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.
January 8, 2019 - by Richard Downes
642 Things To Write About instructs that I write to a house plant telling it why it needs to live or something like that. But I am on my holidays. I am south of where I usually live and that can only mean my annual meet up with Whistling Jack.
642 Meets Whistling Jack in the
January 7, 2019 - by Bryony Parsons
A new year is here,
What is a new yea to you?
A new year is to face my fears,
It's one step closer to the future,
What is a new year to you?
A new year is a new you,
It's an opportunity to try something new,
It gives you the chance to start a new hobby or two,
It's a chance
January 4, 2019 - by Jo-anne Cox
Wow! It took me a year to fundraise for my project. I received the good news but my reaction was not as expected. Yes I was pleased, but utterly drained by the whole process. Another few days for it to sink in and I was really happy and excited.
Fundraising is tough. My particular challenges of
January 3, 2019 - by Bryony Parsons
Do you ever feel like you're all alone? I do. Isolation should be stopped. No one likes to be alone.
The howling of the wind,
The heavy rain fall,
The rumble of thunder,
The combination of them all,
The storm makes darkness appear,
You see no light at the end of the tunnel,
You feel like a broken chandelier,
As you stare
January 2, 2019 - by Richard Downes
Declaration 13 – Freedom of Movement Versus Money
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.
2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
Whilst pursuing these collected poetic actions for a conservation course I have constantly called upon
December 27, 2018 - by Aidan Moesby
I’m shooting from the hip on this one. I’m angry, frustrated, pi**ed off.
I have just had another rejection, that makes 11 on the bounce without being shortlisted or interviewed. I know it's a numbers game and something just has to turn up soon. Also the funding situation is such that more and more people are
December 19, 2018 - by Richard Downes
Sharing Yoko’s Sky Piece 1 we asked our own questions and came up with our own answers. It's what we do, when we do it.
Acorn; The Sky Today
Sits lonesome in a bedroom
Grieves parental loss
Lifts her head and sees it
Elemental life force
Always there, always giving
She takes a cloud
Wraps it round her shoulders
Names it comfort
December 17, 2018 - by Colin Hambrook
2018 has been a year of cuts to services, with Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) leading the way in protesting against Universal Credit, which is being rolled out across the country. Combined with the dissolution of Disability Living Allowance, the Independent Living Fund and cuts to Access to Work, the cumulative effect has been
December 17, 2018 - by Richard Downes
I am really stuck for thoughts for this sign today so I’ll leave it short and sweet. Succinct and full of meaning. If you can add rhymes to the beginning please feel free to go ahead. You are most welcome to occupy my empty spaces.
Signs; Maximum Stay
You are allowed to stay
For just two hours
December 15, 2018 - by Bryony Parsons
Thought I'd write a little poem for Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!
C is for Christ, it's Christmas again
H is for Hurry, time is running out
I is for imagination, what gift can i get them?
S is for socialising, and shopping till you drop
T is for tree, putting up the Christmas decorations is what the tree is all