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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.

 

ActionSpace and its growth across London …

Mid July Jennifer and Tanya visited ActionSpace in London and here they talk about their visit ... ActionSpace started life in the 1960s, with its focus always on learning disabled people. It was in 2001 when it became purely visual arts, with the studio programme going now for 10 years, with five studios across London. ...

It has escaped my mind

Some time ago I made an Advance Directive; what some people call a Living Will. It read: "If I am unable to recognise my family, then I no longer wish to live." The next phrase seems to me now to be on the grim side. "I wish to be transported to the Swiss Dignitas Clinic ...

Joining the Stealth Aspies – 28/06/17

Neurodivergence, Acting and Activism! For a week this blog will detail my experiences joining The Stealth Aspies (All Asperger's Theater group) and then proceed to detail my adventures performing at  Edinburgh Fringe... I opened FB Messenger and found a message from Sarah Saeed. I’d befriended her at a show she was in: Stealth Aspies, a theatre group comprising solely ...

Creating the Climate for Change: Curating and Disability Arts in Mexico City

My practice used to be wide and shallow. I did lots of different things, kept so many plates spinning I often didn’t know what I was doing or where I was doing it half the time. There is always the fear that if you say no to something you’ll never work again. But I knew ...

The best seat in the house: an unashamedly crip trip to the cinema

I arrive at the box office, and give them my name. The lady behind the desk says: ‘ah you’re participating in the horizontal cinema’. I’m surprised, I’d expected to have to explain, a little awkwardly, that I will be lying down to see ‘Whitney’ on this fine July evening. And although I’m getting better at being ...

Two Sunny Days in Bristol

On the 23rd and 24th of July I joined several hundred other researchers from a range of backgrounds by the harbourside in Bristol, for The British Autoethnography Conference 2018. The nautical backdrop and climate were spectacular. Autoethnography can be literally described as the study of self and culture through writing, (Adams et al 2015). It ...

Juice: Stones

The grapefruit has a bitter juice, is no breakfast staple. Who did I think I was way back then to imagine I could improve myself or dare to change the world. Juice: Stones This stone is often wet It is again today Stone and rain combine To shine and glisten When the sun comes out That is why I saw it. Catching the ...

Could you just…?

I had been looking forward to it -- with trepidation. I had caught myself feeling aroused at the thought. How would she react? Already, while she was giving me a shower, she must have noticed me getting physically aroused whenever she got near with the water jet. "Now's the time," I thought. "I'm hot and sweaty. ...

Researching accessible studio spaces and residencies at The Art House

On the 5th and 6th July, we went on our second research visit to The Art House Wakefield and stayed in their accessible flat. Although this organisation is not a learning-disabled art studio, the aim here was to look into their studio setups and their residency programme as they have accessible studio spaces and accessible ...

Great & Tiny War Part One: Can Art Save The World?

Hello. This is the first time I’ve written a blog so I’m going to start as I always do when I ‘appear’ in public by introducing myself – in case mistakes have been made and people have expected to see a man. I’d like to make it absolutely clear, yet again, that I’m Bobby Baker ...