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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.

 

Paralympic Athletes mural to be unveiled…

I have been working on a mural for the Paralympic Atheletes to be unveiled later on this year… Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, David Weir, Ade Adepitan, Jonnie Peacock, Kadeena Cox, and Ellie Simmonds all feature. I painted all the athletes in action with the intention of showing their determination. I only had small images to work from ...

For Esme (Wherever Life May Find Her)

Researching images for a powerpoint and speech on advocacy I came across a Carl Jung quote. Something about, it's not what happened to you it's about what you become. I liked that. It fitted very well with what I wanted to say. Two days later I was out with a young family. Two of the ...

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys: Some Belated Praise for the Equals

Last year I bought a copy of a music magazine called Shindig. A magazine that covers music from past decades. The main focus often being on the 1960s. In particular, the psychedelic music that blossomed in the second half of the decade. My main reason for buying the magazine was for the article about the ...

The last morning of the residency in Ramallah

The group continued working up to the last minute. A strong initial body of work has already been produced, and powerful relationships forged.  Rachel made sure that all the artists have a good supply of materials to help them through creating art into the autumn.  And we said goodbye, reluctantly, to Star Mountain. The capabilities ...

A trip to the museum of Mahmoud Dawish and the Tower Restaurant

After a good mornings work, Amani again provided a welcome lunchtime diversion, a ‘shwarma picnic’; Amani has been an irreplaceable support in organizing locally, and in making the group’s stay as comfortable and productive as possible. We had planned today to drive to Bethlehem as a group, to visit sites of interest and inspiration for art; ...

Rachel prepares for the next stage of ‘It Was Paradise’

The work continues apace. And today I headed into town to meet with the Art Director of the Qattan Foundation in Ramallah, to explore the possibilities of grant applications and collaboration with It was Paradise. I visited the art shop in Ramallah, a shop that clearly reminds me of my Middle East childhood (with literally hundreds ...

Confusion follows a trip to see Ramps on the Moon theatre adaptation of the Who’s ‘Tommy’

I recently went to see the production of Tommy at West Yorkshire Playhouse. With shows by companies of disabled people or featuring disabled actors few and far between in Leeds, I was keen to see it. But I did have a bit of nervousness. I haven’t seen the film of Tommy, but I remember the ...

Fred gets up to some hijinks at the Brighton Fringe Festival…

We’ve got a small feast of performance from a range of disability performing arts companies in the Brighton Fringe Festival this year. In a recent interview on DAO Sarah Perryman, Head of Participant Services said that the Fringe were making inroads towards upping their game in terms of attracting disability shows and audiences and there ...

The mid-point of the ‘It Was Paradise’ residency

The third day of working has been largely studio-based, and I have taken the time to impart technical skills and more painting and drawing is underway, with the motive to creating a comprehensive body artworks for the future of the project. Today there is a general strike in Palestine, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, with ...

Palestinian Young Filmmakers Society filmmakers interview the group

On the second morning of work Isra’ Odeh and Firas Addasi (Palestinian Young Filmmakers Society filmmakers) arrived at eight-thirty am. and it so happens that the group had set up for the work outside, in various locations in the grounds of Star Mountain. The beginnings of the themes were explored, concerning, in different ways, the ...