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.
July 29, 2018 - by Vince Laws
DWP DEATHS MAKE ME SICK shrouds made by Vince Laws as part of the set for A Very Queer Nazi Faust, a live performance protest, at Norwich Arts Centre, on Weds 12 Sept at 8pm. Tickets £6.66!
On July 24 the shrouds were seen at a DPAC protest at government policies in London and feature in
July 25, 2018 - by Nick Lewis
Mind you, he's a decent sort. Ex-Merchant Navy and NUM shop steward - house work learned at sea and many a behind-the-scenes tale of miners' struggles. I liked the stories. They coincided with my experience years ago, vainly trying to build a revolutionary party in South Yorkshire and selling Trotskyist papers at the pit-head.
July 25, 2018 - by Richard Downes
I'm having to consider my position on these signs i photograph and why it means something to me, why i'm inspired to have a pop or show support? Sometimes I see the signs as a joke, sometimes they get my goat, sometimes the way they appear to just fit the way I am. I consider
July 25, 2018 - by Flotilla
Russell Jakubowski - recent Flotilla workshop at Watts gallery.
I'm very pleased to post this photo of Angie who made great progress with her craft for our Flotilla. Drawing inspiration from James Henry Pullen It's designed to travel the cosmos looking for music.
It already looks wonderful, such a simple and evocative form, I cant wait to
July 24, 2018 - by Vince Laws
I'm making DWP Shrouds as giant pages from Faust's book. They get hung out one by one throughout A Very Queer Nazi Faust, until the stage full of them, then the auditorium, and then the garden on the way out. All are 6' x 4' spray paint on fabric.
Order! Order! Detain them Sergeant!
We must have
July 19, 2018 - by Richard Downes
Another book of instructions is being pursued here. The instruction makes me think of the earth, weather conditions, the state of man, a man, this man; sadness when conditions meet and strategies we devise to stay mostly sane.
Juice: The First Sip
The sun is hot
It beats down on the earth
As you are hot
And beat your woman
July 17, 2018 - by Nick Lewis
Richard burst through the door from the changing area into the cafe. He was dressed in long swimming shorts with a sunflower motif, and nothing else. This was no surprise, given that we were at the pool for the weekly session of the Oxford Water Rats, and we were waiting for a changing room to
July 13, 2018 - by Deborah Caulfield
Much has happened since I last blogged, but little of note has been created. I’ve always tended to flit a bit, but I seem to be flitting a lot more than before. The problem isn't lack of ideas, I get lots. I’m short on attention span. Lately I can barely scribble for more then ten minutes.
July 11, 2018 - by Vince Laws
Wretched Norfolk poet, John Faust, has had his benefits stopped, the bailiffs are due to evict him, his dog's in the vets dying, he needs a new clutch for the car, and he can't finish his poetic masterpiece while the voices inside his head torment him. In despair he throws himself off Beeston Bump, Norfolk's
July 10, 2018 - by Richard Downes
There’s a lamp post outside on the pavement, where I live, where I happened to find and photograph an old crumpled sticker. Shaped like a psychedelic cross I can read the words; ‘Vote Conservative to end the...’. I have no idea of the words that follow. You might. Love to hear how you would complete