Sunday, September 21, 2014

Concrete Mining Helmets

Concrete Mining Helmets - Snibston Discovery Museum
Photo: Paul Conneally 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Astral Body Of The Earthly Form Finally Separates From It

'the astral body of the earthly form finally separates from it'
Involuntary Painting
Paul Connneally
Whitwick 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Poppy Cross

Poppy Cross
Paul Conneally
Whitwick 2014

Voluntary Victim Of An Illusionary God

Voluntary Victim Of An Illusionary God
Involuntary Painting
Paul Conneally
Whitwick 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Macramé For Beginners

World matters make me feel that Macramé for Beginners is ripe for reiteration and so it's begun. 

Last night in the relative quiet of a small town superstore the screens lit up with Mother Goose as she told her tale of weaponry, words, class struggle and religion. 

knots in string 
the sound of artillery 
and prayer 

This session lasted 13 minutes before the electrical department sussed what was on their bank of flat screens and closed down the show. 

Tomorrow's another day. 

Paul Conneally
September 2014

Click here to see the video:

Macramé For Beginners sees Mother Goose meet Marx and Engels.

Macrame For Beginners caused controversy when Conneally managed to install the video without permission on to the master DVD player of a large national electrical retail store.

The piece was seen and heard on a bank of 26 in store for sale TVs for 48 minutes in the busy retail park store before staff realised that it was not the Cartoon Network and turned it off.

Macrame for Beginners is available for installation and public viewing both in outside, gallery and other locations.


Macramé or macramé is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of hitching (full hitch and double half hitches). It has been used by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Morning Dew

I've never been very clubbable.

This extends to political parties which in a sense are just as much clubs as any other.

Nightclubs, for the most part, aren't clubs because you don't actually have to be a member to gain entrance.

Wear the right shoes, pay your dues and you're in.

morning dew
a cloakroom ticket
stuck to my face

Paul Conneally

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Just Like That

Some call it the 'Vintage' market others the 'Antique' but much of it is more akin to bric-à-brac, a slightly elevated white elephant stall state of affairs.

I say this with affection not spite, for the Friday Loughborough town market, we'll call it vintage, has its own charm and is well worth a visit, a mooch around.

In quiet times, when custom is scarce, it's good to listen in on the stall holders' banter as they joke and do trade deals with each other.

just like that
a toby jug pirate
changes hands

Paul Conneally

Friday, September 12, 2014

From Within Outwards

From Within Outwards
Involuntary Painting
Paul Conneally

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Paul Conneally

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Escape from the coils of the great serpent of illusion

'Escape from the coils of the great serpent of illusion'
Involuntary Painting
Paul Conneally

Monday, September 08, 2014


Involuntary Painting
Paul Conneally 2014


Paul Conneally

from the Loughbohemia series 2014

Sheltered - RIP ROBBO


We pass the old tram shelter
every time we go to the match

Just like us this tram shelter
has never seen a tram in Leicester

Donated to the city in 1934
by hosiery magnate Robert Rowley

It never served its purpose
the tramline never built

Over the years it's been a place
for couples to canoodle

Teenagers to huddle
spray paint messages

Windows smashed it offers
no respite from the wind

Plans have been submitted
to turn it into a coffee bar

Council officers think it's maybe
a good way to make money

More than a disused building
this is a landmark

Leave it be

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Rite Of Passage

his rite of passage
a freezer full
of mother's fruit pies

Verse 3 from the Acorn Bank leg of our Full Bloom Renga.

The a Full Bloom Renga followed the blossom moving through England's orchards from The Mother Orchard at Cothele House in Cornwall to Acorn Bank in Cumbria over a period of three to four weeks.

Full Bloom renga was conceived by artist Anne-Marie Culhane with Paul Conneally, Alec Finlay and Jo Salter for The National Trust, 2010.

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Quick Way - Anne-Marie Culhane and Paul Conneally 2007

The Quick Way - Junicho Renga - Paul Conneally and Anne-Marie Culhane 2007
The Quick Way
A twelve verse Junicho renga in the season of Summer, 16 June 2007 
Barracks Lane Community Garden, Oxford - from the renga archive.

A black bucket
filled with redcurrants
making jelly the quick way

there are many reasons
to celebrate

the magistrate offers
a road safety course
instead of a fine

rail track closed
due to snow

my phone is full
of your messages
which one shall I erase?

on the horns of a dilemma
finding it difficult to rest

bent double
a pair of students seek mushrooms
lit by sunset

we bring my geraniums indoors

in the east end
a line of bulldozers
moves through an allotment

this is my home
I lie flat beneath a vast sky

by the light of the moon
a frog sings
in a puddle

rain drenches
buds and blossoms

Anne-Marie Culhane (master poet)
Paul Conneally (host poet)
Catherine Naysmith
Oonagh Desire
Jo Salter
Dave Jones
Jenny Stanton
Anita Joice
Joseph Conneally
Colin May
Becky Didlick
Gaby Hock

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Paul Conneally
Leicester 2014

A fan on the way to Leicester City versus Arsenal in the Premier League August 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Moving Away From The Pulse Beat

'Moving Away From The Pulse Beat'
Paul Conneally
August 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Afternoon Lull

afternoon lull
the taxi driver finishes
his summer book

Paul Conneally
August 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014


the autumn wind
in one ear

Paul Conneally

August 2014

Works Access Only

Works Access Only
Paul Conneally
August 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two's Company

'Two's Company'
Paul Conneally

Mother Orchard - Wordsearch Landscape - Cothele House

In addition to wordsearch portraits of people in particular spaces, places and time my splacist practice also includes a number of wordsearch landscapes.

These started off as colour coded works similar to the wordsearch portraits but soon came to include works such as the wordsearch landscape of the Mother Orchard, at Cothele House in Cornwall. Essentially it's a standard wordsearch, here made up of the names of all the different apple tree varieties in the Mother Orchard. The work is then printed up in large format, A0 or A1, and placed in a public area, near or in the space itself, with coloured pens hanging around it for visitors to use and circle words they find, so completing the landscape. Some people choose to add their own texts or doodles too. These are all welcome. 

The wordsearch landscape can be taken down and replaced as they get 'finished'. For instance we might choose to replace it every day (complete or not) or some other time unit might be used, each day the same printed wordsearch landscape but completed in different colours, by different people, each one now a finished interacted wordsearch landscape.

Smaller versions can be provided for people to take home and complete by visitors.
Mother Orchard was part of the work I did as part of the Full Bloom Renga for the National Trust with artists Anne-Marie Culhane, Jo Salter and Alec Finlay.

Here's 'OLYMPIC' which is a wordsearch landscape of the London Olympic Development Site made up of words written by participants in the Renewability Haiku Hike that I led through and across the Olympic Development Site as the first digging started. It was installed on the floor of the Mile End Arts Pavillion.

Paul Conneally
August 2014


Paul Conneally
Nice 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The ferry from Calais to Dover is a functional vessel. 

Don't expect frills or luxury save the slightly cut price booze and perfume in the onboard gift shop.

Most of the travellers midday on a summer weekend are tired and frazzled after a long drive through France on their way back from their annual holiday.

The bar is full and usually only one till will be working.

The toilets smell faintly of vomit.

a little girl's Barbie
goes overboard

Paul Conneally

Monday, August 25, 2014

Maurice Takes A Bow

Maurice Maguire - artist - curator - cultural geographer

Photo: Paul Conneally

Sunday, August 24, 2014

One Eye Open

summer's end
the homeless man's dog sleeps
one eye open

Paul Conneally
Reims 2014