Monday, May 25, 2015

Jobs Fair

She tells me she's tired. Her sandwich board is heavy and she's got three more hours of street pounding to complete before lunch. I see more and more young sandwich board men and women, often stationary at the intersection of two busy thoroughfares or roads, usually advertising one pizza chain or another, sometimes in fancy dress.

This young woman is kinetic, in civvies, not carrying a fast-food chain message but boards emblazoned with the slogan 'Jobs fair today - Free to attend - Hundreds of jobs'.

She smiles and walks on. I take her photo from behind and my mind rearranges the words to align with my thoughts:

Fair Jobs

Paul Conneally
May 21st 2015
Leicester UK

Sunday, May 24, 2015

HELTER SKELTER - A Proposal To Alter Carillon Tower

HELTER SKELTER - Paul Conneally 1999

HELTER SKELTER is a splacist art work from 1999 where I faxed Charnwood Borough Council's Director of Planning and Technical Services, Jonathan Hale, a proposal to form a Helter Skelter for peace around Loughborough's famous Carillon Tower war Memorial.

The intervention was based around the fact that all planning proposals have to be responded to by the council. The piece generated several press reports and a number of responses from the public. Contrary to Jonathan Hale's view that the public might find it controversial and be against it many were broadly in favour of it, at least as an idea. The official Carillon player, who fisted out songs from the shows and such on the Carillon keyboard in among the bells at the top of the tower, told Loughborough Echo that it was a fun idea, the bells playing as Loughbohemians slid down the helter skelter in the name of peace and in memory of those who died in the First World War.

I'm now revisiting engagement with Loughborough's Carillon Tower, an amazing building and now on all the signs heralding entry to Loughborough by road. Watch this splace!

Extract from The Splacist Manifesto:

We will own this city.
We will take it back.
We will link and shift; across time, space, people, places and processes
We will weave throughout the fabric of people’s lives.
We will unpick it.

We will affect and be affected.
We will glory in the moment, the collage, the marking and then passing on.

We reject your shopping centre, your pavement, your cultural quarter;
We will undermine pre-defined spaces. We reject them.

We will reclaim the city, not for you, but with you.
We are you.

Splacism is a contemporary mode of practice proposed by Paul Conneally. A new set of ideologies defined by Hannah Nicklin and Nikki Pugh. A hop, skip and a jump away from phsychogeography and the works of the situationist international. Think space, place and splice. Developed empirically by whoever’s interested.

Paul Conneally
May 24 2015

Loughborough Carillon:

Loughborough Carillon Tower War Memorial, Paul Conneally, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Across The Far Bank

this late spring evening
a streak of kingfisher blue
across the far bank

Paul Conneally
The Boathouse
May 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rising Excitement - King Power Stadium

rising excitement
the turnstile assistant
gives me a wink

Paul Conneally
King Power Stadium
Leicester May 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Visitors

The Visitors

It's early May. Leicester City FC are hosting south coast opponents Southampton, The Saints. Both clubs need a win. Southampton are hunting a place in the Europa Cup and Leicester fighting relegation from the Premier to the Championship League.

Many of the Southampton fans are in shorts, some coupled with flip-flops. Maybe it's living by the sea, it's surely not shorts weather today here in the English East Midlands.

They arrive in coaches, buy burgers and drinks from the vans outside the ground and then make their way into the visitors' end. The atmosphere is good.

season's end
police share nods and smiles
with away fans

Paul Conneally
King Power Stadium
Leicester, 9th May 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Roll-up - Paul Conneally, King Power Stadium, May 10 2015

Two young Leicester City football fans have a roll-up, a cigarette, before City's fixture against Southampton. The Foxes (Leicester City) came out 2 nil victors and a step nearer towards escaping relegation to the Championship from the Premier League.

when Saturday comes
a pint a pie
and a game of two halves

Paul Conneally
May 2015

Monday, May 04, 2015

May Day

Haiku Photography Paul Conneally

May Day
a bag of French fries
and a Big Mac

Paul Conneally

Photo: Loughborough - Paul Conneally May 1 2015

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial

WWW1 Paul Conneally Cultural Forager Poet Artist

'Loughborough Carillon Tower & War Memorial was built after WW1 to commemorate the men of the town who gave their lives. Unique in Britain, it is the only purpose built carillon tower.

