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.
February 27, 2018 - by Richard Downes
In which I consider the power of three and the rule of three. Unity, bonds, and karma before settling for an atheists fairy tale. Incidentally, its bad news for the acorns this year.
Acorn: 3 Wishes
When very young
Innumerate, illiterate and stammering most excellently
The good mother came by, lampless
And just for the fun of it
Awarded me three
February 26, 2018 - by Nick Lewis
There were some very positive moments at London Disability News. A man with MS, John Jevvons, called me and asked me to report on the way he was being treated by his local authority in South London. He got around his flat in Walworth using a walker that looked very like a supermarket trolley.
February 23, 2018 - by Dolly Sen
When I go to the psychiatrist or doctor, they don't know what to do with me as I have had all they can offer. People think I am functional because of my creative output, but few know the slippery wall I ascend on a daily basis. That I think of ending it on a daily
February 22, 2018 - by Rob Punton
As I said in a previous blog I write and perform for LMHR (Love Music Hate Racism) and was fortunate to meet and subsequently get to know Basil Gabiddon from Steel Pulse - a stalwart of the Raggae scene. He is a Brummie Legend who was at the forefront of Stand up to Racism in
February 22, 2018 - by Richard Downes
A negative sign, not because of what it says but where it is, within the otherwise wonderful Photographer's Gallery, painted close to the ceiling...... just where many of us won't see it. So rather than dwell on the down side i look for the positive. I use songs, I use sayings.
Signs: Of Up and Down
February 21, 2018 - by Kelly Glover
Waves of pain
Rain an assault
A colon's Indian sunburn
It is invisible
Constant and unyielding
The beautiful illusion on the outside
Holds the ugly masterpiece within
It forces food into an enemy
What sustains induces more pain
Does not nourish
Not eating is no option
Is no cure
Is no solution
The body feeds on itself
Gnawing on disease
The crown of Crohn's Disease
A mind that
February 20, 2018 - by Alan Hopwood
It’s been quite some time since my last blog, 2017 proved to be a very difficult year with my condition and other factors hitting hard. I was only able to complete one painting but I did manage to exhibit it at the Leicester New Walk Museum and Art Gallery for the LSA show, I even
February 19, 2018 - by Dolly Sen
We all cry, but where can we cry without shame? In a locked room, stepping away from the world. But even the shame is within our lonely skins.
At a recent workshop I did, a young woman with mental health problems said whenever she cried she was made to feel shame, and didn't know where she
February 18, 2018 - by Richard Downes
Here's another one from that conservation battle that is gaining momentum in the local streets. All for a tree, all for a square, all for a town hall. The way these things represent our lives.
I'm particularly happy to represent this one here. There's the line 'proud angry and strong'. Every time, I hear that I
February 14, 2018 - by Richard Downes
Feeling somewhat low today, reflecting on love and the myth of Valentine's Day
Valentine is in his self built cell today
Tortured by his own hard surface
Covered by a coarse, hair shirt
A poor man’s blanket, useless
In the cold, the sun hangs low
Confounding his usually lucid vision
Of love, which he suddenly doubts
To the point, of losing his