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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.

 

The Creative Minds conference key question: what makes for ‘quality’ in theatre? / 29 October 2015

Coming back from the Creative Minds conference in Ipswich I was mulling over the day's discussion about 'quality' and remembered how six years ago I had the privilege of sitting in on a theatre-devising workshop with Australian theatre company Back to Back. It was very different from anything I’d experienced with learning-disability arts organisations in ...

Creativity and Mental Liberation Manifesto / 24 October 2015

Morley College has revived their 100 year old tradition of putting on their penny lectures, where people pay a penny to listen to a talk. Bobby Baker and I talked on the theme of Creativity and Mental Liberation. I decided to present my manifesto on Creativity and Mental Liberation, which has been harvested from previous ...

It’s Easy For You To Say: Rowan James and the emergence of ‘impairment-laden’ work by disabled artists / 19 October 2015

I recently caught an ITV news item celebrating the “ordinary heroes of Britain.” An eight-year-old disabled child was put on the spot for being ‘inspirational’ for completing a triathlon. It was notable because the lad was much too sharp to be fooled by media patronising bollocks: “I don’t even know why I’ve won an award. ...

Is the only time Cripplies get a look into `mainstream’ arts when we’re ‘spilling the beans’ about impairment?

I seem to have seen more shows in recent months than I’ve done in quite a while! The most recent, which I’ve genuinely loved, being Jess Thom’s Backstage in Biscuitland and Caroline Bowditch’s Falling in love with Frida.   In both I’ve had moments of being caught up sharp, as if by red flashing lights when ...

Artist is as artist does. / 15 October 2015

I'm too old (or too/not enough something else) to get a job, so I'm trying to focus on the art side of things. It might come to nothing, or it might come to something. The main thing is I'm doing it. Wake up! City Arts is an interesting project that's recently started. It's local, near to where I ...

‘Lost in Spaces’: with mash, memoir and Pepwatch! / 13 October 2015

I'm bad and weary and old and overworked. I'm sad my DAO blog cries out for fulfillment but hey, a crip has to choose her battles. But I'm back, and with the help of my all round fabulous manager, director and organiser Beth Pitts, I hope to be laying down more Pep news over the ...

SickBitchCrips interviews artist Katherine Araniello

SBC: Katherine, why are you choosing to make such dull, disinteresting work that we can’t stand listening to and watching? Katherine: There are many layers to this work. Firstly, we live in a society in which competitiveness is instilled into us and to be noticeable, one is expected to sell themselves like a whore so that ...

Distraction, dissatisfaction and not enough art action. / 11 October 2015

I haven't posted to my blog for months and months. This picture helps to explain why. Taken today. Not that I haven't had ANY art action. It's just that I haven't written about it here. Because it's mainly rubbish, to be honest. Or maybe I'm lazy. No, that's not it. Or maybe I lack commitment. That's probably it. And I ...

Dandifest the Movie / 10 October 2014

The Norwich Dandies are delighted to release Dandifest the Movie, today, World Mental Health Day. Dandifest took place in Norwich from 28 April - 10 May 2014. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. Please share and enjoy! Please click on this link to read Ann Young's review of DandiFest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ6M1uNtuBU&feature=player_embedded Edit this blog...

Waiting Area 6

Since joining the ranks of the chronically ill I have spent way to much of my time waiting. Waiting for appointments, waiting for test results, waiting for treatments to take effect, or not, as the case might be. The main waiting I do is in the waiting rooms of the various hospitals and health centres my ...