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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.

 

3 Wheels

One of my top photos here. I just like the shapes and colours and composition I guess. I also liked the convenience of it. A short walk to the bus stop and there it was; complete with an idea about 3 wheels on a wagon, riding up from memory, which was allowed to lie and ...

My Book ‘DSM 69’ – Your Support Needed.

DSM 69 is my subversive take on psychiatry through art and writing, and Eleusinian Press, a small publishing company has started a kickstarter campaign to fund a print run so my mischief and mental health activism can reach further into the world. This is what my publisher has written on the kickstarter page: Dolly Sen is ...

Signs: Push

Another song of exhortation, encouragement. I feel like I've been a long time gone from disability activism, that I've settled for work, photography and poetry, but my street actions were of a time, a time shared by others. I know also that there are others doing and leading the pushing (the activism) now. This song ...

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Hurt - Deleted Dignity - Deleted Love - Deleted Tears - Deleted Humanity - Deleted Belonging - Deleted Dreams - Deleted Meaning - Deleted Loneliness - Never, ever Deleted

‘Guide Gods’ by Claire Cunningham: review by Sarah Watson

I went to see Guide Gods as part of SICK! Festival 2017 at the Meeting House, University of Sussex I found lots of the small bits of this show very enjoyable. Claire Cunningham says of it that "as someone who doesn’t follow a faith" she realised that she didn’t know or understand how various faiths view ...

‘To Belong’ by Theatre Stap: review by Sarah Watson

I went to see this show as part of SICK! Festival 2017 at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Brighton I liked the show but it is hard to say what it is about. It was very energetic and I got carried away with the music. They were all clearly having a good time and it made ...

Signs: Crip Hero

I love this sign. I think its the most profound of them all. But its been a bugger. Something to work on. I hate work. Working on writing that is. What was I going to do with this sign? Then on waking up, the opening line came. Buts that’s all, Nothing else. That’s pretty good. ...

Awkward Bastards challenging the absence of diversity from the cultural landscape

DASH's Awkwards Bastards symposium returns for another year, in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and mac Birmingham, taking place at the mac on 22-23 March. I caught the morning session of the first day via livestream. With introductions from Caro Parker and Mike Layward, DASH began their day with a warm up from Tanya ...

Signs: Majority

Another pic from the Barbican. This one, count them, showing a majority of international crip signs over and above international gender representations. Sometimes I have thought, contrary to the demands of inclusion, that we segregate, go it alone, provide for ourselves, include ourselves and damn all others. I have never thought what if we were the mighty, ...

Dust Poems

1. Dust preserved in memory The Dust dances on a sunbeam Cast through curtains into a darkened room My mother has her cloth hands stayed by a terse instruction Her cloth ears understand Leave the Dust The Dust I’m told by grandma Is but dead skin and hair She wants it there Collecting, nesting, layering the sideboard The physical remains of a man Who’s jolly girth heaves ...