Conor wrote to Kenneth Clark in December 1939, offering his services. It is clear that Dickey already knew Conor very well.
The Committee then contacted Conor in January 1940, regarding the question of Northern Irish artists, asking him to submit some examples of his work . As a consequence, he was commissioned in April 1940 to make "6 or 8" drawings of figure subjects, in coloured chalk, for £50. The first two were sent in in June (IWM:ART LD 254, 255); and a third (LD 305) in July. Conor then planned to go on to shipyard subjects, but had problems obtaining the necessary permits, and decided to work on subjects to be found on the streets of the city. The resulting five drawings, LD 364-368, were submitted in August 1940. Conor describes their subjects at (30).
Conor was keen to carry out further commissions (and his case was supported by a letter from Richard Rowley), but the committee declined, although they did not discourage him from making further drawings if he wished. Conor then tried to promote his work locally, emphasising his aim of documenting life in Belfast in wartime. He held an exhibition and thirty works were subsequently acquired by the corporation for the Art Gallery.
In May 1941, Conor submitted drawings recording the effects of the air raids on Belfast, and the Committee acquired one, LD 1114, for five guineas (53). At (55), Conor describes the experience of the air-raids.