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Trish Wheatley

As well as being the director of DAO, Trish is also the project manager and co-producer for Freewheeling, the organisation producing Sue Austin’s ‘Creating the Spectacle!’

Posts by Trish Wheatley

Aidan Moesby Between Stillness and Storm

Is the grass greener for disabled visual artists showing work at festivals instead of galleries?

Back in September I visited artist Aidan Moesby, who was showing his latest work ‘Between Stillness and Storm’ at Head for the Hills Festival in Ramsbottom, Lancs. Aidan and I have a shared interest in the weather and this forms the basis, the main data input and the conceptual underpinning ...

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Happy New Year, from DAO to our community

This isn’t a blog about New Year’s resolutions or how I’m going to fail to keep them. It’s simply a thank you and a small request. Thank you to our loyal Disability Arts Online community of readers, artists, and bloggers. Thank you to the first-time readers or contributors who are ...

Sir Nicholas Serota, Gina Levete MBE, Pauline Tambling CBE, Tony Heaton OBE, Oliver Macdonald, 2017 ARMB recipient.

A new chapter for Shape and Tony Heaton

Shape has developed a series of strong programmes and supported hundreds of artists under the direction of Tony Heaton OBE. As Tony steps down from his position as CEO he talks to Disability Arts Online about that long list of achievements, his views on the arts, the political landscape and ...

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Unlimited: Superhuman or Simply Human

As part of the programme of talks at Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre on 10 September Unlimited programme senior producer Jo Verrent chaired a discussion questioning the Superhuman versus Simply Human narrative. Trish Wheatley feeds back on a debate with panellists including journalist Mik Scarlet, Corrie actor Liam Bairstow and James Taylor ...

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Unlimited: Cutting corners – thriving or surviving as a disabled artist

Trish Wheatley reports back on a discussion on the impact of austerity cuts on the creative community as part of the programme of talks at Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre on 10 September. Chaired by Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Jude Kelly.  This discussion was opened by setting the ...

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Unlimited: Unfixed: A conversation

Unfixed is a project initiated by the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT), in partnership with Unlimited and Watershed in the UK and Access2Arts in Adelaide, Australia. Unfixed is a residency and exchange programme focused on art, technology and disability that seeks to deepen the dialogue and explore the practice ...

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Viewfinder, DAO’s ongoing video project, commissions Martin O’Brien to work with SPILL Festival

Martin O’Brien’s Viewfinder commission has delved into the SPILL archives and emerged as a set of conversations and accompanying playlist that are sure to spark further debate and enquiry. Disability Arts Online’s Viewfinder project is all about enabling people to find views on the world through artists videos in order to ...

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Disability Arts Online work with the British Council to promote disability arts internationally

The last few years have seen a strong contingent of British artists being showcased overseas through festival appearances and international touring. Through its focus on supporting disabled artists and a strong partnership with the Unlimited programme, the British Council has a key role in helping to spark new opportunities abroad ...

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Welcome to the new Disability Arts Online!

Welcome to the new look Disability Arts Online! We’ve always been proud of the quality content on the pages of this web journal and now, finally, we have a website that reflects that aesthetically and is hopefully much easier to use. We hope you, our readers, will enjoy the magazine section, ...

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Fast Forward Festival 2016: British Paraorchestra and Extraordinary Bodies

Fast Forward Festival returned to Bristol’s Colston Hall on 3 June 2016 for a packed day’s programming of music and technology workshops, performances and showcases. Closing the proceedings was a performance of Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ by the British Paraorchestra and Extraordinary Bodies. Review by Trish Wheatley. A collaboration between the ...

Left: Liam Tobin playing Captain Blake. Right: Joe Shipman playing Young Edward Rushton One man consoles another whilst he is rubbing his eyes. They are sitting upon a ship’s decking. They both wear seaman’s clothing from the eighteenth century.

DaDaFest and Turf Love present ‘Unsung’

Unsung, the DaDaFest and Turf Love production, had its first run at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre 9-12 March 2016. The play, written by John Graham Davies and James Quinn, features the life story of Edward Rushton, an important but largely forgotten figure in Liverpool’s history, who campaigned for the abolition of ...

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SICK! Lab On the Couch: ‘Fluid or Fractured Identities’

Sick! Lab in Manchester on 10 March featured a number of panel debates throughout the day entitled On the Couch. Trish Wheatley reflects on ideas around how we define ourselves. SICK! Lab, was a 4-day programme at the Contact Theatre, Manchester of performances, presentation and discussion bringing together artists, academics, clinicians, ...

