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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.

 

A Year at the BSO

I have now been at the BSO for a year, and during this time so much has happened. When I started last June, we didn’t have a composer, no performance dates, an ensemble name or any musicians! In twelve months, we have gone from plans and ideas to featuring in national and international media coverage, ...

‘Emergency Water Supply Craft’ for Flotilla

Flotilla: Made a great start last week. Russell Jakubowski worked with two of the DAISY (Disability Arts In Surrey) groups (Surrey Choices and the Orpheus Centre) creating Dream-craft for the Flotilla exhibition. Pictured here is the first stage of a model craft designed to take water to wherever it's needed. Some fantastic additions to our Flotilla. ...

Ice Cream Artworks

I didn't realise... I've been busy making artwork over the past six months, I haven't had the ability to write anything. Not even to promote the exhibition launch of Creative Future's new online shop in May, selling the limited edition prints that I've been working on: My 'Ice Cream Artworks'. In the series I explore idealism and perfection, combining ...

Declaration 8: An Effective Remedy

The 8th Declaration from an ongoing series in support of a local conservation campaign.   The 8th article from the Human Rights Act reads: Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law. Declaration 8 – An Effective ...

Declaration 7; Protection

Another from the lost conservation battle. The following article for all its usefulness is taken from the universal declaration of human rights Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and ...

Shadowlight Artists: Rising

The Shadowlight Artists, who all have learning disabilities, are over 50% through their new Arts Council of England funded project "Shadowlight Artists: Rising". The group are either part way through, or have completed their individual projects. They have also created a new group website shadowlightartists.org.uk The exhibition phase is confirmed for this autumn with a three ...

Degradation

Over the past few months, I have been trying to explore a new aesthetic, moving away from the therapeutic landscape images and working with concepts more directly related to my experiences of living with a disability and degenerative condition. The notion that although age and illness are causing degradation in my body, I can still find ...

James Henry Pullen: Inmate – Inventor – Genius

By Colin Hambrook Stepping into the Watts Gallery and Artists' Village in the village of Compton, near Guildford in Surrey is a step back in time where the democratic values of Victorian artists and crafts-people G F and Mary Watts hold sway today. At the core of the organisation's vision is the will to use inspiring and ...

Long Distance Running At My Desk

I am a disabled writer. There said it. It is, or was, a silent disability in that I can walk around and people assume I’m pretty much okay. I’m not and haven’t been for years. I have hip dysplasia and I was born with it. June is Hip Dysplasia Awareness Month so I’m blogging about ...

Acorn; 3 Spheres Of Verbiage

Following on from another of Yoko’s instructions written thus: ‘SOUND PIECE X: Fly out into space. Listen to the music earth is making. Fly out into space. (a) Listen to the music the planets are making. (b) Listen to the music the universes are making’, a poem begins I believe with a walk to the underground ...