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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.

 

Lottie

Well into my job publishing a newsletter for the Greater London Association of Disabled People, a volunteer, Lottie came into the office. It turned out that, like me she had MS; she seemed to share my level of mobility. She was a pretty young Afro-Caribbean woman – always ready with a joke about our situation: ...

Declaration 5; The Tree And the Apartment Block AKA Cruelty and What It Gets

Another from the conservation campaign I found myself involved in.Declaration 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads; No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. First duet I ever wrote. I know it works. I've tried it. I imagine myself at a reading. I do this poem with ...

Underground incident

My wife Tio who worked at the time for the International Red Cross, decided to take a spell working at their Geneva HQ. I devised a plan to consolidate my three days per week at GLAD into three weeks in Brixton and one week in Geneva so that I could join her. I had always liked ...

Call The Blurred Lifeboat

Rare for me to take a blurred photo these days. Its not rare for the blur to speak louder to me than the sharp though. There's me at the Turner Contemporary looking down from the first floor deciding i wanted to take the shot. Never knew why though. Call The Blurred Lifeboat Big Ted said Sometimes in Autumn with ...

The Chase

While I could still use sticks to walk a few paces, I used to nip up to the chemists on the High Street and park in a dedicated bay while I was in the shop.  When I got there one time, there was an obvious imposter in the bay. I circled around a couple of ...

Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen explores the relationship between disabled people and animals at an event in Leeds

Finnish conceptual and textile artist Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen is coming to the UK: On the 12th of April, she will perform and discuss some of her work at The Tetley in Leeds, in an event that will focus on pieces dealing with the relationship between disability and animals. Wallinheimo-Heimonen has been inspired by animals in her work ...

Acorn: returning to my planet

Another instruction piece from Yoko. Response from me, to me. SKY PIECE II: Look at a star in the sky not as something unreachable but as a planet you would visit one day. You are my star. I’ve known you for so long. Gone on so many journeys with you. Checked in, walked up to the desk, turned ...

Trouble with a Parking Attendant

I had carefully parked my car, a smallish blue People Carrier, as near as I could to the framing shop on a Brixton sidestreet. Painted next to the pavement was a worn single yellow line. "No matter" I thought, "my  Orange Badge entitles me to leave the car here: I won't be long." With that, I ...

Diagnosis Day

There are certain days in a person's life that alter their existence. A wedding day forever binds one human to another. A funeral forever separates. The birth of a child adds and multiplies love, while the birth of a disease subtracts hope. There are days that we all know for sure are in our future, ...

Colouring Books that Cross the Line

I've created some colouring books for those of us who of us who can't stay between the lines. The first two to come out are my 'I Love Psychiatry' colouring book, dedicated to those driven crazy by this beautiful world and then loved so deeply by psychiatry. I posted that this book was coming out ...