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Should we replace the ‘d’ word? Hell, no! / 1 October 2015

I’m fired up to write a blog about something that we grapple with all the time working in the disability arts sector. Yes, the ‘d’ word. I’ve just read a BBC Ouch blog entitled 'Is it time to stop using the word "disability"?' by Rebecca Atkinson, who headed up the ...

A photograph featuring several popular toy brands modified to look like they have various impairments

Should we replace the ‘d’ word? Hell, no!

I’m fired up to write a blog about something that we grapple with all the time working in the disability arts sector. Yes, the ‘d’ word. I’ve just read a BBC Ouch blog entitled 'Is it time to stop using the word "disability"?' by Rebecca Atkinson, who headed up the Toy Like Me campaign ...

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Unlimited: Liz Carr: ‘Assisted Suicide The Musical’

The Boiler Room at Pleasance Theatre, Camden played host to a 4-day R&D period for Liz Carr’s Unlimited commission, Assisted Suicide The Musical with an invited audience for a showing of work in progress on Friday 18th September. Review by Trish Wheatley. On entering the theatre we were asked “Are you ...

CripFest 2015

26th July 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a key point in history for disability legislation in the USA. To mark this occasion, OneOfUs, co-directed by Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser, produced CripFest, their first one-day disability arts festival with support from the British ...

Valuing the Difference / 30 July 2015

Thursday 23rd July was the main event for our New York visit. Sue had been invited by Stacey Hadash, Managing Director of Global Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, to give the keynote speech at the annual Global Women’s Conference. This was a big deal. She would address a large ...

Finding commonalities between global banking and disability arts / 22 July 2015

Never in a million years did I think that my job in the UK disability arts scene would take me to a trading floor of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, just off Times Square in New York City. Somehow that is exactly what happened yesterday as I accompanied artist Sue ...

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Trish Wheatley on ‘Shaping a Diverse Future’

As part of an Arts Council's Catalyst funded programme arts professionals were invited to The Point, Eastleigh on July 10th 2015, to discuss through provocation, debate and performance 'Shaping a Diverse Future'. Here is Trish Wheatley's provocation on the future of the arts, which was delivered at the event. I’m reminded ...

Lloyd Coleman’s DAO commission ‘Towards Harmony’ is premiered by the Paraorchestra to an ovation from the audience / 6 July 2015

On Friday 3rd July at Colston Hall in Bristol the British Paraorchestra rounded off the Fast Forward music festival with an impressive concert. By way of introduction the Paraorchestra's founder and conductor Charles Hazlewood announced that Bristol is to be the new home of the orchestra to a roar of appreciation ...

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‘Dance and Normality’ IntegrART Symposium 2015

The Dance and Normality symposium held at the Musee d’ethonographie, Geneva on 2nd June saw an international line-up of speakers and performers hosted by IntegrART. Trish Wheatley responds to the international picture for the theory and practice of dance and normality, presented on the day. Aside from the overwhelming impression that ...

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As well as being the director of DAO, Trish is also the project manager and co-producer for Freewheeling, the organisation producing Sue Austin's Unlimited commission 'Creating the Spectacle!' Here she blogs about her experiences of this ambitious, underwater wheelchair project.

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Liz Crow on Figures

Liz Crow talks to Trish Wheatley about 'Figures', the mass-sculptural performance that makes visible the human cost of austerity and urges action against it. "I am putting myself through this because this really matters". A solitary figure, almost invisible, is on the foreshore at low tide in front of the cultural complex ...

A photograph taken from Mind the Gap's International Learning Disability Live Performance and Touring Event 2015 which shows attendees, some sat round tables, others are standing

Trish Wheatley on Critiquing Learning Disability Performance

On Monday 23rd March 2015 Mind the Gap hosted a conference about international learning disability performance. Trish Wheatley was asked to speak on the panel about critiquing learning disability performance – the ‘Quality’ debate. The extended version is published here. I was thinking about an instance a few years back in which Firebird ...

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DaDaFest 2014: The Big Debate

A highlight of the DaDaFest Congress was the Big Debate. Trish Wheatley responds to the question of recognising how much influence non-disabled people should have in working within the Disability Arts sector. DaDaFest is always a highlight in the cultural calendar. I revel in the opportunity to see a show every ...

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