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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.

 

The Art of Grief

My dad died a couple of weeks ago. I did cry but I wasn’t sure what I was crying for. There is a saying that ‘grief is love unfinished’, but for some grief is love not yet begun. I have written on DAO before about my relationship with my dad. I spent my childhood perpetually holding ...

Life as an emerging disabled artist

My name is Fae Kilburn and this is my second blog, I am aiming to write one once a month, documenting my experiences as an emerging disabled artist. On March 22nd I was given the opportunity to do a presentation at the Tate Exchange along with the other three Emergence recipients. My presentation was about my life, ...

Aidan Moesby: blossoming in the rain

Being able to support an artist through the development of an idea to make it a workable project is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my work. We set up the artist development sessions and associate artist programme to formalise this type of support from within Disability Arts Online and Aidan Moesby is one ...

Initial; Culture Change

Initial; Culture Change Remembering the first time I went to the doctors and the doctor didn’t come to me. Dr Lucas’s waiting room Green leather benches Brown flock peeling walls Patient lips holding patient cigarettes Dr Lucas presses tongues down Says, ‘say ah’ Breathes the ghosts of nicotine Into fragile lungs Dr Lucas’s stethoscope Smells of home Where Mom and Dad smoke As we all did in time White ...

An introduction to my rhizomatic practice…

In this first post from Emergence Bursary recipient Lauren Saunders, she speaks openly and honestly about her varied art practice. What has led to your taking on the identity of a socially-engaged interdisciplinary visual artist? It's quite a loaded identity to have, isn't it? I'll do my best to break that down a bit! I'm your typical idealist; ...

Game Start

My latest blog is about an often forgotten and publicly derided branch of the arts – computer gaming. I’ve been a gamer since I was young. One of my earliest gaming memories is of playing Centipede on the Atari that my parents had bought me, my brother and sister one Christmas. I was mesmerised by ...

It’s Rock and Roll But Not As It We Know It: On the Road with Penny Pepper, The Naked Punk

It feels very rock and roll. Another week, another hotel room. I haven’t thrown the TV out the window yet. But my PA is on standby to decimate the remote control if the third one they give us fails to work. The Naked Punk Project launched in February, at Leicester Word! for an event focussing on ...

New work for March 2019

At long last I have been able to do some new work (abstracts this time). I have made three images in total, which are combined media works. They began with painting and physical manipulation (sanding), which I did last Autumn, and today I completed them using digital techniques. This has become a more manageable working practice ...

Juice: Inert then Active

In response to Yoko Ono’s Voice Piece for Soprano. Some people scream better than others, some for themselves and yet more for others. My preference was always to be still, be silent, safe and peaceful. I’ve lived in places where I was quiet to my peril and admonished when I screamed. My quietness became a ...

Audio Lighting with Charles Matthews

Drawing all the elements of my project together for a test performance next month, is challenging. Luckily I have such excellent project management and access support from Foteini Galanopoulou. Tactile sound, stage lighting, audience interactive lighting, cello reactive lighting, assistive music technology, dance ribbons, story. Yes it will all be ready and effortlessly blend into one ...