Sunday, April 20, 2014


Paul Conneally
Leicester 2014

"The Gallery of the Street is open" - Paul Conneally, Mougins, 2013

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Her Miscarriage


a single crocus 
pushing through the frost
her miscarriage 

Paul Conneally

Photograph: Black Cherry Lounge - Paul Conneally, Nottingham, 2014



Haiku require a kigo, a seasonal word or reference and in this poem it is crocus signifying spring - the frost reference puts us with certainty in early spring. The juxtaposition of the first two lines with the last strikes up what can be called 'surprising comparison'. We are jolted by the  starkness of the simple fragment that is the third line 'her miscarriage' after the simple beauty and hope of 'a single crocus pushing through the frost'. A third element to the poem is in it's presentation alongside a seemingly unrelated photograph - no frost no crocus - an urban street scene with a sign for a club 'The Black Cherry Lounge'.

Monday, April 14, 2014

DP 67 Telegraph Texts No.1

'DP 67' - Paul Conneally 2014
Latitude 52 deg 45' 55.17" N 
Longitude 1 deg 12' 21.87" W

DP 67 is number one in the Telegraph Texts series by Paul Conneally. 

Wooden telegraph poles once lined all Britain's streets but are now disappearing, replaced by underground cable systems. Conneally captures images of official identifying letters, numbers and codes used to identify the telegraph poles along with other unofficial texts, marks and signs. 

The images are mapped and published with their GPS coordinates.

"The gallery of the street is open" - Paul Conneally 2013 Mougins, France.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

14 Nights in Carnac


14 Nights in Carnac 
mixed media - book and oak leaves
Paul Conneally 2006

14 Nights in Carnac - a piece performed and made in July 2006. The artist spends 14 nights in Carnac famous for its megaliths its standing stones. He lives and sleeps below two oak trees. Each night reading sections of Haruki Murakami's The Wind-up Bird Chronicle plucking an oak leaf from the trees and placing it inside the book as a bookmark.

The experience exists as the book with the 14 leaves pressed inside it.

In 2007 images of the pressed leaves inside the book are transferred on to white ceramic bathroom tiles and form part of Conneally's exhibition in Mile End Arts Pavilion 'The Renewability' curated by  Tomomi Iguchi.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Rocket Stove Made From Two Vegetable Oil Cans - Windmill CommunityGardens

Rocket Stove Made From Cooking Oil Cans, Windmill Community Gardens, Nottingham

If you would like to make one of these rocket stoves yourself here is a link to a step by step guide from Andy Hunt on the Permaculture Website: How to make a rocket stove

Paul Conneally
March 2014

Photo: Paul Conneally

Saturday, March 22, 2014


The Wooing Fit (after Beaumont) - Paul Conneally 2011

If I were to close my eyes today
Could you tell me if they're blue or grey?
Could you read my handwriting and say
Something special about my life?

If you loved me you could tell me things
I didn't even know about myself
So tell me now tell me now do
Does this love still stand?

If I washed your toothpaste grin away
Would your ring of confidence still stay?
Would you take my hand and softly say
Paranoia's not attractive?

If you loved me you could tell me things
I didn't even know about myself
So tell me now tell me now do
Does this love still stand?

Paul Conneally


a repetition of stars
the oar's slow groans
beneath Aquarius

two children found her
floating face up in the lake
one breast visible
below cold murky water
the silver back of a pike

beyond the reeds
clouds linger
on another night

her father throws soil
onto the wooden casket
November drizzle
slowly soaking through his suit
the memory of a smile

Venus' and Mars' abysmal fires
calm and cool in Grasmere Lake
paul conneally & debra woolard bender



William Wordsworth after Pickersgill by Susumu Takiguchi



from first dawn
by day or starlight
everlasting motion

little jimmy norcliffe
he looked after me
sorted me out
with a good shovel
and a pair of wellingtons

high objects
the mean and vulgar
works of man

showed me how to dig
without hurting my back
to lay concrete slabs
write out betting slips
on a bag of cement

enduring things
life and nature

paul conneally

Invigilator forms part of the Walk to Work series of pieces.

