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.
March 18, 2019 - by Oska Bright Film Festival
Hi, I’m Matthew Kennedy, an artist/filmmaker from Glasgow, Scotland. I’m pleased to be writing my first blog post for Disability Arts Online about how Oska Bright Film Festival has given me a platform as a queer learning disabled filmmaker and how I’ve come to appreciate and love what the film festival has done in terms
March 15, 2019 - by Step Change Studios
‘Be enablers, not disablers’ – these words capture the heart and message behind Breaking Ballroom, a short documentary film produced and directed by film student Dragana Njegic. The film has been selected as a finalist in the Courage Film Festival taking place in Berlin from 4-6th April 2019. The Festival highlights filmmakers who use their
March 14, 2019 - by Learning Disabled Art Studios
To round off the Arts Council England funded research trip that Tanya-Raabe Webber has been on around the UK and Finland, there will be a Sharing Day and Exhibition in Shrewsbury.
Places for the Sharing Day are limited, but the exhibition launch is open to all on Friday 12 April 2019. Please email Tanya should
March 14, 2019 - by Colin Hambrook
There's a bit of a revolution going down at the Battersea Arts Centre. The recent Rest & Resistance festival, curated by Jess Thom and Touretteshero, was the beginning of a new inclusive approach being spearheaded by the arts centre to considering what it means to be a relaxed venue.
To give some background to Thom's journey
March 14, 2019 - by Letty McHugh
Hi, my name is Letty McHugh, I’m an artist and a writer and one of the recipients of the Emergence Bursary. I wanted to write an introduction post to my practice and the project I’m working on for the bursary, but I’ve been putting it off for two weeks because it makes me so nervous.
March 13, 2019 - by Leo Wight
In this first blog post I am going to answer a few questions about my practice, to give some insight into my work. In future posts I will be documenting my making, thoughts and experiences throughout the Emergence project.
What photographic processes do you like to use and why?
I work mostly with black and white film
March 8, 2019 - by Richard Downes
A long drawn out recovery demonstrating the next part of my Disability Equality Training Course as poetry
DET, The Medical Model and Me
I am impaired
Where do I go to get fixed?
Where can I be changed?
Where can I go to get right?
Where oh where do I start my search?
I don’t fit in
I want to fit
I want to
March 7, 2019 - by Bryony Parsons
It's a conversation,
I just can't have tonight,
despite your desperation,
i am ready to take flight.
I look at you,
you look at me,
I can see a storm waiting to brew,
as you do nothing but insult me.
You won't admit when you are wrong,
It's always all about you,
you make me feel like I don't belong,
If only you knew the hurt
March 6, 2019 - by Gary Thomas
How & Why
I’m sitting here trying to remember how my memoir actually came about. I think, because of the life I’ve had – being born with a flat nose and cleft palate, not being able to talk properly until I was 10, and having mental health issues (some of which were caused by the
March 5, 2019 - by Jane McCormick
A few years ago I heard about an artist who put on a solo show while housebound by chronic illness. All her dealings with the gallery, including the installation and opening, were done through Skype. After hearing about her success at breaking the housebound artist to gallery barrier I began to entertain the notion that