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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.

 

Journeying half way across the world in search of fools’ gold

I first met Gaele Sobott from Outlandish Arts in London back in the autumn of 2015 when she interviewed me for her blog and we began talking about the possibility of working together. Later that year in a conversation with Rowan James about the pitfalls of making work under the disability arts banner we came ...

Observation

What no signs, no photo? Sometimes, something you read, or misread, will set you off on a thought. Here's one that happened to me. You can read it. Comment on the blog if you like. Do your own thing. Observation Lou Reed said We are lucky to be alive At the same time as Leonard Cohen Lou and Len Are dead Aren’t ...

Fledgling Fiction: adjusting my fictional satnav with Allan Sutherland

In a series of ACE funded workshops Travels aims to equip participants with new skills and to awaken fresh curiosities for a variety of ways to create and communicate their own tales. On 13 May LinkUpArts produced a creativing writing workshop at Salisbury Arts Centre. Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again - a ...

We are living stories: in remembrance of Sophie Partridge

From waking to sleeping our lives exist in stories. Graphic designers weave magical lines through our shower gel and breakfast cereal; fact and fantasy clothe us and form our impressions of health and happiness; media selections colour our days louder, bolder and brasher. City planners lay down the scenery, politicians create the score; stories, other ...

Signs: In case you don’t know

The photograph was taken at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate where I met with friends. The story of the case was presented to me by someone who inspired me 20 years ago – Paul Fagan. I remember few things. I remember Paul and others from that time with gratitude. In case you don’t know There is ...

A Very Queer Nazi Faust – a brand new play by Vince Laws at Norwich Pride 2017

The play aims to highlight the plight of disabled humans under the current Tory government and the previous Tory /Lib Dem coalition. It features the DEAD PEOPLE DON’T CLAIM banner, and a host of local legends, telling ‘The Tragic True Life & Deserved Death of a Benefit Scrounger by Himself, John Faust’. “I love it, John,” ...

Signs: Of a Silent Voice

Only last wednesday I was saying I can’t remember something important, a feeling about a pain. In searching for the answer I meet with other people who were there at a certain time. This is a lie Though I wouldn't call it that A memory now forgotten Wondering did it happen I need to know More about a strange location Joan said ...

Making in Miniature

I have a love of tiny things; I find them intrinsically beautiful. Especially miniature scale versions of something initially designed to be much bigger. I am in the process of making many small boxes filled with handmade and bound books, sketchbooks and other little oddities. At University I specialised in designing and making silversmithing and jewellery pieces. It's not a ...

OCD – part of the Hidden Project series on Invisible impairment

This post was written by a friend of Root Experience. It sets out her journey with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how she lives with her compulsions. Published originally on the Root Experience blog as part of our Hidden Project. The Hidden Project culminates in an interactive exhibition, The Hubbub, which creatively explores the life experience of living with ...

Hanging in the Balance’ a prophetic piece of family theatre…

I had no idea what to expect from ‘Hanging In the Balance’ a new show from Spectra being premiered at the mac in Birmingham on 19-20 May. Billed as an ‘All Age Outdoor Adventure’ in Cannon Hill Park, where the arts centre is located, I was intrigued and excited by the prospect of being both ...