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.
March 20, 2019 - by Alan Hopwood
At long last I have been able to do some new work (abstracts this time).
I have made three images in total, which are combined media works. They began with painting and physical manipulation (sanding), which I did last Autumn, and today I completed them using digital techniques. This has become a more manageable working practice
March 20, 2019 - by Richard Downes
In response to Yoko Ono’s Voice Piece for Soprano. Some people scream better than others, some for themselves and yet more for others. My preference was always to be still, be silent, safe and peaceful. I’ve lived in places where I was quiet to my peril and admonished when I screamed. My quietness became a
March 19, 2019 - by Jo-anne Cox
Drawing all the elements of my project together for a test performance next month, is challenging. Luckily I have such excellent project management and access support from Foteini Galanopoulou. Tactile sound, stage lighting, audience interactive lighting, cello reactive lighting, assistive music technology, dance ribbons, story.
Yes it will all be ready and effortlessly blend into one
March 18, 2019 - by Gobscure
collage from axe-throwing as a first date.
to see more go to joey 1981 on flickr
March 18, 2019 - by Oska Bright Film Festival
Hi, I’m Matthew Kennedy, an artist/filmmaker from Glasgow, Scotland. I’m pleased to be writing my first blog post for Disability Arts Online about how Oska Bright Film Festival has given me a platform as a queer learning disabled filmmaker and how I’ve come to appreciate and love what the film festival has done in terms
March 15, 2019 - by Step Change Studios
‘Be enablers, not disablers’ – these words capture the heart and message behind Breaking Ballroom, a short documentary film produced and directed by film student Dragana Njegic. The film has been selected as a finalist in the Courage Film Festival taking place in Berlin from 4-6th April 2019. The Festival highlights filmmakers who use their
March 14, 2019 - by Learning Disabled Art Studios
To round off the Arts Council England funded research trip that Tanya-Raabe Webber has been on around the UK and Finland, there will be a Sharing Day and Exhibition in Shrewsbury.
Places for the Sharing Day are limited, but the exhibition launch is open to all on Friday 12 April 2019. Please email Tanya should
March 14, 2019 - by Letty McHugh
Hi, my name is Letty McHugh, I’m an artist and a writer and one of the recipients of the Emergence Bursary. I wanted to write an introduction post to my practice and the project I’m working on for the bursary, but I’ve been putting it off for two weeks because it makes me so nervous.
March 13, 2019 - by Leo Wight
In this first blog post I am going to answer a few questions about my practice, to give some insight into my work. In future posts I will be documenting my making, thoughts and experiences throughout the Emergence project.
What photographic processes do you like to use and why?
I work mostly with black and white film
March 8, 2019 - by Richard Downes
A long drawn out recovery demonstrating the next part of my Disability Equality Training Course as poetry
DET, The Medical Model and Me
I am impaired
Where do I go to get fixed?
Where can I be changed?
Where can I go to get right?
Where oh where do I start my search?
I don’t fit in
I want to fit
I want to