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.
June 30, 2017 - by Root Experience
This post was written by a friend of Root Experience. It sets out her journey with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how she lives with her compulsions. Published originally on the Root Experience blog as part of our Hidden Project.
The Hidden Project culminates in an interactive exhibition, The Hubbub, which creatively explores the life experience of living with
June 28, 2017 - by Robin Surgeoner
I had no idea what to expect from ‘Hanging In the Balance’ a new show from Spectra being premiered at the mac in Birmingham on 19-20 May. Billed as an ‘All Age Outdoor Adventure’ in Cannon Hill Park, where the arts centre is located, I was intrigued and excited by the prospect of being both
June 27, 2017 - by Vince Laws
My live happening, A Very Queer Nazi Faust, is being performed at Norwich Pride 2017 as follows...
"The best theatre production you'll see all year! Telling the sad story that faces so many of our most vulnerable citizens with fantastic wit and compelling drama." Lewis Martin
Monday 24 July 2017: Act 1 at 8pm at the Launch
June 26, 2017 - by Richard Downes
The photo for this one shows an adapted toilet on a National Trust property at Dunwich Heath. Adapted toilets are not necessarily accessible. Typically the best of a bad job. This toilet is next to a store room. In between there is a tap and a dog bowl. We are clearly linked. Hence another day
June 26, 2017 - by Deborah Caulfield
Three questions to get you started:
With which of these statements do you agree or disagree?
It's best to keep quiet about your mental health problem because it makes people think bad things about you.
You can’t be both physically disabled and have mental health issues – you have to choose one or the other.
June 23, 2017 - by Sandra Alland
In this (rather long, sorry!) blog I discuss the process – and accidental discoveries – of writing my first historically-based short story, ‘Kick-Start’, about the roots of blind and disabled organising and resistance in the UK.
Comma Press has just launched the hefty, hard-cover, Protest! Stories of Resistance. In its description of the anthology, Comma writes:
June 22, 2017 - by Signdance Theatre International
Signdance Collective celebrate a 30-year anniversary with an international tour of Carthage/Cartagena by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich and will be performing at Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm and Theaterlab, New York from July 19th -21st
Set in an imagined despoiled, war-torn landscape, Carthage/Cartagena uncovers the lost voices of those
June 19, 2017 - by Richard Downes
News came through this week that the glorious servant who gave his soul to work mastered and unmastered is dying. Contractual time ticking by. We have reviewed his situation. All parties are keen to see him gone; at last.
Spins above the table
Eddying papers far away
Threatening the in tray
He dream't under anesthetic
Of being attacked by
June 13, 2017 - by Root Experience
And the challenges of truly & honestly reflecting participant’s creativity within the confines of an arts council funded project, by Artistic Director, Simon Magnus
When the idea for Root Experience's newest experience the Hidden Project, originally came to me a couple of years ago, I had a clearer notion of what the outputs might be. My internal director
June 12, 2017 - by Richard Downes
I’ve never been a farmer, I’ve never farmed the land. I don’t know how to do it. I have no reason to believe that my life as a poet, photographer or activist lends anything towards a useful transferable skill. But I know a metaphor when I see one and the value of an adage. So