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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.

 

Sensing Helen: the story so far…

It began with a playreading two years ago. Friend and fellow Artist Michele O’Brien and I sat down to read William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker. I was instantly struck with Helen Keller’s childhood story – how she developed a communication system with companion Anne Sullivan – enabling her to interact with her family and later ...

A Poem about Creativity

I am trapped in the radiance of brutal angels Lonely in the spaces between creations I make my own world as flimsy shelter Doors, walls, roofs made broken Sun, rain, breeze falls into me The universe hides in my fingertips I hold tightly on, marooned with the angels Silence dancing without me Butterflies scratching at the blackboard, Waiting for me to create again.   You will ...

Daphne is looking for help over her recent confusion with the National Theatre?

Yes it’s time for your regular date with Daphne! And remember, popcorn only pops when it’s hot! Which probably means our popping days are over for yet another year - as winter is definitely coming. Now a few weeks ago, when we were all still hot and popping, I was at the DaDaFest 300 where lots of you ...

Missing

Once upon a while ago when younger, still brash, cocky and apathetic I thought I’d enter a tryptich of photographs into a Shape Arts Open on the theme of, if I recall correctly, what disability means to you. I started well but the apathy won (again). The pictures went missing. Were forgotten. Only to resurface ...

In the Mean Time – Chapter 1

There was an advert relating to mean time. Colliers Wood. I don’t know what it was for. It wasn’t for the meantime. It wasn’t what I saw. Adverts, Profit, money motive. Seems to be the law.There will be more to follow. Like jabs upon the jaw. In The Mean Time – Chapter 1 They came by In the ...

Another excerpt from the Dirty Books library

An artist’s studio can be a hive of activity, a space to create and experiment, to start new projects and revisit old ones. It is somewhere to get messy and hear no one complain. You can leave work out and expect it to still be there, exactly as you left it, on your return. Oh, how ...

Wait

A warning from a personal history bound up in compromise reflecting on the who and the who could have been. Its alright, not too bad, one gets by, my oh my, always driven by other voices and the imagining of a change that may have been coming but never did. Not really. I did not ...

The dance of puppets

I have come to accept that certain art projects take years to grow from the initial seed (idea) to a finished piece of art, with its own story to tell. My ‘Reflection’ puppets, is one such project. Background to the puppets  I found this abstract From a blog post in March 2014: "... During my residency at the Tyrone Guthrie ...

Dreams of Resting Spaces and a Resting Network

I have an invisible disability (chronic pain), and I need to lie down (a lot). It is difficult to be out in the world unless I lie down and rest when I need to: on trains, in galleries, on benches. Sometimes I get kick back, and sometimes I get moved on. Only yesterday I was at ...

Time Heals?

So I'm alive and still Not Half Right. Still standing....well, sitting mostly. I can't believe it's a year since I posted a blog on DAO. Partly through life circumstances that have left my brain even more scrambled than usual and partly because I couldn't face trying to figure out the new way to post updates. I ...