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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.

 

red tape … saving lives since … ?

something mary left behind in manchester recently  – she is leaving them where she can – she doesn't respect property!

100 Meters – Clubfoot

A word memory found in the Poetry Library whilst reading an old, cherished poet who used the word infrequently. I think of Clubfoot sometimes and what happened the next day following my subsequent refusal of a date. My shame will not let me name her. I was young. As was she. We shared space on ...

The Show Must Go On

A reflective Richard Downes looks back on four turns at REaD Rhymes Live his first experience of curating, MC-ing and performing at a self designed show for Disabled Poets at the Karamel Restaurant The Show Must Go On A note came out of the blue from the chair of Collage Arts suggesting there may be a regular ...

Hidden Stories: a free graphic novel that aims to banish loneliness among people living with invisible conditions

Published by Brighton-based arts charity Root Experience, Hidden Stories is the result of months of creative workshops, where participants from across the south of England explored and shared the challenges of their day-to-day lives through storytelling, visual arts and soundscapes. Millions of people worldwide are affected daily by health conditions whose symptoms aren’t easily identifiable or ...

Creating your own path

The book I've recently had my work published in a book titled Inspirational quotations and Creative responses by Mike Healey and Andy Wild. This has come from an open call I responded to last year, asking artists to submit artwork along-side a genuine quote that they related to. My quote was from Frida Kahlo "I paint ...

100 Meters; English Grammar Wars

From a dream 100 Meters; English Grammar Wars In a traffic jam They throw their pronoun Through the window A verb returns An unnecessary argument Over in seconds

Pick, Pick & Pick

Note: I've had what many would call a habit. This habit has turned into self harm. I've been trying to give up, but it's not always easy. I hope this poem makes people realise that you can't 'just give up.' It won't happen over night. You have to keep fighting and the more you fight, ...

Oska Bright and Europe

Oska Bright’s international reach and influence has seen a shift away from Australia and Canada towards Europe over the past year. Whether this is a coincidence or a reflection of the geo-political zeitgeist is anyone’s guess. But it is a timely and necessary convergence of thinking, ideas and determination that brings together the 7 disability ...

Acorn: I Climbed The Ladder

I'm not sure which of Yoko Ono's Acorns got me cogitating on my career journey but it did. Subsequently I heard a volunteer call from my old alma mater asking for career talks. I took this with me and squawked to first year students doodling on their mobiles. Acorn: I Climbed The Ladder An enquiry into careers Found ...

Realm – a gallery residency developed through a playful intent

Last Friday I got to the closing party for Realm in a public gallery in Southwark Park – an experimental collaboration between three London-based artists, chosen respectively by CGP London, Outside In and Bethlem Gallery. Hats off to the three artists Hazel Brill, Richard Downes and Mr X, for creating such a tenacious and engaging film, ...