Wednesday, February 10, 2016


the dead have spoken my name
yes asshole
it's now two a.m. 
if anything is there 
will you let me take your photograph 
we head home
my relationship with ghosts 
started when I was a child
my relentless search for the paranormal
naked selfies from beyond the grave
ungodly banging from down in the basement
spirits manipulate me
an ambiguous area
shapes made of mist
rising up out of the creek
a pseudo seizure 
recorded voices
crackle into being
an unshakeable belief
in static

paul conneally
february 2016

Friday, February 05, 2016

Tracey Inchley - Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York (Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally 2015 - 2016)

Tracey Inchley pictured in New Parks Library with her portrait, now installed on the end of a bookshelf.

The photograph was taken by Paul Conneally in the New Parks Involuntary Painting Bus Shelter Photo Booth - part of the wider Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York (Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally) work with and for SoftTouch Arts, The Creative New Parks Group, Leicester City Council and Arts Council England 2015 - 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York Installation

February 3rd 2016 - the official opening of Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York, a public art work conceived by Artists Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally and incorporated into the fabric of New Parks Centre Library, Leicester.

The work was made with members of the Creative New Parks group with input from artists in New York, with and for SoftTouch Arts Leicester City Council Libraries and Arts Council England.

This photograph shows one element of the work, a kerb and tyre mark on St Oswald Road, opposite the library and seen in this photograph through the library window, identified and photographed in series as an involuntary painting by local resident Colin Murphy with Conneally and now applied to the windows of the library itself.

This is just one element of the whole IP1NPNY installation which can be viewed and occupied daily (except Sundays) from today onwards at New Parks Library which is itself part of the work.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Richard Woods: Duck Weave - Eastside Projects - Birmingham

Richard Woods: Duck Weave
Eastside Projects - Birmingham
30 January – 9 April 2016
Public Preview: Friday 29 January 2016, 6–8pm

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

RE-TALE: January Blues

January blues
a small queue forms
at the body shop

Paul Conneally

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tiled Panel - Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York

Sally Norman of Soft Touch Arts with the tiled panel made by members of the Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York group out of a visit to the local church, St. Aidan's, to see the 1958 tiled mural on its outside wall, mediated by an Involuntary Painting photographed by New York based photographer Lucien Samaha.

The tiled panel will be installed in New Parks Library along with other works out of the project in early February.

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York was conceived by artists Paul Conneally Loughborough, UK) and Millree Hughes (New York, USA) with Soft Touch Arts, New Parks Library, Arts Council England and Leicester City Council along with New York based artists including Brad Melamed, Andrea Evans, Lucien Samaha, Judy Rhee, Michael Lee Nirenberg and in Florida, Jane Hart.

NB The term Involuntary Painting was invented in this context by Millree Hughes and further developed by Hughes with Conneally: If an alien landed on Earth with all the knowledge of painting and paintings but never having seen one what might it mistake for a painting as it moved about the streets, the world?

21st January 2016
Soft Touch Arts

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Thomas Walker - Artist Curator

 Thomas Walker - Artist Curator -Loughborough - 2015

Artist, Thomas Walker, is caught getting snapped by photographer Kev Ryan on the stairs of Sofa in Loughbohemia (some call it Loughborough) where the artist led exhibition 'Nine Frames', organised by Walker, was taking place.

Photograph: Paul Conneally 2015

Thursday, January 07, 2016

The Ice-Cream Man

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

Paul Conneally
after Issa

Sunday, January 03, 2016

No Person In Dirty Clothes - a sad tale of broken promises and stilted vision in North West Leicestershire

'No Person In Dirty Clothes'

After the forced closing of Coalville's Snibston Discovery Museum, Leicestershire County Council now announce that they will not be opening a smaller mining museum in its place onsite.

Snibston was a shining cultural jewel in the heart of the East Midlands, centred around the former Snibston colliery site. Despite huge public and national opposition Leicestershire Couny Council recently closed the museum citing financial reasons but declared that it would be opening a new smaller mining museum, in and around the former colliery buildings and headstock which is a listed national monument.

The council has now gone back on its word announcing on the 11th of January 2016 that it would now not be opening a new museum at Snibston, one that celebrates the proud mining history and heritage of North West Leicestershire, again citing financial concerns.

Plans are currently in progress to disperse the many thousands of artefacts and displays that made up the celebrated Snibston Discovery Museum. These include huge steam trains, beam engines and one of the best fashion collections in the UK. Leicester City Council are looking to take back some of the engines and other artefacts that were passed to Snibston by them for display. Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, is keen to find ways to upgrade the already excellent Abbey Pumping Station museum and house steam engines and other gems from the industrial revolution and beyond in the heart of Leicester. 

