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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.

 

Four buildings across Edinburgh with a wealth of talent happening behind their doors

Tanya and myself managed to squeeze in an afternoon visit to Garvald in Edinburgh on our trip to Scotland. We were greeted at the converted Edwardian school by the Art Studio facilitator and Exhibitions Coordinator Morven MacCrae. Garvald has been going in some form for over fifty years and now has four sites across Edinburgh, ...

Festival Reviews: Nicola Tuxworth reviews comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe!

MANDY KNIGHT'S The Dark Knight Reviewed by Nicola Tuxworth 5 stars Mandy Knight’s one-woman comedy show at the Voodoo Rooms was a performance not to be missed! It might also be handy to have a surgeon on standby as your sides will split with laughter! Within the first ten minutes of the show, the laughter grips you from the ...

Signs; The Letters We Write

Danners may remember the Colin Low Lecture; ‘Have Disability Rights Gone Too far’. I was reminded of it by the time I finished this poem. I was also put in mind of a social model expectation that a better world for us would be a better world for everyone. Signs; The Letters We Write Should the letters ...

P R A X I S

Praxis-Forum is a year-long programme of monthly peer mentoring forums hosted by The Showroom, London. The first session took place on Monday 11 June 2018 from 6:30 to 9:00pm. The project is lead by Jackie and the forum members are: Marie; Alison; Dionysia; Adam; Jessie; Chloe; Sarah; Andrew; Joe; Bijan; Caroline. I am a member of the ...

Project Ability and its reach across Glasgow

Since 1984 Project Ability has existed in Glasgow and has been in two previous venues before settling into Trongate 103 in 2009, where it occupies two floors of a very large cultural building. With Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council as the main core funders, Project Ability supports well over 100 artists each week across ...

Are you sitting comfortably? Or are you sitting properly?

I've been seething about seating for ages. My first Access to Work assessment was in 1998. The man in the posture shop said they had the perfect chair – a ridiculously enormous contraption big enough for two of me. But what did I know? (K’ching!) Since then I’ve had many more encounters with a range of ‘experts’, ...

Festival Reviews: Paul Mayhew-Archer’s Incurable Optimist

PAUL MAYHEW-ARCHER'S Incurable Optimist  Reviewed by Gavin Yule 5 stars With a mix of brilliant comedy and moving moments Paul Mayhew-Archer explains how Parkinson's disease has affected his life. At the beginning of the show Mayhew-Archer explains to the audience that this is not a show about Parkinson's disease but more about his life. His journey into comedy and ...

Sitting on a pot of gold

I saw a rainbow once. It pointed to a house. Who lived there? Was he rich? Would he use the money well? Sitting on a pot of gold Malchey is as sad a soul As ever sat on a pot of gold His expectations over ruled By a fair assessment Malchey chooses to sit things out Wait for winter first to fade Before ...

Festival Reviews: My Left/Right Foot – The Musical

5 stars  BIRDS OF PARADISE THEATRE COMPANY AND THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND Comedy and song become one in My Left/Right Foot, a comedy musical which tells the story of a local amateur dramatic company who attempt to perform an adaption of My Left Foot. The play, directed by Birds of Paradise Artistic Director, Robert Softley Gale gives ...

Making a film about psychosis – please donate to our indiegogo page

Inside is the second film in my trilogy of films about psychosis. The first film 'Outside' looked at the subjective experience of psychosis. 'OUTSIDE' has been shown at international film festivals, used in mental health campaigns and as a teaching aid for doctors and screened at psychiatric conferences worldwide. It has also had a profoundly positive ...