Freedom For A Song


Freedom For A Song – Paul Conneally 2010

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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, in Coalville, Leicestershire 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.

15 thoughts on “Freedom For A Song

  1. Karen Hyde (Sheffield) says: In the image I see a mole emerging from the ground, a sheep’s skull and a man with his back against a huge boulder battling against the elements.John Whitby (Leicester) says: the desert in Australia a skull with seven eyes Stewart Home (London) says:Looks to me like what I most desire… found between the legs but not of both genders! Su Marshall (Leicester) says:no mans land a soft toy buried in snow Paula Turner (Sheffield) says:a big blob of yeast floating in fermenting beer John Legrys (Coalville) says:a crown of ginger an artichokeHarry (7) (Snareston) says:my uncle’s face

  2. Sue Thomas (Leicester) says:I see an animal, part panda part monkey with an intense expression! The left eye is large and staring, the right partially closed and hidden in the shadowy part of the face. Two panda ears at the top of the head. But the muzzle is a monkey’s. The whole face has a determined stare as if confronting something unimaginable but definitely surmountable.

  3. It’s my neighbor, Jimmy, the dog-faced boy, after a beat down from the local group of dwarf thugs who call themselves the "tiny crips" – no one will confront them for fear of accusations of insensitivity. Jimmy never lost that aura of canine dignity.

  4. a big white skull and and little black cross, a sort of Golgotha image. Next time I looked I saw a heart on the compost heap…’autumn heart’… rotting away with the spent leaves.

  5. A quiet woman in an angry room. The womans face is that of an African and it is towards the bottom right of the image. Above her the image shouts anger and violence.

  6. This is a rendering of an albino mouse’s reaction to laboratory experiments involving controlled ingestion of d-lysergic acid diethylamide, who consequently envisioned the after effect of mushroom clouds caused by atom bomb tests. The resulting image was that of a mammalian, buddha-like creature that closely resembled a low paid technician who cleaned cages in the lab that the subject both resented and revered – the mouse would occaisionally receive extra rations of kibble.Upon reading a secret white paper defining the experiments, the Queen seriously considered raising affenpinschers, but instead chose to order experiments with LSD on British soldiers in the field in the early 1960’s.Through the delayed actions of Chaos Theory, my wife, in a Chantix induced dream, recently went walkies with the Queen, promenading, as she described, ‘a legion of monkey-faced dogs’. Although having become fast friends, it is uncertain whether the Queen still remains in touch.A Christmas card would be nice.

  7. it looks like almost any bit of my garden just now, under snow, and any number of beings I know… a mouse in a hat but with ears poking out, a monkey or two, with a fish looking sad as so often they do…

  8. I can see a rabbit skull in a nest, which is on a trajectory, maybe having been kicked out of a tree, appearing suddenly out of a snowy sleety sky.

  9. it is a small horse or giraffe sneezing from hay fever. I thought it was very happy at first but now it seems a little too startled. I can only see one startled eye. It may have friends with it.

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