Despite similar financial cuts handed down from central government to Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council has been and continues to invest in cultural and heritage projects including the acclaimed King Richard III Visitor Centre. This approach is already bringing a payback in terms of increasing visitors to Leicester City and the money that they bring with them and spend in local businesses.

Snibston was beginning to gain a reputation, through its Transform Snibston project, for bringing fine art and heritage together as well as being the destination for many school, college and university trips for educational purposes. 

It appears that some elected members of the Tory led Leicestershire County Council do not share the Labour led Leicester City Council vision of preserving and promoting local culture and heritage preferring instead to see a one off financial hit in the selling off of public land and facilities to property developers and building companies.

Paul Conneally
Snibston, Coalville
January 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Apple Peel Poetry Installation - Paul Conneally 2014

Initial sketch plan for making ‘Involuntary Apple Peel Poems’ a performative, collaborative art intervention - Paul Conneally, Loughborough University Fruit Route, October 2014.

Visitors to the Fruit Route were asked by Conneally to select an apple and peel it trying to do so in ‘one peel’ trying to get as long an apple peeling as possible.

The length was measured in centimetres and this with the persons age was used to find a quote in a book of Wordsworth poetry that was then changed by replacing nouns with apple or Apples.

The new poems were hung with the peel that helped create them on the Landscaping and Gardening Society Shed as poetry installation.

The apples were then pressed on site by Transition Loughborough to make apple juice and cider.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Container Drivers

Look at a car park for two days
Look at a grey port for two days
Train line, stone and grey
Train line, stone and grey,


Uh-containers and their drivers
Uh-containers and their drivers
Uh-containers and their drivers

Mark E. Smith

Lyric excerpt from Container Drivers by The Fall

'Container Drivers'
Digital photograph of a photograph in the book Renegade
Paul Conneally 2015

Thirty Pieces of Silver - Paul Conneally 1999

Lunch in Loughborough Market - Paul Conneally 2015

THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER - Paul Conneally 1999

Artist / Poet Paul Conneally created this audio piece out of field recordings made during a psychogeography drift or splacist exploration as Conneally prefers to term it, through Loughborough Market. It features the sound of a three-piece busking jazz band that he passed during the drift. The piece seeks to convey the mood set up in the artist as he passed through the market through the sounds. The piece forms part of a larger piece created out of the drift in video and audio for The Gallery of The Future.

Monday, December 28, 2015

What is Haiku?

'What is haiku?'

Paul Conneally talks in Loughborough with poets Debi Bender and Susumu Takiguchi,later editing out his own voice to better hear Debi and Susumu.

Hear the interview here: What Is Haiku?


Around the end of a chain link fence, a dark place of rushing water.

The Stonebow Bridge, also known as the Monk’s Bridge for this is the path they used, off to tend their livestock in the days before the dissolution of the monasteries.

We listen for ghosts.


on the old stone bridge

she fastens his coat

Paul Conneally

First World Haiku Festival Ginko
Loughborough, 2000

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Stacked - George Sfougaras

'Paul Conneally' by George Sfougaras

Part of George's experiments with light and dark - acrylic paint on birch board then cut up into squares and recombined... for me the work also works when stacked...

'Stacked Portrait of Paul Conneally' - George Sfougaras

George Sfougaras works out of his studio in the new and brilliant Leicester Print Workshop where continually explores the possibilities of painting, print, art.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Contextually Happy

Contextually Happy - Paul Conneally December 2 2015

Contextually Unhappy - Paul Conneally December 2 2015

Both windows are in the old Towles Building, a former hosiery factory in Loughborough, UK.

The building is a 'locally' listed building. In the Charnwood Borough Council listing one part of the building in terms of fenestration (windows) and brickwork is described as 'contextually unhappy'. The other part of the building we must assume is then 'contextually happy'.

I visited the building, which now hosts the wonderful furniture recycling charity SOFA, to see the Nine Frames Project, a project that sees part of the top floor host an 'unrestricted' art show and happening space devised and curated by artist Thomas Walker with other art students from Loughborough University. It was in preparing for this visit, with artist photographer Kev Ryan of Charnwood Arts, that I discovered the official listing description of the building and for the first time the term 'contextually unhappy'. It immediately struck home with me, it's unwritten counterpoint too 'contextually happy'.

