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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.

 

Black Dog

I’m not familiar with my depressions. I tie them up with a bow and put them in a bag and heave them in a sack, on my back, and carry them with me, hidden. Numb to thought to feeling. But from time to time they grow stronger in the dark and leap out on me, ...

Last in the Travels series: Performance with Tam Gilbert

Cascading down through the gears just as fast as I could, I braked, eased the car off the track and swung open the door; hanging my head out into the breeze, I waited for my guts to erupt. I certainly didn't want to mess up the interior of the Ferrari. I got exactly that same gut ...

Daphne the agony aunt week 2: Fashion

Hello to all my lovely Disability Arts Online readers! Yes I’m back - for the second week running.   And thank you to the three people who had the courage, in their moment of desperation, to reach out to me.  I hope my advice has helped and please, please do keep on writing! As always I’m here to ...

Fools’ Gold: an artist intervention in the Art Gallery, New South Wales

I’ve been in Sydney, Australia a few weeks now working with Gaele Sobott of Outlandish Arts on Fools’ Gold - a pilot series of poetry workshops, performances and critical dialogues on art, mental health and well-being. The climax of the program was a performance in Art Gallery New South Wales - in the midst of ...

Poetry workshop with Becci Louise; 5th in the LinkUpArts ‘Travels’ series

Asked to draw myself using only triangles, circles and lines, I'm apt to take things very literally. It sounds a geometric exercise. I go for the triangular head and some smaller triangular spikes for hair, before our workshop leader mischievously explains that the lines can be wiggly ones. I'm geometrically committed, but loosen up enough to ...

Snuff Street Haiku

A while ago (2010) I saw this sign. Disabled Access via Snuff Street. Having a somewhat twisted sense of humour I found the juxtaposition amusing. Though of cause there is a connection with politics, eugenics, and the Not Dead Yet campaign. Humour contains truths regardless of whether the truth is funny. Anyway, I wanted to celebrate ...

Halfway There (nearly)

I haven’t written a Disability Arts Online blog in a small age, (almost a year), a re-occurring bout of cellulitis and the demands of actually writing a thesis have made this so. I felt a blog was in order, because in terms of the time allotted, I am reaching the halfway point of my thesis, ...

Starting at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Since my last post on Disability Arts Online (DAO) last October, things have progressed far beyond anything I could have imagined.  Since you’re reading this, you might have already noticed the publicity surrounding Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s (the BSO) Change Makers project and that I am now training there to develop my conducting.  This is the ...

Daphne Does Good…

Hello out there to all you readers of Disability Arts Online! I’m Daphne, and I’m about to become your favourite Agony Aunt. It’s true that I cannot claim to be different, not in the way that most of you reading this can, but I have been giving people with difference advice for many, many years. Couple ...

New mixed media work from Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt with support from Sonia Boue recently completed two mixed media pieces on board, "Oh Winged Dove of a yellow river" and "The Sparkle of the Pear". Richard normally works on canvas and wanted to experiment with different media. Richard is a founding member of the Shadowlight artists, and is the 2017 Shape Open ...