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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.

 

History into Fiction: From Blind Asylums, to Glasgow Strikes and Riots to The 1920 Blind March

In this (rather long, sorry!) blog I discuss the process – and accidental discoveries – of writing my first historically-based short story, ‘Kick-Start’, about the roots of blind and disabled organising and resistance in the UK. Comma Press has just launched the hefty, hard-cover, Protest! Stories of Resistance. In its description of the anthology, Comma writes: ...

Signdance Collective present ‘Carthage/ Cartagena’

Signdance Collective celebrate a 30-year anniversary with an international tour of Carthage/Cartagena by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich and will be performing at Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm and Theaterlab, New York from July 19th -21st Set in an imagined despoiled, war-torn landscape, Carthage/Cartagena uncovers the lost voices of those ...

The Long Slow Death Of A Glorious Servant

News came through this week that the glorious servant who gave his soul to work mastered and unmastered is dying. Contractual time ticking by. We have reviewed his situation. All parties are keen to see him gone; at last. The whirlpool Spins above the table Eddying papers far away Threatening the in tray He dream't under anesthetic Of being attacked by ...

Authentic community led arts

And the challenges of truly & honestly reflecting participant’s creativity within the confines of an arts council funded project, by Artistic Director, Simon Magnus IDEAS When the idea for Root Experience's newest experience the Hidden Project, originally came to me a couple of years ago, I had a clearer notion of what the outputs might be.  My internal director ...

Signs: Taking On The Cattle

I’ve never been a farmer, I’ve never farmed the land. I don’t know how to do it. I have no reason to believe that my life as a poet, photographer or activist lends anything towards a useful transferable skill. But I know a metaphor when I see one and the value of an adage. So ...

Owning my dyslexia

In this post, first published on Root Experience's blog, Simon Magnus, the Artistic Director of the ground breaking charitable arts organisation, talks about his own journey through dyslexia and the shame he felt around it. DYSLEXIA I am one of the people in our group with a hidden impairment. I am dyslexic. There, I said it. It’s ...

Oujia, Tarot, Cauldron

In many ways I have not made enough of a contribution to people and things that matter to me. Each item on this wall bears my name though. The theme is green. The witch is black and many coloured, the green man a gift, the landscape an artwork I found, the tree from a comedy ...

Paralympic Athletes mural to be unveiled…

I have been working on a mural for the Paralympic Atheletes to be unveiled later on this year… Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, David Weir, Ade Adepitan, Jonnie Peacock, Kadeena Cox, and Ellie Simmonds all feature. I painted all the athletes in action with the intention of showing their determination. I only had small images to work from ...

For Esme (Wherever Life May Find Her)

Researching images for a powerpoint and speech on advocacy I came across a Carl Jung quote. Something about, it's not what happened to you it's about what you become. I liked that. It fitted very well with what I wanted to say. Two days later I was out with a young family. Two of the ...

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys: Some Belated Praise for the Equals

Last year I bought a copy of a music magazine called Shindig. A magazine that covers music from past decades. The main focus often being on the 1960s. In particular, the psychedelic music that blossomed in the second half of the decade. My main reason for buying the magazine was for the article about the ...