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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.

 

The Religious Model in Me

Thank you very much for visiting this blog on Disability Arts Online. A Pilgrimage for many. Please leave the offerings you prefer burnt in the spaces below the hymn from our movement The Religious Model in Me I am born in God, impaired In the arms of a God given family I am blessed I will be cherished Loved, looked after Surrounded ...

Witchcraft

In the 17th century they burnt 91 people as witches in Finnmark. On the island of Vardø is a memorial to them. A 125m building containing 91 windows and a plaque, detailing each of those burned and why, by architect by Peter Zumther and ‘Flamhuset’ by Louise Borgeois. I cannot convey the feeling these works ...

The Cartography of Rest

When you have a long term condition like chronic pain, you see and move through the city quite differently: I am always on the look out for places to lie down; I pace my activities meticulously so I don’t find myself out of the house for too long; and I am never far from a ...

The Life Changing Power of Disability Arts

I am a writer, a poet, an actor and activist, a spoken word performer, a creative practitioner and facilitator, a feminist, a believer in human rights and kindness. I campaign and yell from roof tops. I decried the cuts and austerity which widened and widens the gap between haves and have nots to unassailable suicide ...

This Blog does not Exist

There appears to be a problem. The blog you were looking for no longer exists (or never existed). This could be due to a number of reasons: The blog could have been deleted before it was thought of or moved before it started, you could have clicked a bad link or maybe there are only ...

Declaration; A View On The Colour Of Law

Another from the conservation campaign i'm involved in. Hot news... one of the organisations i got involved with as a campaigner - The Highgate Society - like my idea of having a poetry reading one Sunday afternoon and are giving me access to their hall. I'm looking for a little bit of other local support from poets ...

Eight Week Circle

I live my life in eight week intervals. Every two months a visit to the hospital brings injections into my veins, I allow these drugs to creep. The supposed antidote seeps. Into my mixed up body, where up is sideways and down is dead, the chronic dripping feeds me. Dripping in bags of fluid and ...

The View is Different From Here

I woke up on the Tuesday morning with the sudden realisation I was already on day 6 of my residency. Panic. How did that happen? I haven’t done anything. I haven’t enough time. What am I going to do? Everything felt all too real. If this was the movies there would be a 360º camera ...

Acorn: Gimme Some Truth

Love scenes are never easy. Ask John and Yoko or anyone else you wanna ask. Sometimes things are said unkindly. Sometimes it has to stop. Especially when the aggravation comes from two party poopers causing no-one any fun. WISH PIECE VI: Write all the things you want to do. Ask others to do them and move on. ...

A SHORT STORY ABOUT A SMALL WORLD – ENCOUNTER WITH TOURETTES HERO

I was telling this story to someone recently and I realized I hadn’t committed it to paper yet, but about 6 years ago I went to Scotland to visit family with my mum and her best friend. We used Glasgow airport to fly back to London. Once we got on the plane it didn’t take ...