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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.

 

OCD – part of the Hidden Project series on Invisible impairment

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 ...

Hanging in the Balance’ a prophetic piece of family theatre…

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 ...

Norwich Pride awaits the next installment of A Very Queer Nazi Faust

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 ...

Signs: Dogs

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 ...

What if you can’t run and there’s nowhere to hide from yourself?

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. It goes ...

History into Fiction: From Blind Asylums, to Glasgow Strikes and Riots (including Jujitsu Suffragettes!), to The 1920 Blind March

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: ...

Signdance Collective present ‘Carthage/ Cartagena’

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 ...

The Long Slow Death Of A Glorious Servant

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. The whirlpool Spins above the table Eddying papers far away Threatening the in tray He dream't under anesthetic Of being attacked by ...

Authentic community led arts

And the challenges of truly & honestly reflecting participant’s creativity within the confines of an arts council funded project, by Artistic Director, Simon Magnus IDEAS 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 ...

Signs: Taking On The Cattle

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 ...