Monday, November 28, 2011

Paul Conneally and Gavin Wade Opposite Masshouse Members Club

Via Flickr:
Paul Conneally and Gavin Wade by one of the street posters featuring a verse from the Three Estates Renga - 100 Verses for Three Estates.

'not a bakewell tart she snaps
but a pudding'

Saturday, November 26, 2011

King of Jumpers

In the 1970s a staple of Saturday night home entertainment was Irish singer Val Doonican.

Val's trademark was to always be wearing a patterned jumper or cardigan.

He was the King of Jumpers.

Val is sure to be represented in an original artwork by Paul Conneally in The Blind Fiddler Home Entertainment 1806 - 2012 exhibition at Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville, Leicestershire.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yesterday's Bruise

yesterday's bruise
a shade lighter
she stays indoors

Paul Conneally 2011

It's Time To End Domestic Violence


Saturday, November 19, 2011

mum tries in vain

mum tries in vain to summon up her forbidden lover
mum tries in vain
to summon up
her forbidden lover

from 100 Verses for 3 Estates
Gavin Wade - Alec Finlay - Paul Conneally
and the people of the Three Estates Kings Norton, Birmingham, UK

Air Quality Monitoring Station

Air Quality Monitoring Station

Leicester UK

Paul Conneally 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Private Keep Out

Private Keep Out

Paul Conneally 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blind Fiddler by Empty Hats

Here we have Empty Hats with their version of the song Blind Fiddler - an all together more upbeat and positive version lyrically than traditionally known. This versionis set in England rather than in America. I'd like to think that our Coleorton Blind Fiddler, as portayed in Wilkie's painting, felt as positive about his role as the Blind Fiddler in this exhilarating version by Empty Hats - its probably time to dance!

Blind Fiddler by Empty Hats

You know I lost my eyes in a blacksmith shop
in the year of forty eight
so I picked up a fiddle and I began to play
I am not sad and lonely, content am I to roam
'cause I am a blind fiddler and the world it is my home

well I went down to london
and I played for the king
I've learned that I am happiest when I can play and sing
I am not sad and lonely content am I to roam
'cause I am a blind fiddler and the world it is my home

I have no wife or children
no one depends on me
I've seen my share of sorrows, but I am truely free
I am not sad and lonely, content am I to roam
'cause I am a blind fiddler and the world it is my home

You know I lost my eyes in a blacksmith shop
in the year of forty eight
so I picked up a fiddle and I began to play
I am not sad and lonely, content am I to roam
'cause I am a blind fiddler and the world it is my home

The frame of The Blind Fiddler by David Wilkie in Coleorton Hall Farm Kitchen 1806

Cultural Forager Paul Conneally curates 'The Blind Fiddler - Home Entertainment 1806 to 2012' an exhibition from January 2012 at Snibston Discovery Museum. The exhibition's starting point is the painting The Blind Fiddler by David Wilkie 1806 painted in Coleorton Hall Farm Kitchen North West Leicestershire.

Friday, November 11, 2011


"Humanity needs time to grow up"

Megoliths - Leicester

Paul Conneally 2011

Remembrance Day - Where The Bee Sucks - Paul Conneally 2006

Video installation by artist Paul Conneally first shown during Liverpool Biennial 2006 as part of the RedSkyAtNight show. Explores issues of remembrance through images of bee's leaving a poppy. Made in Windmill Community Garden Nottingham UK on UK Veterans Day 2006 - 90 Years on from the Somme.

On a personal level the piece brings memories of the artist's two grandads together - Grandad Peace who ran away underage to the great war and Grandad Conneally who was blown up on the beaches the day after D-Day but survived. The song 'Roses of Picardi' was recorded during the First World War by John McCormac - a singer that was also Grandad Conneally's favourite singer of Won't You come Home Again Kathleen.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

Who are the Splacists?

Join MADE at 5:45pm on Wednesday 30th November for this FREE evening event open to all.

Who are the Splacists? will introduce the context for and development of the Splacist manifesto as well as report findings from the What are the Splacists? activities conducted earlier in the day. There will also be an opportunity to experience work developed by a collaboration between artists Nikki Pugh and Hannah Nicklin. This work has been commissioned by MADE as part of Learning Spaces Living Places 2 and represents the first indirect response to the manifesto. This FREE evening event is your chance to experience it first-hand and be a part of this new artist-led experience.

Splacism is a contemporary mode of practice proposed by Paul Conneally. A new set of ideologies defined by Hannah Nicklin and Nikki Pugh. A hop, skip and a jump away from phsychogeography and the works of the situationist international. Think space, place and splice. Developed empirically by whoever’s interested.

We will own this city.
We will take it back.
We will link and shift; across time, space, people, places and processes
We will weave throughout the fabric of people’s lives.
We will unpick it.

We will affect and be affected.
We will glory in the moment, the collage, the marking and then passing on.

We reject your shopping centre, your pavement, your cultural quarter;
We will under mine pre-defined spaces. We reject them.

We will reclaim the city, not for you, but with you.
We are you.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

The Blind Fiddler - David Wilkie 1806

The Blind Fiddler - David Wilkie 1806

Cultural Forager for Transform Snibston artist, Paul Conneally, discovered that The Blind Fiddler was painted in the kitchen of Coleorton Hall Farm in 1806 - the same farm that the great poet William Wordsworth lived in with his familly. The picture was commissioned by Sir George Beaumont and given by him to the nation. It now forms part of the TATE collection.

The picture depicts a family gathered together being entertained by an itinerant musician - the Blind Fiddler. Conneally began to ask questions about what families do for home entertainment together. From January 2012 through Spring Conneally will curate an exhibition The Blind Fiddler - Home Entertainment 1806 to 2013 exploring now how home entertainment indulged in as a family has changed through the years since 1806.

The exhibition will draw on artefacts, selected by Conneally, already held in Leicestershire Mueum and Galleries collections and new works by Conneally, artists asked by him to make their own interpretations of The Blind Fiddler theme, and works created with Conneally by and with communities local to where the picture was originally painted.

Here's a commercial from Wii - is the Wii today's Blind Fiddler? We will explore more!

Wii - Family Time TV Commercial

Half-way Home

Man in Pub Paul Conneally 2011
half-way home
a pint of stout
to keep out the cold

Paul Conneally

Friday, November 04, 2011

Kev Ryan Sings Out About Art at The Beacon Public House Loughborough

Artist and CEO of Charnwood Arts, Kev Ryan, sings about art over a pint of beer with cultural forager, Paul Conneally, in The Beacon pub in Loughborough, UK.

30th October 2011

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Caugtht In A Web

women navigating their way through an almost invisible web strung beween two trees

Learning Outside The Classroom Splacist Training Workshop

Paul Conneally & Roberto Amoroso

November 1st 2011

Blindfold Woman With String - Splacist Intervention Paul Conneally 2011

Blindfold Woman With String

Paul Conneally

Splacist Intervention - Leicester - November 1st 2011