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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.

 

642: Take A Second

Stationary and chocolates. Cakes. Kind words from people paying testimony to me. This is what I have and what I remember best from my leaving party – the day I took redundancy. Amongst the papers, a book, 654 things to write about. The first thing; “What can you do in a second?”, which takes me ...

Good days and Bad days

September is promising to end on a better note than it started for me, I'm managing to do more (not as much as I'd like), getting time in the studio and applying for arts funding to help take these ideas to the next level. I have also been preparing five paintings for an exhibition. If you ...

I’m tired of saying it…. but I am committed to change….however slowly this occurs

It’s been a long month. The equinox came and went without me even realising it. I was down in Wakefield at The Art House printing work for OutsideIn which will be taking some of it to Manchester Art Fair. It’s a long time since I have been to one – I really don’t like them. ...

Beware the Mumbot – guardian of our Flotilla

On Monday I had an inspiring morning working with members of Art Matters. Interestingly, their workspace is not far from from Earlswood where James Henry Pullen spent his life. Their space is dedicated to to making art and their work hangs or is displayed in every available space around the work area. There are many fascinating ...

Finding My Space

It’s been a long while since I have blogged. After the very busy and hot English summer we have experienced this year, I knew I had plenty of material to write about. However, finding the time and space for concentrated writing was another matter. My time was taken up with all types of every day ...

Dancing has increased my confidence

My name is Fiona, I’m a dancer and I’m registered blind. I’ve always loved dancing. I love the feeling that music gives to dance, and having the confidence to dance alone or with a partner is so good. That’s why I love dancing at Step Change Studios’ dance classes – I feel they have embraced this ...

100 Meters – Dinner and Iken

My poetry is increasingly thematic. 100 Meters is where I freestyle – just having some fun. There may be 100 one day. There may not be. This race started looking forward to a dinner. It finished with me manipulating the following photos (my second art). 100 Meters – Dinner and Iken The table is as perfect As she ...

Kaarisilta – A hidden gem in the woods of Finland

In late August Tanya and Jennifer traveled overseas to Kaarisilta in Finland, near the small town of Lahti. What we found trapped between trees were some beautiful old farm buildings that, since 1986, have been transformed into the centre that supports disabled artists today – the chicken hut is the pottery and textile studio, and ...

Declaration 11; A Thank You Note

Article 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads: "1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence. 2. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence ...

Playing around with… Plays…

In April & May this year I embarked on what appears to be my annual Wandsworth Fringe show. I’ve done a show at the Fringe every year for the past three years, which is why I say it ‘appears’ to be annual. It’s a great opportunity to look at new work and explore new ideas. This ...