culhane.

Photograph: Paul Conneally - Loughborough - October 2017

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Loughborough University Fruit Routes Apple Olympics 2016

Photograph by Paul Conneally of participants in the Loughborough University Fruit Routes Apple Olympics

Participants in the artist led Fruit Route Apple Olympics at Loughborough University wear not numbers but the names of fruit tree varieties that are planted on the Loughborough Fruit Route and associated orchards across the university campus.

Events in the Apple Olympics included the '1km or so' run, apple not shot putting, balancing an apple on your head race and the egg and apple race.

Fruit Routes is an ongoing work conceived and led by artist and environmental activist Anne-Marie Culhane.

Photograph: Paul Conneally 2016

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Competitors In The Fruit Routes Balancing An Apple On Your Head Race2016



Competitors in the artist led Fruit Routes Apple Olympics balancing an apple on your head race. Each competitor wears not a number but the name of a fruit tree species planted during the Fruit Routes work on Loughbohemia (some call it Loughborough) University Campus.

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Other events were the '1km Or So Fruit Routes Run' where the aim was for all competitors to cross the finishing line together and not shot but 'apple putting' not forgetting of course the children's 'Apple And Spoon Race'.

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Fruit Routes is conceived and planned by my long time collaborator artist activist Anne-Marie Culhane with and for the wonderful Loughborough University Sustainability Team and it's a pleasure to work on and have be associated with it as artist and poet year on year since its start.

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Paul Conneally
Loughbohemia
October 2016
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CANDY VAN



'CANDY VAN'
Paul Conneally
Leicester, 2016

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

'Prophylactic' - Paul Conneally - Cannes - 2016

Found sculpture by Paul Conneally in Cannes France 2016

'PROPHYLACTIC'
Paul Conneally
Cannes 2016

You can find 'PROHYLACTIC' a found splacist artwork by Paul Conneally in the old port of Cannes:

Friday, September 30, 2016

Giving With Benefits: Just Who Owns The National Lottery?



Gambling is firmly entrenched within British society. The National Lottery is perhaps the most accessible form of gambling with tickets on sale in almost every small grocery or news shop along with the biggest supermarkets.
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The lottery, with its huge prizes and a percentage of profits going to charitable and sporting projects perhaps feels to many as though it's not gambling at all, just a way of supporting that might result in a windfall. A kind of 'giving with benefits'.
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Let's not pull the wool over our own eyes. The National Lottery along with its associated scratch cards is gambling and for some it forms an addiction that ruins family finances and life. This is a problem that affects poorer families and communities disproportionately as it is in these communities that most scratch cards and lottery tickets are bought.
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The government uses the lottery to subsidise some services that have seen cuts through the various funds such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the sports funding. One can get the impression that it is in fact a national duty to buy lottery products if only to make sure that our haul of Olympic and Paralympic gold medals is maintained and in fact increased.
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The lottery is operated but not now owned by Camelot. Camelot is in fact now owned by a Canadian pension company. Annual accounts from Camelot showed that gross ticket sales secured an enormous £7.2 billion in 2015, up from £6.7 billion in the previous year. They reported a profit of around £72 million. Whilst profits go up year on year the chances of winning have actually fallen with tickets doubling in price from £1 to £2 but prize money not doing the same. In addition to the reported Camelot profits millions are also paid over to its parent company, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, rather than being handed on to good causes.
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It is improbable that lottery culture will demise anytime soon but bringing it into public ownership rather than private ownership would see more of the profits of our gambling fixation remaining within the public realm. As for online gambling companies with their emphasis on football betting and wall to wall advertising well that's another story.

Paul Conneally
September
2016

Photograph: Filbert Street Grocery, Leicester, Paul Conneally 2016
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

INVIGILATOR : MALVERN - Paul Conneally and Nikki Pugh



INVIGILATOR : MALVERN was the 6th splacist intervention in the ongoing INVIGILATOR series by artists Paul Conneally and Nikki Pugh. It was commissioned by MECA in 2009 and has informed and continues to inform the practice of Conneally and Pugh, separately and together.

Both artists continue to explore space place and time via what some call psychogeography but they refer to as 'splacist' methodologies.

INVIGILATOR forms part Conneally's overarching Walk To Work series of interventions, works and exhibitions.

"THE GALLERY OF THE STREET IS OPEN" - Paul Conneally
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

OXFORD CIRCUS STATION



OXFORD CIRCUS STATION

The hustle and bustle of London's Oxford Street just before the rush hour. When it's excitingly busy without hemming your body and mind in too much.

The Evening Standard newspaper, I was going to say vendor but they are handed out for free now, sat half on half off the tube station entrance. Shall I pick one up here or outside the mainline station? I'll wait till later.

a blast of warm air
from the underground station
Marilyn Monroe

Little Onion
September
2016

Photograph: Paul Conneally 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Brian Allen - Plumber and Master Vegetable Grower

poryrait of plumber and master vegetable grower Brian Allen by Paul Conneally his brother in law

Brian Allen - plumber and master vegetable grower!

We've returned back to Loughborough from Dronfield two weeks running laden with fantastic produce, green beans, rhubarb, cabbage, courgettes... Thanks Brian and Jane Allen!

Paul Conneally
Dronfield Woodhouse
September 2016