Saturday, July 30, 2016

Five Hundred Yards

an elderly couple sit on a bench  on La Croisette Cannes France - photograph by Paul Conneally 2016

An elderly couple sits down in the shade for a while.

They take the weight off their feet and watch the world go by.

His leg gently resting against her knee.

Years ago they walked La Croisette a small hand each between them.

A little girl lifted and swung every ten steps along the way.

Just ten minutes sat here and off again.

five hundred yards
of bonjours
an espresso
at Bar 72
and then home

Little Onion

Photograph: Paul Conneally, Cannes, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Kiosk LE 8 La Croisette - Cannes - France

The promenader on La Croisette in Cannes is prone to get hot, thirsty and sometimes even hungry as one walks, jogs, skates or cycles up and down this most famous of seafronts.

It's a good job then that there is a series of food and drink kiosks along its length and beyond right around to the public beaches of Cannes La Bocca. Each kiosk is numbered which is useful for meeting up with others or as an aide memoire to where you parked your car.

Kiosk Le 8 is situated near the merry-go-round at the Palais des Festivals end of La Croisette.

It's hard to resist something cold and sweet on a hot French Riviera summer's day:

the ice-cream seller
points out the way to me
with an ice-cream

Little Onion

Photograph and text: Paul Conneally 2016

Early Morning Bathers - Cannes 2016

Early morning bathers on Cannes beach july 2016 Paul Conneally (haibun haiku Little Onion)

Between around 7.30 and 10 in the morning is primetime for bathers, many of them middle to old age, on the public beaches of Cannes. It's fairly quiet at this time and the sun is warm without being burning hot. They come without ceremony and if getting changed do so under a handheld towel. Grandfathers and Grandmothers sometimes with their grandchildren but most often alone wading out into the warm shallows and beyond. And then it's up on to La Croisette for a coffee before a visit to the bakery for the first baguette buy of the day.

morning shadows
a swim first he thinks
then home for a shave

Little Onion

Photographs: Paul Conneally, Cannes, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Candy Sculpture No. 2980 by Laurence Jenkell 2015

Art Sculpture La Croisette The Grand Hotel Cannes

Laurence Jenkell's large candy sculptures have been a feature around Cannes, especially along La Croisette, for a few years now. The artist has had an obsession with the 'candy' form making many many variations on the same shape. She works from a studio in Vallouris, which is just outside Cannes and which plays host to many other artists too.

I like Jenkell's candy sculptures and don't tire of them but this presentation in the gardens of the Grand Hotel in Cannes is for me blighted by the over large text plaque featuring the artist's name and the contact for her gallery / agent. But then again this is Cannes.

Paul Conneally
July 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Haze

After a long journey to the Port of Dover due to traffic chaos caused by 'increased security measures' put in place by the French border forces we are waved through without showing our passports and straight on to a waiting ferry.

summer haze
a gull crossing the channel
on a ship's mast

Little Onion

Photo: 'Onboard the Pride of Burgandy Cross Channel Ferry' Paul Conneally 2016

#haiku #boat #ferry reading #photography #sea #sailing #poetry #mindfulness

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Little Onion - 30 Dollars and You

Little Onion - 30 Dollars and You

'Beneath the Pavement the Beach'
Little Onion 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Coach Karl Brown at Shenton Primary School Leicester

Coach Karl Brown

Was great to be working with Coach Karl Brown, a legend in English basketball, on To the Hoop a transition workshop with Year 6 pupils in Leicester Schools. A collaboration between Leicester City Council Community Safety Team, Leicester City Council Raising Achievement Team, Leicestershire Police, the PCC and Leicester City Schools. The sessions use sport, performance art, philosophy for children and best practice PSHE and Citizenship education to explore going up to secondary school and specifically knife crime and the law of joint enterprise.

Paul Conneally
Shenton Primary School
Leicester 2016

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Venture Theatre - Ashby de la Zouch

Venture Theatre  community theatre in the heart of North West Leicestershire Paul Conneally

It's good to see that at least some 'little theatres' and their ilk continue to exist in some communities across the UK. I had the pleasure of giving a performative talk here at the Venture Theatre in Ashby de la Zouch before the first public community reading of the new audio drama 'The Winter Garden' by Matthew Pegg.

The theatre is tiny, cosy, and welcoming with a bar in the auditorium itself.

I hereby 'big up' Venture Theatre and the dedicated group that help run it for, in and with the community it sits in!

Paul Conneally
July 2016

More photographs from around the theatre:

poster The Winter Garden Wordswoth and Coleridge at Coleorton Hall

Thursday, July 07, 2016

This Hedgerow

this hedgerow
strung with stars
elderflower wine

Little Onion

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Got That Bingo Feeling - Loughborough 2016

involuntary painting Loughbohemia some call it Loughborough Paul Conneally
'Got That Bingo Feeling'

Do you know it? That 'bingo' feeling? When things suddenly come together, make sense? A realisation?