Invigilator : Derby Paul Conneally transposes Nikki Pugh's journey to work as invigilator in Birmingham gallery VIVID to a starting point at Loughborough railway station. Paul catches the first commuter train to arrive. This takes him to Derby from where he then follows the left rights and straight ons of Nikki's walk in Birmingham but this time in Derby until he reaches his work destination which he finds is on a building site. Here he sets up his Invigilator's chair and beside it his visitors book. Paul tidies up the space and then invigilates it asking people passing through the space to fill in the visitors book just as the invigilator at an art gallery does.

The photographic doccumentation of INVIGILATOR : DERBY was undertaken by Kevin Ryan.

INVIGILATOR is a Collaborative piece by Paul Conneally, Nikki Pugh and kevin Ryan

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


warmer than summer
underneath the haystack
the English tongue

she drinks beer
from the supermarket
in the town square
feeding potato-chips
to pigeons and sparrows

how far I've travelled to find 
one need replaces another

her dog growls
at midnight revellers
coming too close
as she sleeps soundly
in the shoe-shop doorway

the night in my hair
turns black
burning stars

paul conneally & debra woolard bender
from The Wordsworth Papers


Wordsworth after Pickersgill by Susumu Takiguchi

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weavers Fields

On Weavers Fields
That's where we meet
You in your blue dress
Me in my jeans

On Weavers Fields
We fall in love
Seal it with a kiss now
On Weavers Fields

On Weavers Fields
We pass the time
Watching the children
On Weavers Fields

On Weavers Fields
We cool the air
The air between us
On Weavers Fields

Paul Conneally

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Leicester: The Edible City - Paul Conneally 2013/14

New Walk Centre - Paul Conneally 2014

I'm now putting together the letter requesting outline planning permission to demolish Leicester City Council's New Walk Centre and change the space it currently occupies into a community orchard.

This takes forward my initial thoughts from 2013 some of which are reported below. 

Here's a link to the original: Leicester the World's First Edible City

"After working closely with my long time collaborator, artist activist, Anne-Marie Culhane, on her ongoing Fruit Routes work across Loughborough University campus, which has now, as EAT YOUR CAMPUS, won the Guardian Sustainability Award 2014, my thoughts on space and how it might be used creatively in a city centre have evolved.

I propose that the Leicester City Council New Walk Centre be demolished and replaced with a large community orchard. The roads and paths from the orchard into and out from the city centre, including the historic New Walk itself, will be planted with fruit trees too. 

Just as Anne-Marie Culhane proposes that Loughborough University becomes the world's first edible campus, I propose that Leicester should become the world's first edible city and that Anne-Marie be invited to work with myself and the City to help make this happen.


Sunday, March 02, 2014

EAT YOUR CAMPUS - Fruit Routes - The Second Planting


Two years on after the first trees were planted on the Fruit Route, an artist led project by Anne-Marie Culhane, across Loughborough University Campus, we planted more trees. 

The planting followed a workshop on pruning, cutting back to keep the previously planted trees  healthy and promote growth.

I wrote between digging and will publish what comes in due course, in the meantime here's the poem I wrote during the first wave of planting:

The Cut in Her Stomach

bare trees
the sound of spades 
across tarmac

we huddle
by a green tractor 
how to plant a tree

cold rain
it’s at least a two man job
a tree like this

the English undergrad
asks everyone
‘what's nepotism?’

a twinge
from the cut in her stomach 
she digs deep

no not cold
just wet
and getting heavier

the lost referee
asks for directions 
to the all weather pitch

hazel whips 
we find a seam 
of hard core

‘with the hedge’ 
he says 'plant three for one
just in case’

she’ll need
a stepladder now
to see the runners' legs

Paul Conneally
written on 18 Febr, 2012 the first day of planting the new Fruit Route at Loughborough University

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Execute by sicchio - a dance score

Execute by sicchio

This is a dance score for the upcoming Quick Shifts on March 16th.

-Find a place to perform this score
-Perform the movement instructions after the word 'execute' is said.
-As the score continues you may start to ignore some movement instructions.
-Have someone take a picture at 2.5min in; 5 min in; 7.5 min in; and at the end
-Tweet the pics with the hashtags: - #improvqu25; #improvqu5; #improvqu75; #improvquend by March 10th
- The images will be collated in their timeframe groupings and projected onto a large
screen to create a new score performed at Embrace Arts, Leicester, March 16th 2014
-By the end of the score you should not be following any of the instructions until you hear 'end'.

