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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

This section of DAO provides disabled artists and writers with a space to give our readers an inside view of their art practice, share thoughts and receive comments and feedback.

These blogs provide an informative and entertaining insight into how disability and impairment are experienced from a disability perspective.

The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

 

Everything connects to everything…

Much has happened since I last blogged, but little of note has been created. I’ve always tended to flit a bit, but I seem to be flitting a lot more than before. The problem isn't lack of ideas, I get lots. I’m short on attention span. Lately I can barely scribble for more then ten minutes. In ...

A Very Queer Nazi Faust 2018 Bravo!

Wretched Norfolk poet, John Faust, has had his benefits stopped, the bailiffs are due to evict him, his dog's in the vets dying, he needs a new clutch for the car, and he can't finish his poetic masterpiece while the voices inside his head torment him. In despair he throws himself off Beeston Bump, Norfolk's ...

100 Meters – About the Old And Crumpled

There’s a lamp post outside on the pavement, where I live, where I happened to find and photograph an old crumpled sticker. Shaped like a psychedelic cross I can read the words; ‘Vote Conservative to end the...’. I have no idea of the words that follow. You might. Love to hear how you would complete ...

A Year at the BSO

I have now been at the BSO for a year, and during this time so much has happened. When I started last June, we didn’t have a composer, no performance dates, an ensemble name or any musicians! In twelve months, we have gone from plans and ideas to featuring in national and international media coverage, ...

‘Emergency Water Supply Craft’ for Flotilla

Flotilla: Made a great start last week. Russell Jakubowski worked with two of the DAISY (Disability Arts In Surrey) groups (Surrey Choices and the Orpheus Centre) creating Dream-craft for the Flotilla exhibition. Pictured here is the first stage of a model craft designed to take water to wherever it's needed. Some fantastic additions to our Flotilla. ...

Ice Cream Artworks

I didn't realise... I've been busy making artwork over the past six months, I haven't had the ability to write anything. Not even to promote the exhibition launch of Creative Future's new online shop in May, selling the limited edition prints that I've been working on: My 'Ice Cream Artworks'. In the series I explore idealism and perfection, combining ...

Declaration 8: An Effective Remedy

The 8th Declaration from an ongoing series in support of a local conservation campaign.   The 8th article from the Human Rights Act reads: Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law. Declaration 8 – An Effective ...

Declaration 7; Protection

Another from the lost conservation battle. The following article for all its usefulness is taken from the universal declaration of human rights Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and ...

Shadowlight Artists: Rising

The Shadowlight Artists, who all have learning disabilities, are over 50% through their new Arts Council of England funded project "Shadowlight Artists: Rising". The group are either part way through, or have completed their individual projects. They have also created a new group website shadowlightartists.org.uk The exhibition phase is confirmed for this autumn with a three ...

Degradation

Over the past few months, I have been trying to explore a new aesthetic, moving away from the therapeutic landscape images and working with concepts more directly related to my experiences of living with a disability and degenerative condition. The notion that although age and illness are causing degradation in my body, I can still find ...