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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.

 

New mixed media work from Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt with support from Sonia Boue recently completed two mixed media pieces on board, "Oh Winged Dove of a yellow river" and "The Sparkle of the Pear". Richard normally works on canvas and wanted to experiment with different media. Richard is a founding member of the Shadowlight artists, and is the 2017 Shape Open ...

Pullen’s Party at Liberty Festival

As a member of Access All Areas’ Performance Company, it was fantastic to meet and work with a new company, Vital Xposure, because it is really important as a performer to have contacts for possible future projects. Vital Xposure were very welcoming and they really encouraged us to shine. When I became familiar with James Henry ...

Elements

I have no idea why I wrote this a week or 2 or 5 ago. I guess its no more than a response to something I saw. A fire sign submerged in flooded water. I can’t remember where I learned about the elements or why I would want to know, what class I was in ...

Notes from a scriptwriting workshop

Just look at me and concentrate. That, I think, might have freaked me out. No. No, no. It was good. We paired up and concentrated hard with each other as we were each asked to think of a tune. It's amazing how much your face conveys. Some of us guessed the actual tune being thought ...

LauraDDances’ #FMyStrengthSolo at National Paralympic Day/Liberty Festival

Let's start at the beginning shall we? So, I have been developing a solo piece for some time now, all based around a song I wrote with a friend called Finding My Strength. And let's go further back to where the song came from. In May 2004 I met Chuckie. Chuckie is my right stump. That's ...

The government I lead…

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Hagiography

Today in the ongoing diary of a holy fool I stopped to wonder if it could have been different then. Hagiography Poet. Wasted. High On Drugs Low On Depression Waiting for the word. No. Don’t do it. Poet. Wasted. High On Drugs Low On Depression Hears the word. No. Don’t do it. Poet. Wasted. High On Drugs Low On Depression Obeys the word. No. Don’t do it. No longer Poet High On Drugs Low ...

Pitch Yourself: on the pleasures and pitfalls of publishing with Penny Pepper

On 1 July LinkUpArts brought Penny Pepper to Salisbury Arts Centre to lead us through a workshop. The sun shone and there was a buzz of anticipation in the room. Today was not just another creative explosion, today was getting down to the nitty-gritty of publishing. A screen covered the back wall, a technician tweaked ...

Journeying half way across the world in search of fools’ gold

I first met Gaele Sobott from Outlandish Arts in London back in the autumn of 2015 when she interviewed me for her blog and we began talking about the possibility of working together. Later that year in a conversation with Rowan James about the pitfalls of making work under the disability arts banner we came ...

Observation

What no signs, no photo? Sometimes, something you read, or misread, will set you off on a thought. Here's one that happened to me. You can read it. Comment on the blog if you like. Do your own thing. Observation Lou Reed said We are lucky to be alive At the same time as Leonard Cohen Lou and Len Are dead Aren’t ...