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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.

 

100 Meters – Time Is (A Communal Poetry Exercise)

A friend appeared to be talking to me on messenger. After a polite intro the talk turned to receiving funding. Aye up!!! This now looks like he’s been hacked. I mail an alert to him. He confirms the hack. He asks how my time on the dole is going. I reply with Time Is. Time ...

Not Half Right at The University of Atypical Gallery, Belfast

Today I am blowing the dust of my blog to write about my upcoming exhibition Not Half Right opening at The University of Atypical Gallery, Belfast in November 10th. The show, named after my blog, is a disjointed narrative of my chronically ill life as I enter my seventh decade with all guns not blazing. Not ...

Punjabi Women’s Writing Group

May 2018 was the start to something new, something quite out of the ordinary… it was the start to Wolverhampton’s first ever Punjabi Women’s Writing Group. There are a few Punjabi Shyiaree (poetry) groups around but none which is dedicated to and run by Punjabi Women. Offa’s Press manager, Simon Fletcher, has played an active role in ...

An art studio occupying several arches in Hastings

Our visit to Project Art Works marked the end of our traveling and the end of the research phase of this Arts Council England funded project. We were really excited to see their new studio/archive space, as well as to find out what was happening concurrently at Tate Exchange in Tate Liverpool, as half the ...

Acorn: Everything Changes Daily

A response to Yoko Ono’s Sky Piece IV. Her imagination puts me in her place, moves me home, finds me redundant, failing interviews and brings back a memory of someone else I never kissed. Make a list of all the people you never kissed. Reach out to them. Those last two instructions make me feel ...

Here the Curator Speaks of Shape Shifting Spaces

Cut Up Review of Space Shifters @ Hayward Gallery, 26th September 2018 - 6th January 2019 (including portions of a press release from Drag; Self-Portraits and Body Politics – no longer at the Hayward.) I attended an exhibition. It confounded me. What do you write about something like this. I took the exhibition guide and the press ...

Producers and Curators : The Legacy and Power of Knowledge

Earlier this year I did a Clore Intensive – a 2-week residential course for leaders in the cultural sector. This course has allowed me to think differently about things. About many things in fact, particularly to do with leadership and the cultural sector. So it kind of did what it said on the tin – ...

Playing the Proms in the Park and the BBC Relaxed Prom

My time with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been unbelievable, but the last few months especially have been a real whirlwind. From what began as just an idea I had over 4 years ago, to performing at the BBC Proms alongside the full orchestra, I can hardly believe that it’s all actually happening. After finishing the ...

642; Our Diet and a Diet for Getting Fat

The table marks your place. You are low grade caste below. At the end of the hall the staff are elevated. Status gilded on a plate; they don’t eat what we eat. They are apart, they sit apart, talk amongst themselves, retain special privileges. A word or sound out of the dinner line and they ...

Signs: A Room And A View

In spite of appearances this simple story is not a crack at the young for failing to take up the civil rights baton. It is a look into the future based on stories of the war the older generation used to festoon me with. Well, festoon being an exaggeration actually. The war is still with ...