Sunday, November 28, 2010

Parade of Life: Poems Inspired By Japanese Prints

Parade of Life: Poems Inspired by Japanese Prints
ISBN: 09539234-2-8

This book came out of my haiku poet in residence stint at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery back in 2001.

Working with school children, special needs adults, and the general public using haiku to look and look again into the fine collection of Ukiyo E - Japanese woodblock prints - that were on exhibit. The children in particular had no problem being back in 'old Japan' and here in 21st Century UK all at the same time.

It was during this time that I first met my good friend and haiku poet Alan Summers and together we selected the final poems for inclusion in the book.

A very happy time.

Paul Conneally

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Freedom For A Song

Freedom For A Song - Paul Conneally 2010

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.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Out On The Green

they call for him
the slightly bigger boys
to 'play out' and 'bring your ball'

out on the green
the big green by the main road

now you be careful
and don't swing on the saplings

paul conneally

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Archive: Invigilator : Digbeth Papers Thursday, April 03, 2008

Invite Boredom

Listening to the Invigilator : Digbeth discussion I was struck by oblique and direct references to boredom - the gallery invigilators job being referred to as sometimes boring.

When transposed to an outside space where the invigilator has to stand or sit and simply 'watch over' then the space and the action of simply watching over it sets up an interaction that is boring in such a way that it can transcend boredom if we let it... The space becoming bored of the invigilator throws up new facets new resonances between it and the 'watcher over' the 'invigilator'.
A couple of Invigilator : Digbeth participants said that they found the invigilating very zen like - another not at all - the invigilating passed-by with a contrived doing - a counting of and classification of vehicles passing through the invigilated space. Such actions are invoked by the space itself as it is watched over - after all it was only chance that the space invigilated happened to have cars passing through it - this counting this classifying borne out of the possibility of boredom.

"INVITE BOREDOM" - paul conneally 2008

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Two Bridges - Wall Relief Installation - Lindsay Jelley 2010

The Two Bridges wall relief is a piece by Lindsay Jelley out of the wider public intervention piece Two Bridges with Paul Conneally.

The Two Bridges process saw Jelley and Conneally undertaking a series psychogeographic explorations and interventions across the public space bewteen Anstey's two ancient monument bridges - King William's Bridge and Pack Horse Bridge.

The whole piece was funded by Jelson Homes on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Pleasure is the Modern Substitute for Happiness - Mark Titchner

Pleasure is the Modern Substitute for Happiness is from Debating Society and Run by artist Mark Titchner for RADAR Loughborough University May 28th 2009 part of Architectures of Control curated by Nick Slater. As debate raged he slowest run of the day was by artist Paul Conneally.