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.
June 26, 2015 - by Deborah Caulfield
I've taken part in two writing/performing workshops run by Link Up Arts at Salisbury Arts Centre, as mentioned in my last-but-one blog.
As a result and by way of follow up, I was invited to take part in Salisbury Arts Centre's Homegrown Performance showcase event this coming Wednesday 1st July. We had our first rehearsal this week;
June 25, 2015 - by Colin Hambrook
It was great to see the news of the protests against the disbandment of the Independent Living Fund… I've always had a huge amount of respect and admiration for John Kelly and it was great to see him on the news singing 'Which Side Are You On My Boys'. Much warmth, respect and solidarity goes to
June 19, 2015 - by Dolly Sen
Bedtime reading for the cynical and underslept.
June 18, 2015 - by Richard Butchins
I watched a "kerpow" of Superhero movies the other night, mainly because I just didn’t fancy another evening of Francis Bacon and Foucault. That’s the way I roll, sublime to ridiculous in less than 24 hours. I noticed a few things about the superhero movies. It’s something that has long bugged me and now I’m
June 15, 2015 - by Wendy Young
Just to record my feelings and memories of Christopher Lee and Ron Moody who lived to great ages and both died last week. I think they reached everyone with their charisma and performances! One sucked blood which could represent the present government and the austerity measures and the other resorted to picking pockets!!!
Christopher Lee’s Dead!
If I had
June 15, 2015 - by Ivan Riches
I had two creative passions in my late teenage years, songwriting and visual arts. It was the time of post punk, new wave and two tone, so naturally I opted for forming a band. Writing the songs and arrangements was an exciting process, but live performances were stressful.
I found myself getting lost in my own
June 14, 2015 - by Dolly Sen
Being menopausal is not a disability, except for the person who crosses a menopausal woman. When I was told I was heading for it, it was a surprise as I thought I had balls, until someone pointed out it was my saggy boobies slapping my thighs.
Some women who reach this stage in their life take
June 12, 2015 - by Wendy Young
Back to School
The bullies never stop
But this time
I won't let it drop
I must fight
'You're the problem!'
Spread by those who seem servile
When it’s your face that doesn't belong
Purging my wrath at Survivors
Looking good and acting strong
Performed primal screams, satisfying
But vulnerability's not gone
I shone for a while but tears never stop
'Because I've been wrongly accused’
I guess it’s the
June 11, 2015 - by Alan Hopwood
As I recover from another spell of immobility and days of migraines, I am reminded of the therapeutic nature of creativity. Even in its memory it helps to maintain some sense of worth and fulfilment, keeping the wolves of depression at bay.
I have chosen to show a painting from a current project, one that enables
June 10, 2015 - by Jane McCormick
I have been sidetracked from my blog this last few months as a result of getting involved in the Vote Yes For Equality campaign in the Referendum on Same Sex Marriage in Ireland.
I made some work around the issue which I posted online.... it's the best I could do as a militant armchair activist. Being