Feels good. A rush of serotonin. Moving on with new confidence.

Sometimes you have to work hard within that sense of 'this is never going to happen' or 'I just don't get this' until BINGO! Things fall into place and it's on to the next challenge with new enthusiasm.

Nothing comes easy but welcome the toil, invite in chance, ride the bad times and savour those bingo moments.

Paul Conneally
June 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Courtyard - Forest Lodge Primary School, Leicester

Soft Touch Arts Arcts Council England Leicester Involuntary Painting Millree Hughes Paul Conneally

The Courtyard - Forest Lodge Primary School

The Courtyard is a representation of the area outside the main reception of the new Forest Lodge Primary School building in New Parks, Leicester.

I introduced 9 and 10 year olds at the school to Max Ernst, Dada and frottage. It builds on my work with them around Guy Debord and the Situationist International the week before and combining the two we argue that the above is just as much a picture of the front of the school as any traditional painting or drawing. The work is part of a three workshops that I also consider a piece in itself, the children and their actions part of the work.

'The Gallery of the Street is Open' is a slogan from the Involuntary Painting movement that myself and New York based artist Millree Hughes initiated in 2013/14. We have pursued actions across New Parks and New York with Soft Touch Arts and New York based artists from the IP Movement including Brad Melamed, Andrea Evans, Lucien Samaha, Michael Lee Nirenberg, Cezare Ramone and Judy Rhee.

This school based section of our work is with Forest Lodge and Parks Primary. Pupils involved have now been given disposable cameras to photograph Involuntary Paintings and other things that strike the children as they walk into school.

The work is with and for Soft Touch Arts, Arts Council England, Leicester City Council Libraries Service and the Raising Achievement Team. Artists Lauren Ann Park and Sally Norman have been invaluable in their work and support across all Involuntary Painting New Parks : New York interventions and workshops.

Paul Conneally
June 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

'Pickled' - Paul Conneally 2015 #shaunryderbeermatshow

Cathy Wade Kevin Ryan Paul Conneally #shaunryderbeermatshow

Paul Conneally
WarrIngton, UK, 2015

Part of #shaunryderbeermatshow a piece conceived, curated and executed by artists Cathy Wade and Kevin Ryan. 'Pickled' featured in the Birmingham Pavilion of the North Bienale in Warrington 2015 commissioned by Ikon which was curated by Wade and Ryan with their #shaunryderbeermatshow. The beermat now has a life of its own given to it by Wade and Ryan and the many works made by many artists featuring it or out of it.

A tour de force of detournement.

The Sean Ryder Beermat Show: Birmingham Pavillion North Biennale (Photo Cathy Wade 2015) 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Head Walking

maps mapping map New Parks Paul Conneally cultura forager art psychogeography  head walking

As part of my workshop piece 'The Gallery of the Street is Open' participants spend time blindfolded visualising their walk / route to work drawing directly in a process I call 'head walking'.

It's interesting as although the lines and marks do not generally resemble any conventional map the drawer, when the blindfold is removed, is able to label the line with shops, landscape, urban features, feelings and words.

Paul Conneally
Leicester, June 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Marion the Beekeeper

Loughborough Open Gardens bees Paul Conneally

Marion the beekeeper despite torrential rain explains the joys and complexities of keeping bees in a suburban garden.

Marion opened her Loughbohemia (some call it Loughborough) garden as part of the National Gardens Scheme along with two other gardens including a Secret Craft Fair coordinated by Janet Currie.

Photograph: Paul Conneally

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

After The Mowing

after the mowing
a cup of sakura tea
in the old orchard

Little Onion

for Sake no Hana the modern Japanese restaurant in Mayfair, London where Little Onion is resident haiku master.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York Library Installation - Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally 2016

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York culminated with images of things identified as 'involuntary paintings' by members of the Creative New Parks group being incorporated into the fabric of the New Parks Centre Library. One of the pieces was a series of photographs of a kerb and tyre mark running up the road , St. Oswald's Road, opposite the library, which were applied to the library front windows. Here's one of the original images:

The community working with Conneally photocopied the tyre mark that had been discovered by Colin Murphy, a member of the group, and photographed on Conneally's iPhone 4. They then put the photocopies together sticking them down on a roll of lining paper creating something that resembled Rauchenberg's 'Tire Print'

Above is 'Tire Print' a voluntary artwork by Robert Rauschenberg made with John Cage. Below is the group's work drying in the library.

