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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.

 

Initial: Nick Names

A hate crime officer I once knew gave me a book with ideas I could use to write from. This is the second installment from the first page. It impinges on my history. It tells a tale or two. It doesn’t mean to upbraid anyone going through spiteful name calling. Nor does it offer any ...

100 Meters; On the Ending of a Favoured Thing

Lost to memories of place and time, dancers relate, fail to  continue. Lost, the ending of a a journey. Dance the car boogie. Tell me about the last time you danced? 100 Meters; On the Ending of a Favoured Thing Fat, flushed, flash and funky You handled movement Like a disco master knowing when to stop whilst she lurched from crisis to ...

A Volunteers Insight Into Supporting Learning Disabled Artists at Venture Arts by Hamble-Rose Dean

Venture Arts volunteers assist their team of professional artists within the studio environment. They support learning disabled people to produce high quality artwork resulting in increased wellbeing confidence, social and creative skills. Volunteers at Venture Arts come from all walks of life – student, professional, creative, social care and health. Equally, volunteers choose to give their ...

Just what does it take to make a show accessible? (Or as accessible as it possibly can be). And a few other thoughts on access thrown in…

  Great & Tiny War is the most ambitious show I’ve ever made. Or maybe I’ve said that before?! How to Live where I launched my own Therapy Empire at Barbican Theatre in 2004 was really massive. When I had the idea of 2,000 ‘pea patients’ dancing the Mexican wave as a finale, accompanied by a choir ...

Sensing Helen: Life was difficult for many women in Victorian times – but how did society view disability?

Sensing Helen, a documentary by Dorset-based director Tam Gilbert, explores the lives of two women born in Dorset in the mid –1800s and compares them with Tam’s own experiences and those of other visually impaired women today. Elizabeth Groves from Weymouth and Sophia Ridout from Sturminster Newton, both went to the Bristol School of Industry for ...

DET: I never read the woman in the window…..

Continuing in the vein of a Disability Equality course I alight on an opportunity to reflect on negative imagery. The photo here is from an Ad man seeking to sell a book but; I never read the woman in the window… The woman in the window is a thriller alright Paranoid. She hears foxes scream in the alley The ...

“You’re Not Trans… You’re Autistic!”

Aimee Challenor is 20 years. She is a transgender individual and also autistic. She and others from Trans communities feel they have had their Transgender identity undermined by medical professionals because of their autism. This has led to the delaying of gender reassignment procedures. How does it feel to ‘come out’ as Trans, only to have to hide autism? Challenor speaks out about juggling these two identities.  Challenor’s first ...

Visibility and Me: Poetry, Pathways and Pressure.

As a PhD student living with a disability, occupying space is both a fascinating and problematic process. Walking with a wheelchair like I do means I am very visible to those within my institution and indeed to the public, blending in isn’t an option. One of the reasons for this is because I move through ...

A message from me, Nelly

Hi all This is a message from Nelly and Neville. We are sister and brother and we are more or less identical twins: but this is a message from me, Nelly. Thing is, I'm not sure I should write about us as kith and kin; we're not people: we are neurons. We are miniscule but essential ...

The Outing

Algie and Doreen were in fine, nattering form: "We're hoping the rain holds off" Algie told me. Like me, they had arrived early. Sitting beside my wheelchair space at the front of the coach, Doreen, a plump woman with frizzy salt-and-pepper hair, unpacked her bag, handed Algie his copy of the Star, and took out ...