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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.

 

Colouring Books that Cross the Line

I've created some colouring books for those of us who of us who can't stay between the lines. The first two to come out are my 'I Love Psychiatry' colouring book, dedicated to those driven crazy by this beautiful world and then loved so deeply by psychiatry. I posted that this book was coming out ...

Declaration 4: Half A Pound Of Freedom

Another poem from the Crouch End Conservation Project I'm working on. I really struggled for a way in. As a subject slavery calls for responsible responses and really what is a town hall in comparison to a life. Plus during my early days in the movement I was told by people like Anna Thorpe and ...

Puppetry & Disability at Nottingham Puppet Festival

As part of the Nottingham (UK) Puppet Festival (22nd till 25th March) Artist, writer and puppet maker Corina Duyn will be giving two talks: Puppetry, Disability & Health, and Writing for Puppetry Corina will also be attending Puppet Place in Bristol (UK), 29th March. And as keynote speaker at  Broken Puppet 2  A Symposium on Puppetry and Disability Performance, held ...

South London swimming

Streatham, which is where I swam at that time, had a superb pool – or at least you could see it had once been superb, with a spectators’ balcony and a stage at one end: imagine swimming to an orchestral performance of Die Moldau! Well, I could imagine. The bath’s management had let the building decline. ...

The Ritualised Humiliations of our Glorious Servant

The Ritualised Humiliations of our Glorious Servant In which the hairy old grey beard reflects on a bad day in a bad life sometimes illuminated by the right to sound off. 1. On another day when if there had been a bar she could have warmed cold beer with her tears but that day gone, laid to ...

From Ping Pong to Cha Cha Cha

On International Women's Day, Jane Campbell talks about achieving her long-held goal to perform as a dancer I first encountered Wheelchair Dance at an exhibition given in Italy at the Para Table Tennis European Championships where I was representing Great Britain. I was captivated by the beauty of it and the freedom it gave the disabled ...

Artists are Stronger than You Think.

If you read my last blog, you're in little doubt the pain I can be in, but after reading something by Toni Morrison about an artist's strength, my hearts beats a little stronger, a shipwreck with more sail than base.  Strength comes in goes in waves, but there is no denying those artists who have ...

Acorn: The Longest Rope

Y.O. asks; YOUR PIECE VIII: What are your attachments: (a) Animate: (b) Inanimate? I reply on a day we go to Oxford Street to meet with family Acorn; The Longest Rope Cousins What are these ties that bind A flimsy string to cut To lace new, ever smaller shoes A chance for clans To meet and talk of duty As they wait for death And ...

‘Strano’ by Alessandro Schiatarella: Exploring invisible disability through dance

When we enter the performance room of the Tanzhaus Zurich, we are already greeted by a hypnotic rhythm that plays in the background, and one of the dancers is moving along the wall. The audience perceives this as a warm-up, and only starts paying attention as the music and the movement gradually get more and ...

Stretching myself too far

Tio and I used to enjoy accompanying my mother on holidays to Southwold - a time-warped resort on the Suffolk coast. It is distinguished by an absence of noisy slot-machine arcades and the presence of plenty of antique shops. We found a cottage right on the front. Mother used to spend hours sitting on the ...