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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.

 

Finding commonalities between global banking and disability arts / 22 July 2015

Never in a million years did I think that my job in the UK disability arts scene would take me to a trading floor of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, just off Times Square in New York City. Somehow that is exactly what happened yesterday as I accompanied artist Sue Austin on yet another amazing ...

Sadcrip/ supercrip: two sides of the same coin / 21 July 2015

Logging on to Dao’s FB group can be a reminder that we are living in a regressive period where Disability Politics is concerned. It can often feel as though the Social Model understanding of our lives as disabled people has taken several steps backwards. The Dao FB group has grown to nearly 3,700 members, increasingly attracting ...

Chronic invisibility space

I have been thinking a lot about the standard wheelchair disability symbol lately and how there is still no equivalent for people like myself who have a invisible disability. There are lots of jokey tee shirt and badge slogans but nothing that has the universality and gravitas of the wheelchair symbol. I have taken to standing ...

Shaping A Diverse Future / 16 July 2015

Hey everyone, howdedo? I'm pooped from another Immersed in 360 exhibition (running at Plymouth Uni until Friday) but cheered to have found a new political pin-up in the barnstorming form of Mhairi "halt the rollout of PIP in Scotland" Black who's maiden speech this week made me want to stand on my chair and cheer. Love her. Bleak ...

Sonic Vistas: Kris Halpin talks about his MiMu gloves – new technology developed by Ivor Novello award winning artist Imogen Heap / 13 July 2015

We have now done our third session as Sonic Vistas and the development of our set is well on its way for the Liberty Festival London 2015. In this blog I am introducing you to Kris Halpin: “So today I embarked on an intriguing new adventure. I’ve joined Ivan Riches’ Sonic Vistas project, a collaborative collective of ...

Hysterical / 10 July 2015

Yesterday I attended a creative meeting looking at creating art around the theme of hysteria, and the invitees were asked to talk a few minutes about their take on hysteria. This was my talk: I look at hysteria two ways. Firstly, I see hysteria as performance, applauded by psychiatry and society. Make your madness entertaining for sanity, ...

Trolley Folly / 10 July 2015

Another 'bus home' scenario that make me smile, make me frown, make me want to write it down! Trolley Folly They could be friends Walk at same pace Instead the argue across the aisle ‘I had a hip replacement – nothing wrong with you’ He upright the three wheeled disabled walker updated zimmer man (not Robert but I wrote this poem for you!) A ...

Ladybird Book of the Menopause Part Three / 8 July 2015

The final part of my ladybird book of the menopause series

7/7 on a psychiatric ward / 7 July 2015

I remember 7/7 very well. I was an inpatient on a psych ward at St Thomas Hospital, and out of nowhere there were convoys of ambulances streaming in the A&E dept of the hospital. There were no more red double decker buses going over the bridge. My mum texted me that there were a series of ...

The City of London laughs in the face of the plight of disabled people with the erection of a new/ old Damien Hirst monument / 7 July 2015

A statue by artist Damien Hirst which according to the Evening Standard “aims to challenge our prejudices around disability” was recently installed next to St. Helen’s Church and opposite the Gherkin in London’s Square Mile. The seven-metre high sculpture, called Charity (2003), is a replica of a 1960s Spastic's Society charity collection box depicting a disabled ...