Set within the beautiful Queen's Park the tower is also home to a museum, 3 rooms packed with military memorabilia. Including one room dedicated to the Leicestershire Yeomanry.

Climb the 138 steps, past the 47 bells and you are out onto the balcony with fantastic views across Loughborough.'

Above text from Go Leicestershire

In 1999 artist Paul Conneally proposed to Charnwood Borough Council planning committee that the Carillon Tower be turned into a Peace Beacon with the addition of a helter skelter slide around the external walls of the tower. The proposal itself was the artwork as Conneally knew, correctly, that the proposal would be rejected but would have to be considered. The proposal was made in the form of a poem and resulted in newspaper coverage and media discussion of the piece.

As Britain embarks on a frenzy of state funded events between 2014 and 2018 to commemorate 100 Years passing since the carnage of World War 1 Conneally will formally once again propose the transformation in some way of the Carillon Tower War Memorial into a more upfront peace proposing landmark whilst still remembering all those from all sides that lost their lives in the conflict, the war (Conneally will not call it the 'Great War') of 1914 to 1918 and all other wars too.

Photograph: Paul Conneally May 1st 2015

Pedestrian Zone

Pedestrian Zone
Paul Conneally
May 1 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Curious Love Splash

Text Art piece by Paul Conneally - Cultural Forager

Curious Love Splash

world summit to bring you weapons

a big fan not just of peace

these women never die grubby

once upon a future true heroes

finding joy in the gathering

curious love splash

blood and conservation make a bright ballet

seasonal monotone delights

poetic train giving tourists new voice

hand in hand a biting of words

Paul Conneally

11th april 2005

this shreadline piece was originally entitled 'a biting of words'' it was created out of cut up headlines from 'culture' a magazine funded by the uk arts council given away with tyneside newspaper 'the journal'

the artist picked his copy up in the swallow hotel newcastle-upon-tyne

the tuesday after easter 2005

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Paul Conneally
April 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Trees Spreading Their Arms

Two women sit on one of the water drop shaped metal benches in Thurmaston made by sculptor Richard Thornton with a haiku fragment written during the Charnwood Arts project The Sound Of Water workshops that I led with massive support from Jemma Bagley. The words we decided upon are laser cut into the bench, in fact they are cut out of the bench.

The words that these young Muslim women sit on are 'trees spreading their arms'. I'd like to feel that our communities across Charnwood are like these trees, spreading their arms to welcome new members into them, wherever they are from.

Paul Conneally
April 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Car Wash

her hand on his knee
huge brushes spin 
against the windscreen

Paul Conneally
April 22 2015

Photo: Car Wash Shelthorpe Loughborough UK

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Maurice Maguire

Maurice Maguire - artist - curator - cultural geographer

Photo: Paul Conneally

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Queen's Park, Loughborough

Queen's Park, Loughborough,UK
Paul Conneally
April 22 2015

Eddie Izzard hits the Labour Party campaign trail in Loughborough

Matthew O'Callaghan and Eddie Izzard in Loughborough Market Place UK

Comedian Eddie Izzard hit the streets of Loughborough in the heart of England to show his support for local Labour Party candidate Matthew O'Callaghan in the UK's 2015 general election.

O'Callaghan could oust sitting Tory MP, Nicky Morgan, from the Loughborough seat which she holds with just a 3,700 majority at the moment. Izzard urged everyone in Loughborough to get out and vote and when they do to vote Labour, vote O'Callaghan.

Izzard is touring the whole of the UK supporting the Labour Party. He volunteered to do the tour to show his personal support for Labour.

Loughborough was bathed in sunshine for Matthew and Eddie's town centre walkabout and they both stopped to have selfies taken with locals out shopping and workers from local shops and businesses.

Paul Conneally

April 22 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Fixture

spring fixture
a fan hands a policeman
an ice-cream

Paul Conneally
King Power Stadium
Leicester 2014

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Parade of Life: Poems Inspired by Japanese Prints

Parade of Life: Poems Inspired by Japanese Prints, came out of my work as haiku poet in residence at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in 2002.