A text piece came to mind the words 'CONTEXTUALLY UNHAPPY' perhaps on a banner, hand painted or otherwise on a bed sheet or some other substrate or echoing the nearby Brush factory, a neon sign, hung on the unhappy side of the building. Another 'CONTEXTUALLY HAPPY' hung on the happy side of the building, the Nottingham Road frontage, straight opposite the busy T-junction if possible.

It opens the possibility of a psychogeography type, a splacist drift, through areas labelling stuff contextually happy or unhappy, based on our own reaction to things in relation to other things around them.

Catalogues and maps.

Talking it through with Kev I begin to get drawn more to the 'CONTEXTUALLY HAPPY' slogan.

Yes I'd wear a T-Shirt with that on it. Better make some.

Paul Conneally
Loughborough, UK
December 3, 2015

Additional Material:


Charnwood Borough Council Local Listing Text:

"Hosiery Factory. Late C19 with C20 addition (on Clarence St). Red/brown brick with piers and terra-cotta cornice surmounting stone string course. Quite plain. Substantial stone dressed neoclassical entrance set within rounded corner ?tower? linking workshops. Flat roof with upstanding parapet and shaped gable to corner tower. 3 storeys. 10 bays fronting Nottingham Road, 6 bays fronting Clarence St (excluding extension). Prominent square boiler stack with corbelled head. Original small paned metal windows largely preserved. Extension in style of original but fenestration and brick colour contextually unhappy."

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Freedom For A Song

"Freedom For A Song comes from INDIFFERENT, a series of prints, images and texts, by artist, poet and cultural forager Paul Conneally. INDIFFERENT emerges from cultural forages in and around Snibston Discovery Park and the villages that surround it. The forages form part of the process underpinning Spoil Heap Harvest a piece commissioned by Snibston as part of TRANSFORM.

INDIFFERENT sees Conneally juxtaposing the poetry of the playwright and poet Francis Beaumont, who was born in Thringston, North West Leicestershire, with not frottages but presages of plant and other materials, made on a cultural forage through the Snibston Colliery spoil heap, now a country park. The artist invites the viewer to seek for pictures within the presaged image in the same way that a psychologist might ask a patient to look for images in the famous Rorschach or Ink Blot Test. What can you see? You can report back to the artist what you feel the image to be by email: or by commenting on this page using the comment form.

Throughout Spoil Heap Harvest Conneally will make psychogeographic cultural forages through the wider footprint of the former Snibston colliery which is in Coalville, North West Leicestershire. The forages and interventions will be mediated by the poetry of William Wordsworth, Francis Beaumont and the paintings of John Constable. All three of these cultural giants deeply connected with the area in ways for the most part unknown by local and wider communities.

Wordsworth lived in the area, with his whole family, for a whole year and it was at Coleorton that he first read his completed masterpiece, The Prelude, to Coleridge. Constable, Sir Walter Scott and many other famous artists and writers clamoured to North West Leicestershire to stay with George Beaumont at his home Coleorton Hall, just down the road from Snibston. George Beaumont himself was the lead benefactor for the setting up the National Gallery in London."


Snibston has now been closed down by Leicestershire County Council it sits at this moment closed up with all the people's cultural and heritage artefacts locked up inside.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Circle of Fire the World's First Renga Ramble Sheffield 2007

It's over eight years ago now since artist Anne-Marie Culhane and myself undertook the world's first ever 'Renga Ramble', CIRCLE OF FIRE, in Sheffield.

It was part of the Off The Shelf festival of reading and writing in October 2007 and with / for GROW SHEFFIELD.

Paul Conneally
November 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mosquito At My Ear

Mosquito at my ear—
does he think
I’m deaf?

Kobayashi Issa


from The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa, edited and with an introduction by Robert Hass. Copyright 1994 by Robert Hass. Source: The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho Buson and Issa (The Ecco Press, 1994)

Photograph: Paul Conneally, Loughborough, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

RE-TALE: PANDORA - Leicester Highcross Shopping Centre

Paul Conneally
Highcross Shopping Centre
Leicester UK
November 2015

from Paul Conneally's ongoing series of works: RE-TALE 

Sunday, November 08, 2015

The Cinderella Bench - Loughborough 2015

Cinderella had to
help her sisters to
put on their new
dresses and arrange
their hair

The Cinderella Bench is one of eight benches installed in Loughborough as part of the Loogabarooga Festival of Children's Illustration 2015.

Photo: Paul Conneally 2015