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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.

 

What’s Inside Box #117?

The contents of Box #117 is the result of many months work as part of the Insight Project: a collaborate project developed by Outside In at Pallant House Gallery and University of Chichester. I was paired with recent MA Fine Art graduate Deborah Petch and supported by another graduate Rachel Redfern, who acted as facilitator for ...

Dinner! Dinner! Dinner!

The mobile unit is for breast screening. So as shabby as it is, I’m not welcome there. I walk away from my partner, leaving her there. Then I see this familiar looking hero standing in a strange place above a bike shed. He appeared to be holding a halo, a club programme and had beads ...

A Very Queer Nazi Faust is happening!

Working as an independent poet, artist and campaigner, I'm going to make the following happen in 2017 in Norwich. A Very Queer Nazi Faust is an experimental participatory theatre project. It's to celebrate 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, and to highlight the plight of disabled people under the current government. You ...

Whose Values Do We Value? We Value Our Own

I've been sitting on this for a while. Dame Louise Casey said; "But we also need more of a spirit of unity, compassion and kindness that brings people together under our common British values of tolerance, democracy, equality and respect." Eleanor Lisney discussed it on Facebook. I contributed some of the thoughts below and left them ...

In Breath We Walk

Strange how a mood, personal or national, changes an intention. I had it in mind to write a celebratory piece on a path that runs between Dartington and Totnes, which proclaims itself an 'access path for all'. It was to be a celebration of community. There was nothing but goodness in the initial draft but ...

is hearing the voice durhams uncritical promoting ov eugenicist awarded medal by göring cooool?

godwins laws some internet-saying as discussion grows anything will end compared to hitler but hearing the voice durham do include writings ov eugenicist given medal by göring in their current exhibition / online & completely without context & so am questioning this facts matter despite what were increasingly told: exhibition - hearing voices: suffering, inspiration, and ...

My Misery Work

A few years ago I had a breakdown. Life had left me tangled up and in a heap. I began to make what I affectionately call my 'Misery Work'. Spilling out my emotions through words, scribbles, and altered photographs. I was responding to what life had thrown at me by creating visual artworks.     I didn't realise at ...

Artists, time to throw down the gauntlet

The self portrait of these times cannot be of our backs, the turning of it, the hiding of faces, the gazing of shoes. The self-portrait of our times has to be of us staring evil straight in the face and laughing, making it look small, petty and pathetic. It is about making walls ashamed to ...

Signs: Polemic aka Pointing Percy

I sat, excited, waiting and watching for the news on the Doug Paulley case which was due last Wednesday. I had to move on. By the time I came back, the news was out and the net was humming. Dennis Queen called him 'The Bomb', Jane Campbell said 'My Hero'. I referred to my Midland ...

A vision for creative gallery access for people with learning difficulties

As a child I was inspired by ‘Vision On’ – a TV programmed presented by Tony Hart – and I knew that I could be an artist when many around me doubted it. I believe many other people with learning disabilities can achieve success if they have opportunity and the appropriate support. Unfortunately, this was not ...