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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 Dragon

The cycle begins. Hour one. The first flutter of nausea starts to grow, stretching its angry wings within. Something will soon be very wrong as the body prepares to void. An application of heat to a tender set of intestines, lends hope that the wave of retching will be absolved. The trash can a holy ...

The Light Choir: Reframing Rest as a Creative Act

If you read my last blog “Dreams of Resting Spaces and a Resting Network”, you’ll know I have an invisible impairment (chronic pain) and that I need to lie down (a lot). I spent 8 years trying to cure myself, lost in a terrain I didn’t know how to navigate. When it slowly dawned on me ...

Declaration 2; Distinction – What We Each Bring To The Table

Another from the local conservation projects i'm supporting. There is a tree on a green on a square in front of an art deco town hall occupied by artists and community businesses and its all up for redevelopment. The tree was planted by the Amnesty Group celebrating fifty years of the declaration of human rights. ...

A Journey With My Self: Jogging yourself out of it

Those days I spent most of my time voluntarily editing a left wing magazine, and proof reading and copy editing for various publishers to provide some kind of income. (It was the early 1980s, Ken Livingstone was running the Greater London Council, and like many of my friends, I felt there must be room for ...

A Journey With My Self: Telling my friends

Mike, one of my South London left-wing friends, invited me round for dinner at his Clapham residence. A few of our other political pals were round there too. Mike and his wife Sheila liked to do things properly. The food and wine were sumptuous, Sheila gave us a few bars on their new grand piano, and ...

Being Welcomed as a Stranger

ISAN CONFERENCE 27/28 November 2017 Milton Keynes When I go to a conference I go because I want to engage, be engaged with, learn, be challenged and maybe have a bit of fun. I applied and was successful in getting a ‘New Faces’ bursary for the National Outdoor Arts Conference (Independant Street Arts Network). Essentially this ...

Autoimmune

Autoimmune Body out of tune Attacking itself Triumph over itself Agony wins From deep within Fighting against The fight against Myself Suppressing From doing more harm To myself Climbing out of a black hole Reaching the light and back again Body has to pay the toll It can not Take me From me

Devoted & Disgruntled 13

Who Am I? Sarah Howard, Londoner, single/available, wheelchair user, cultural addict. What is my place in life? To live (not exist), play, challenge, strive, encounter. The artistic world is my residence and I continually go out of my way to score a piece of the action, but I am a child of the 70’s and hanker for those pre-digital ...

The Araniello Show by SBC (SickBitchCrips)

SBC are delighted to publicly denounce The Araniello Show SBC are excited that the failure of The Araniello Show is imminent and they firmly believe that this will be the worst show of the year. Having endured some of the sketches, SBC describe the content as a bit like biting into semi-coagulated library paste, leaving a mediocre, ...

Declaration 1. Born Equal

This year I got involved in local conservation issues. I picked up on an issue and posted this poem on The Hornsey Town Hall Facebook Group who immediately appointed me 'poet in residence - no payment, just kudos', which i accepted with a thrill and gratitude. Where the poem partly came from is explained below ...