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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 outrageous Araniello plays the Yard…

I've followed the work of Katherine Araniello over several decades and recall her pre-Art School days in the mid-90s when she performed as Plastic Anorexic at London Disability Arts Forum cabaret events. She displayed an eye for creating a spectacle and had an ear for a 'good' pop song way back then. Her brand of ...

So let’s talk about representation of bodies… richard iii redux

There has been a spate of high profile all-female productions of Shakespeare the past few years – Maxine Peake playing Hamlet in Manchester and Phillyda Lloyd’s trilogy of Julius Caesar, Henry IV and last year’s The Tempest, to name just a few. As a woman working in theatre, I applaud any attempt to provide more visible platforms for women practitioners, ...

The Glorious Servant Dreams about The Department of What and Pardon

It had been a hard day of concentration at the office. The Glorious Servant had applied himself to processes of application, focusing on rules, regulations and get out/get off clauses. Thinking back in time he remembered a name. He thought it was Joseph Heller. Regardless of correctness he settled for that. Before going to sleep ...

Loving Music Hating Racism – Basil and me

Being involved in Love Music Hate Racism is one of the greatest, most rewarding things I have ever done. Racism is a evil epidemic of discrimination which highlights the way the establishment divides us and causes mistrust within our communities. Differences strengthen society; not weaken it. Diversity enriches our culture and communities; not dilutes it. ...

Becoming a father

Conception had not been easy for us. I had fathered two children with my previous wife, but to be on the safe side took some fertility tests. Hurray! Disability seemed not to have harmed my fertility. But there was a role reversal . Somehow Tio kept having miscarriages. But hurray again! Those two tell-tale lines ...

Sanctuary – Film Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDF-KMAMtZg A of friendly piece of advice to a film director seeking to get his film financed and distributed; “Who wants to see a film about retards having sex?”. How many attitudinal barriers exist in that sentence? Language. Here’s another one. According to Director, Len Collin, at a Q and A, given at the Arthouse Cinema, subsequent ...

Can Autism Awareness be Counter-Productive?

Recently I attended a small talk on Autism Awareness. I took a seat around a large square table. While waiting for the speaker to arrive I chatted with a group of women; some told me that they had a daughter, son or brother on the spectrum and had come for advice. Others had come because it ...

On the fiddle…

I don’t really know why I’m reviving old memories by writing this blog (my very first in 75 years) but I am still a Disabled person and proud to be so. I just felt it was time to reach out to see if any of my old friends in the wacky world of Disability are ...

Signs: Faded

I’m not sure what got me here. A stinking October cold or just a feeling of unremitting effort, trying to achieve something, doing fairly well and then just feeling like I’ve been kicked in the teeth within the grounds of people and places that need to learn to show more humanity – no names. Signs: Faded Fucking ...

New Year, New Challenges

2017 was a busy but exciting year and I have now successfully been working at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for six months. These months have gone by so quickly but a lot has been achieved in this time. Conferences During my time with the BSO, I have attended some fascinating conferences. On 29 September I attended the ...