For those unfamiliar with twitter the hashtags are important in order for us to find each image once tweeted, so tweet your image with the appropriate hashtag accurately together.


We can be...

'We can be...' Paul Conneally, Leicester, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Four Generations


four generations 
deciphering a urinal

Gavin Wade
'Twenga 2' Conneally and Wade 2012

Photo: Calais Ferry Terminal - Paul Conneally 2012

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The milk of human kindness


the milk 
of human kindness
a snake in a bottle

Paul Conneally

Afternoon Lull


afternoon lull
stall holders discuss
the price of rain

Paul Conneally
Loughborough 2014

Photo: Loughborough Market February 20th 2014

Tube Train Street Art Mural - Loughborough


This mural is on the gable end of the building overlooking the front of Loughborough student accommodation agency Loc8me in Ashby Square.

The creator of the mural, artist Dan Smith, speaking in the Loughborough Echo, says: "I would like to see a street art scene in Loughborough. There are a lot of artists here that complain that the council do not do enough and there is nowhere to do it.”

It's difficult to see a connection between the mural and Loughborough but it certainly brightens the place up.

Photo: Paul Conneally 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

'Solidarity' - Fruit Routes Loughborough University - The Second Planting


Student volunteers prepare to dig holes and plant more fruit trees on the Fruit Route at Loughborough University, UK.

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

Photograph: 'Spades' Paul Conneally, Loughborough, 2014

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Indifferent - Paul Conneally


Indifferent - three prints - Paul Conneally 2011

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.

More on this work: Freedom for a Song

Friday, February 07, 2014

Freedom For A Song

Freedom For A Song - Paul Conneally 2011

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 makes psychogeographic cultural forages through the wider footprint of the former Snibston colliery which is in Coalville, North West Leicestershire. The forages and interventions  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.

Paul Conneally is cultural forager at Snibston Discovery Museum for TRANSFORM SNIBSTON.

The Indifferent

Never more will I protest,
To love a woman but in jest:
For as they cannot be true,
So, to give each man his due,
When the wooing fit is past
Their affection cannot last.

Therefore, if I chance to meet
With a mistress fair and sweet,
She my service shall obtain,
Loving her for love again:
Thus much liberty I crave,
Not to be a constant slave.

But when we have tried each other,
If she better like another,
Let her quickly change for me,
Then to change am I as free.
He or she that loves too long
Sell their freedom for a song. 

Francis Beaumont

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Western Pub and Theatre, Leicester, a Steamin Billy Pub


The Western opened in 1895 at the same time or thereabouts that the Great Central Railway was starting up. The pub was originally called The Western Hotel and became popular with railway users and workers alike.

It's still going strong today and is currently being run by the Steamin Billy Brewery and formerly, for many years, by Everards.

The pub also has a theatre, Leicester's only pub theatre, called Upstairs at The Western.

On match days, wether that be rugby (Leicester Tigers) or football (Leicester City), the pub is a buzz of sports talk.

A really warm and welcoming traditional British pub it currently offers a range of real ales including guest beers and ciders as well as good food.

The Western Pub
70 Western Road

Paul Conneally

January 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Three Jars of Coal Dust Jelly

Three Jars of Coal Dust Jelly - Paul Conneally 2012

Three Jars of Coal Dust Jelly is now part of the permanent collection at Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville, Leicestershire, UK.

Edinburgh Waverley

travelling first class
missing the second class

Paul Conneally

Photograph: Edinburgh Waverley Train Staion - Paul Conneally 2013

Friday, January 17, 2014

Air Quality Monitoring Station

Air Quality Monitoring Station Leicester UK Paul Conneally 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Walking to the Match

walking to the match
the Statue of Liberty 
signs 'Uthe Foxes!'

Paul Conneally

Yes, Leicester has it's own Statue of Liberty. Football fans pass her every match day as they make their way to watch Leicester City play at the King Power Stadium. She used to be on top of a clothing manufacturing factory until it was demolished. The people of Leicester demanded that she be saved and erected as a piece of public art. And here she is and most certainly a Foxes supporter.