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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Shrouded in Steam

a street seller
shrouded in steam

Paul Conneally

Painting: Two Octopi by John Singer Sargent

This Summer Grass

in the moment
between palette and canvas
this summer grass

Paul Conneally

Photo: John Singer Sargent working en plein air

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Permanent Wave

The Coiffure, ca. 1770, German, Ludwigsburg Porcelain Factory

just a few highlights
and a permanent wave
for the weekend

Paul Conneally

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tunnel Talk with Maurice Maguire

'Maurice' - New Century Works, Maguire and Conneally (2012 - 2015)

In 2011 as Transform Snibston took shape I spoke with artist and cultural geographer, Maurice Maguire about the tunnels spreading out and to Snibston Colliery, now the site of Snibston Discovery Museum.

Tunnel Talk was the resulting podcast: Tunnel Talk

Take a listen and then take a trip to Snibston.

Paul Conneally

August 2014

And She Walks

'And She Walks' Paul Conneally 2014

A devotional work appropriated for Notre Damme Cathedral, Reims, France.

'And She Walks' is part of the ongoing series of appropriated involuntary art works 'I Con'.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On Leaving Calais

'On Leaving Calais'

After a month in France we drive on to the P&O Ferry at Calais for the crossing to Dover.

A worker in a luminous jacket, hard hat and ear protectors, guides us to park just inches from the car in front and those on either side of us. Getting out is a contortionist's trick.

Up the stairs from car deck five and find somewhere to sit. It's about a ninety minute journey and the captain, via the muddy sound system, tells us that conditions in the English Channel are calm. My stomach smiles.

Yes it's calm but grey. This said the port of Calais, even in bright sunshine always feels a little grey, a little faded as does Dover where, with one blast on the ship's horn, we now set off for.

channel ferry
we capture four seats
and head for the bar

Paul Conneally
The English Channel


Thursday, August 14, 2014

An Open Shirt

an open shirt
she reaches into her bag
for sun cream

Paul Conneally
Cannes, 2014

Not Quite Cocktail Time

not quite cocktail time
a few more minutes of heat
on the promenade

Paul Conneally

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Le Kiosque Offenbach

Kiosque Offenbach, Les Arcs sur Argens, France

The term Kiosque or in English, Kiosk, is an interesting one and throws up images and memories of ticket booths and ice-cream huts. Small semi-permanent looking sheds which are open on one side for the purpose of selling goods or giving information, that's what kiosks are for the most part to me.

This kiosk, the Kiosque Offenbach in Les Arcs sur Argens in France, is more like the kiosks that the word's Turkish origin, köşk, describes, a building in a garden or park with a roof but with open sides, a little more like what we might call a large gazebo perhaps. Kiosque Offenbach reminds me more of a park bandstand than anything else and of course that's what it is. The clue is in its name, Le Kiosque Offenbach, named after the composer of the Can Can, Jaques Offenbach.

Jaques Offenbach

Some time ago Gavin Wade introduced me to the modernist kiosks of Berthold Lubetkin in particular the kiosks he designed for Dudley Zoo. They are very different to the Kiosque Offenbach. Gavin along with fellow artists Simon Bloor and Tom Bloor has recreated versions of Lubetkin's Dudley Zoo Kiosk and installed them at various sites. Tom and Simon in a statement say: 

"Kiosks are a wonderful invention. You can live your life the geometric way framed within a diametric ellipsoid composition designed to make things better” 

In 2008 Gavin, Simon and Tom worked with Nils Norman to make and exhibit 'Kiosk No.5: Kite Kiosk' at the Folkestone Triennial. Here it is:

So let's salute the kiosk in all it's forms from garden pavillion to bandstand to retail outlet!

Long live the kiosk!

Paul Conneally
Les Arcs sur Argens

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gone Fishing

gone fishing
Dad explains about floats
him and mum

Paul Conneally
Sainte Maxime 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

A Stranger's Hand

Salle Jacky Mathevet, Lorgues, France

a stranger's hand
on my thigh

Paul Conneally

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Alone Again

alone again
for the first time in years
the final chapter

Paul Conneally

Cannes 2014

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Afternoon Heat

afternoon heat
her ice-cream tingles
tongue to toe

Paul Conneally

Cannes 2014