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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.

 

Discovering Contemporary Folk Art in Finland and an organisation supporting disability awareness for cultural venues across Finland

ITE in Finland translates literally as self-made life. We met with Raija Kallioinen and Minna Havera from the ITE organisation that stated amongst other things they specialised in contemporary Folk Art within Finland - with several examples of it dotted across the offices. Starting life 20 years ago, they have grown the number of artists ...

Juice: On the Fiddle Again

Unison, unity, union. A single voice is a start but never enough. This is the lesson from the Grapefruit instruction, Let’s Piece 1. An opportunity for readers to post their favourite chants. Juice: On the Fiddle Again He scrapes the bow on the fiddle Scraping his bow on the fiddle again He looks for an eye to catch his ...

Being labelled

My experience of mental illness is a long time ago now. It’s ten years since I was discharged from the mental health system. But between 1997 and 2008, I was a ‘care-in-the-community client’, or ‘severe and enduringly ill patient’, a ‘service user’, and so on. I got a lot of labels… quite a few diagnoses. That’s ...

Academic research as art

For the latest Praxis-Forum blog, Adam Knight reflects on a busy summer of activity, introducing his work where the academic and the artistic intersect. The past four years I have been working towards a part time MPhil. One of the qualities expected of practice or project-based research is that the process of investigation is held up ...

PERSPECTIVES presented by Venture Arts

PERSPECTIVES Exhibitions | Happenings | Creative Exchanges | Greater Manchester | October 2018 – February 2019   80 learning disabled artists show new work across Greater Manchester This autumn 80 learning disabled artists will occupy contemporary and historical venues across Greater Manchester in PERSPECTIVES, a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges proudly presented by Venture Arts, a visual arts ...

Sensing Helen: Sophia’s Story and Workshops

Sensing Helen is now complete. We have conducted and delivered our research, compiled an Education Resource Pack for Young People and shared our film at three locations across Dorset. The film was well-received by audiences and I will document its process in my next post when I will also reflect upon Sensing Helen as a ...

In All Good Faith

In the latest Praxis-Forum blog, Dionysia Mylonaki talks about their artistic practice.  My practice explores “legitimate” narratives as social, political and economic mechanisms, such as empathy, labour, property and solidarity. I’m interested in trans-disciplinary and open approaches as a way of researching notions of the public and as a tool to critically confront dominant moral codes. My work ...

Initial; Proof of Something

This one goes out to Anju Armstrong for the gift of a book – ‘A First Time For Everything’ A simple idea. A complex structure. A session in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. The questioning. The answering. The starting point. The arrival. The positioning. A line from the Bonzo's to the Bonzo me. An aptitude for self mockery. ...

Art in the machine stays in the machine, until I say.

This image marks an artistic breakthrough for me, a watershed moment. Not definitive, as in, I’ve arrived. I haven’t arrived. But I have taken a step forward. What I mean to say is, it feels good. I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard it all before, right? Wrong. When did I ever (ever) say that? Even if ...

642: Take A Second

Stationary and chocolates. Cakes. Kind words from people paying testimony to me. This is what I have and what I remember best from my leaving party – the day I took redundancy. Amongst the papers, a book, 654 things to write about. The first thing; “What can you do in a second?”, which takes me ...