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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.

 

Signs: Eden

I was on a webpage a while ago looking at the concept of animated, lively signs of disability. They looked good. Better than the glum pariah of the international sign which sits so still, gormless and unrepresentative, hangs on doors or takes up station on wet and shivery tarmac, institutionalised by lines, its life restricted ...

Shadowlight Artists news October 2017

It has been a very busy time for the Shadowlight Artists over the last couple of months. As well as having two group planning meetings, each individual artist has started work on their new individual projects. Sara Lowes from Modern Art Oxford attended the September meeting as she is giving the group curatorial input. Lucy Skuce ...

A Daisy – A Day

The reviewer faces a debut DAISY day at DAISY (Disability Arts In Surrey). My first disability festival as a contributor. My first reading as a performance poet. But first…. there is always a first before a first. Others got there first. Maybe Armstrong never stepped on the moon and maybe a future of firsts stretches ...

The Pathologised Self

Recently I was at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin to talk about my involvement in a film about a psychiatrist with bipolar called 'The Wounded Healer'   I give Dr Ahmed Hankir a hard time in the film, and I gave the psychiatrists at the congress a hard time too. The level of denial ...

Is the grass greener for disabled visual artists showing work at festivals instead of galleries?

Back in September I visited artist Aidan Moesby, who was showing his latest work ‘Between Stillness and Storm’ at Head for the Hills Festival in Ramsbottom, Lancs. Aidan and I have a shared interest in the weather and this forms the basis, the main data input and the conceptual underpinning for the work. Between Stillness ...

Self Portrait

I have struggled. With this one. Found myself standing long enough to do a job on an original idea. I have more to say. This started in planning for a disability equality course I was putting on way back. It started with a question. Am I handsome? In raising this I became enamoured with answers ...

The artist’s statement: unreadable yet ultimately compelling

Consider the circumstances in which the artist finds herself; she is thinking; she is thinking about collective influence; she is deliberating upon all manner of matters that any artist in a similar or dissimilar situation may or may not consider vital to the ostensibly arbitrary senselessness (or otherwise) of her existence and, moreover, her world, ...

Sensing Helen: the story so far…

It began with a playreading two years ago. Friend and fellow Artist Michele O’Brien and I sat down to read William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker. I was instantly struck with Helen Keller’s childhood story – how she developed a communication system with companion Anne Sullivan – enabling her to interact with her family and later ...

A Poem about Creativity

I am trapped in the radiance of brutal angels Lonely in the spaces between creations I make my own world as flimsy shelter Doors, walls, roofs made broken Sun, rain, breeze falls into me The universe hides in my fingertips I hold tightly on, marooned with the angels Silence dancing without me Butterflies scratching at the blackboard, Waiting for me to create again.   You will ...

Daphne is looking for help over her recent confusion with the National Theatre?

Yes it’s time for your regular date with Daphne! And remember, popcorn only pops when it’s hot! Which probably means our popping days are over for yet another year - as winter is definitely coming. Now a few weeks ago, when we were all still hot and popping, I was at the DaDaFest 300 where lots of you ...