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.
March 16, 2018 - by Dolly Sen
I've created some colouring books for those of us who of us who can't stay between the lines. The first two to come out are my 'I Love Psychiatry' colouring book, dedicated to those driven crazy by this beautiful world and then loved so deeply by psychiatry. I posted that this book was coming out
March 15, 2018 - by Richard Downes
Another poem from the Crouch End Conservation Project I'm working on. I really struggled for a way in. As a subject slavery calls for responsible responses and really what is a town hall in comparison to a life. Plus during my early days in the movement I was told by people like Anna Thorpe and
March 11, 2018 - by Corina Duyn
As part of the Nottingham (UK) Puppet Festival (22nd till 25th March)
Artist, writer and puppet maker Corina Duyn will be giving two talks:
Puppetry, Disability & Health, and Writing for Puppetry
Corina will also be attending Puppet Place in Bristol (UK), 29th March.
And as keynote speaker at Broken Puppet 2 A Symposium on Puppetry and Disability Performance, held
March 10, 2018 - by Nick Lewis
Streatham, which is where I swam at that time, had a superb pool – or at least you could see it had once been superb, with a spectators’ balcony and a stage at one end: imagine swimming to an orchestral performance of Die Moldau! Well, I could imagine.
The bath’s management had let the building decline.
March 9, 2018 - by Richard Downes
The Ritualised Humiliations of our Glorious Servant
In which the hairy old grey beard reflects on a bad day in a bad life sometimes illuminated by the right to sound off.
1. On another day when if there had been a bar she could have warmed cold beer with her tears but that day gone, laid to
March 8, 2018 - by Step Change Studios
On International Women's Day, Jane Campbell talks about achieving her long-held goal to perform as a dancer
I first encountered Wheelchair Dance at an exhibition given in Italy at the Para Table Tennis European Championships where I was representing Great Britain. I was captivated by the beauty of it and the freedom it gave the disabled
March 7, 2018 - by Dolly Sen
If you read my last blog, you're in little doubt the pain I can be in, but after reading something by Toni Morrison about an artist's strength, my hearts beats a little stronger, a shipwreck with more sail than base. Strength comes in goes in waves, but there is no denying those artists who have
March 6, 2018 - by Richard Downes
Y.O. asks; YOUR PIECE VIII: What are your attachments: (a) Animate: (b) Inanimate?
I reply on a day we go to Oxford Street to meet with family
Acorn; The Longest Rope
What are these ties that bind
A flimsy string to cut
To lace new, ever smaller shoes
A chance for clans
To meet and talk of duty
As they wait for death
March 5, 2018 - by Nina Muehlemann
When we enter the performance room of the Tanzhaus Zurich, we are already greeted by a hypnotic rhythm that plays in the background, and one of the dancers is moving along the wall. The audience perceives this as a warm-up, and only starts paying attention as the music and the movement gradually get more and
March 1, 2018 - by Nick Lewis
Tio and I used to enjoy accompanying my mother on holidays to Southwold - a time-warped resort on the Suffolk coast. It is distinguished by an absence of noisy slot-machine arcades and the presence of plenty of antique shops. We found a cottage right on the front. Mother used to spend hours sitting on the