Vinyls of the original images were printed and made to measure the front windows of the library. These were applied to the windows by Conneally with Sally Norman of Soft Touch Arts who facilitated the whole project.
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Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York was conceived by artists Millree Hughes (New York USA) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough UK) for and with Soft Touch Arts, Leicester City Council and Arts Council England.

Note: The term ‘Involuntary Painting’ was first ‘invented’, coined and used in this context by Hughes to describe marks on objects, walls, buildings made by the weather, ageing, persons, animals, graffiti, abuse and other means, that he came across in his travels around New York, that seemed to him could be and were similar to modern paintings found in galleries and museums across the world.

Hughes, working with Conneally, developed the idea further, and together they came up with a simple way to describe what an involuntary painting was in the hope that by identifying and sharing such involuntary paintings they might encourage the reexamination of what painting is, has been and could be.

“Imagine that and alien lands on Earth programmed with all the knowledge of contemporary modern art but never having seen a painting. What might this alien mistake for a painting? These things, never intended as art, as paintings, are what we now propose as involuntary paintings” – Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally 2014

'Dear Deirdre' - Paul Conneally 2016

Drawing from the Dear Deirdre series 2016 by Paul Conneally

'I had breathtakingly wonderful sex with my former boss'

drawing from the Dear Deirdre series by Paul Conneally 2016

'I'm married and expecting my lover's baby who has no idea I have a husband'

from the Dear Deirdre series by Paul Conneally

'My wife went ballistic when she caught me cheating with her friend'

drawing from the Dear Deirdre series by Paul Conneally

'I cant stop thinking about my colleague but it will break my fiancee's parents' hearts'

'Dear Deirdre' is a series of drawings by Paul Conneally in response to the question 'Where do our morals come from?'. The source material here is the 'Dear Deirdre' problem page of The Sun newspaper, in fact The Sun Online. Conneally was brought to the Dear Deirdre page through his ongoing work 'Top Ten Returns' with the 'Dear Deirdre' page being in the top ten returns for the term 'morals' when searched for at The Sun website.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Leonor Fini - Paris - 1932

Leonor Fini, Paris, 1932, photography by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Friday, May 27, 2016

Japanese Passports to Feature Hokusai Ukiyo e Prints

Japanese passports are to feature reproductions of famous Hokusai prints on their pages.

There will be 24 prints all taken from Hokusai's famous ukiyo e series 36 Views of Mount Fuji.

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued some sample images to show what the passports will look like. The Japanese government will start issuing the passports in 2019 as Japan gets ready for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The external covers of the passports will remain the same as they are now Blue for five year passports and Red for ten year passports.

Paul Conneally

May 2016

EMI ANRAKUJI Untitled 455

EMI ANRAKUJI  Untitled 455  2015 japanese artist   new york photographer


Untitled 455 


Exhibition: 1800 Millim├Ętre

"Emi Anrakuji represents herself as an alchemist of images and a catalyst for daydreams and desires. The vignettes of jigsaw puzzle-like photographs of herself and others blur the boundaries between documentary and staged photography. Posing naked, clothed, or partially dressed, Anrakuji takes a uniquely obsessive interest in her own body. Her legs, arms, toes, lips and hair create arresting compositions and erotic ambience. Anrakuji's obsession with the human body is a result, in part, from her long periods spent hospitalized: after graduating from art school in Tokyo in the mid-1980s, she suffered a cerebral tumor that prevented her from making art for more than a decade. During her gradual recovery, she began to make block prints, then photographs."

More of Emi Anrakuji's work along with that from other cutting edge photographers and artists can be found at Miyako Yoshinaga.

The Miyako Yoshinaga gallery is in New York and is a 'must visit' art venue.


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Around The Rhubarb

I miss them the rag-and-bone men of my childhood. Taking things out to them to be rewarded not with money but perhaps a balloon. In my head a green balloon although I know it wasn't always so. The smell of the horse and the wonderment when it chose to peacefully urinate outside the house. My grandmother's house. The steam.

I dig in some fresh manure
around the rhubarb

Little Onion

from the haibun archives of Little Onion (Paul Conneally) - you can read a little about how writer Ray Rasmussen used this haibun as a model and how modelling from other works can help in the writing of new works here : HAIBUN TODAY

Paul Conneally (Little Onion) writer and artist eating Rhubarb
Little Onion seen eating rhubarb at Loughborough University. You can watch and hear him talking about rhubarb and politics here: DON'T VOTE TORY EAT RHUBARB 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Glitter Rubs Right Off And You're Nowhere

broadway loughborough 2016 Paul Conneally
the glitter rubs right off and you're nowhere
Paul Conneally

Tuesday, May 17, 2016