The book publishes poems written by a wide range of participants alongside the Japanese woodblock prints that inspired them.

It was a joy to work with the museum staff and participants over my time with the exhibition and particularly with fellow poet Alan Summers who worked with me in the selection of the poems to be published from the hundreds that were written.

Paul Conneally
April 2014

Kings 3 Cafe - Kings Norton

'Kings 3 Cafe'
Paul Conneally
The Fold, Kings Norton, UK

Friday, April 17, 2015

Carpet Talk

Carpet Talk
Paul Conneally
Beaumont Leys
April 2015

Kerb and Tyre Mark - The Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York Group April 2015

The collating / collaging of Colin Murphy and Paul Conneally's long series of photos of the IP kerb and tyre mark by the Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York group and we are back with John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg and their 'Automobile Tire Print - 1953' where Cage made a voluntary tire print for Rauschenberg by driving a car with paint on its wheels along a strip of stuck together sheets of paper - our tyre mark was involuntarily made by some driver or another and spotted by Colin Murphy opposite New Parks Library.

'Automobile Tire Print' Robert Rauschenberg 1953

'Involuntary Painting' is a term first coined in this context by New York based artist Millree Hughes and further developed by Hughes with British artist and poet Paul Conneally.

'Imagine an alien lands on Earth with all the knowledge of modern painting but never having seen one. What might they mistake for a painting as they walk around?'

'Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York' is a project / work conceived by Hughes and Conneally for and with Soft Touch Arts,New Parks Library and local community adults and children in Leicester UK. The project received support from Arts Council England and Leicester City Council.

Members of the 'Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York' work to collage the Involuntary Painting photo series of a kerb and tyre mark by Paul Conneally and Colin Murphy

Leicester April 15 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Albion Inn - Loughborough

The Albion Inn, Loughborough

The Albion Inn is a traditional English canal side pub.

It's on the canal bank in the heart of Loughborough. To get to it by car requires driving up a single track road along the canal bank itself. Not for the faint hearted at night.

It's a small pub. It doesn't come with many frills.

The pub generally has four ales on sale and food available most days at lunch and in the early evening.

Paul Conneally
April 2015

Captain America

Captain America
Paul Conneally

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spider-Man in Loughborough

Spider-Man in Loughborough
The independent supermarket franchise, Nisa, has taken over the only pub in Shelthorpe, Loughborough, The Hunters Moon, and turned it into a shop. Today they were out touting for business with men dressed as Spider-Man standing on Park Road waving to the passing traffic.

Paul Conneally
April 2015

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

SAVAGE NUNEATON - Colin Murphy 2015

'SAVAGE NUNEATON' - Colin Murphy 2015

'SAVAGE NUNEATON' is a frottage piece by Colin Murphy made as part of Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York in New Parks, Leicester.

The piece is one of a number of pieces made by the IP1NPNY group during a session where they met through artists Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally, the work of Max Ernst, then explored and identified 'involuntary paintings' in the area around Aikman Avenue shops in New Parks, near New Parks Library where the group is based, then making frottage, rubbings, of and from them.

The works were made on the day before King Richard III was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral and are collectively called 'The King Richard III Municipal Services Memorial Collection'. Many of the memorial collection feature sewerage manhole covers and other service access plates.

It is a voluntary artwork out of a feature initially identified as an 'involuntary painting'.

The New Parks community involuntary painting group is linked with a group of artists in New York who exchange comments and encouragement with them via the internet.

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York is a project conceived by artists Millree Hughes (New York, USA) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough, UK) with and for Soft Touch Arts and New Parks Library with support from Arts Council England.

Note: Involuntary Painting is a term invented and coined for use in this context by Millree Hughes and further developed by Hughes with Paul Conneally:

'If an alien landed on Earth programmed with all the knowledge of modern art and painting what might they as they wandered around mistake for a painting?'

These mistakes are what Hughes and Conneally call 'involuntary paintings'. Surfaces and objects marked by time, mould, human and natural activity as stand-ins for the pigment, ground, support etc of voluntary painting, voluntary art.

April 2014