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.
May 20, 2017 - by Rachel Gadsden
This first day was a day of studio-based work, establishing ground-rules and starting-point. I asked the group to introduce themselves individually, and tell each other something of their lives. The difficulties imposed upon each member of the group by their circumstances and impairments became apparent very quickly, the significant mobility, psychological and social restrictions; and
May 19, 2017 - by Rachel Gadsden
It had originally been intended that the group would undertake most of the work for It Was Paradise at the Red Crescent in Ramallah, using their highly accessible facilities and workrooms, spending only a very few nights at Star Mountain.
However, it became immediately apparent that Star Mountain is an eminently suitable location, with highly accessible
May 19, 2017 - by Yvonne J Foster
When the clutter in my head becomes so noisy that I can't function, I reach for a black pen and I draw. It begins to calm my brain, leaving me able to think a little clearer and continue engaging with life. I use repetition, in lines, crosshatching and scribbles. I call them Brain Landscapes. It's my way of
May 18, 2017 - by Root Experience
Hi, I’m Simon Magnus, the Artistic Director of Root Experience. We are a ground-breaking arts charity working to empower communities to make positive changes, using their own creativity and expression. The group’s latest endeavour, aims at breaking down stigmas and creating a culture of inclusion for people living with invisible impairments in Brighton and Sussex.
May 16, 2017 - by Richard Downes
Last time around 'Signs: Mind Steps aka Photo Poem to an Unresolved Election' offered pictorial evidence of a mood within a time within a space. One of my favoured lines; 'if a picture paints a thousand words' urges caution. You do not see what I see. You do not feel the way I feel. You
May 14, 2017 - by Richard Downes
Patronage has had a field day of late with the Heads Together Campaign. Those three royal youngsters have been superb. You know credit where its due and all. I’m really looking forward to meeting them and their breed as they get stuck in on a day to day basis, raving about this and that. I
May 11, 2017 - by Penny Pepper
I hate apricots – who knew that?
I think that’s enough, though I might sneak another one in later. I’ve read far too much about how to do social media lately…
Life has been a swing between work and health. Sometimes it’s more a stagger. Sometimes a bounce.
Lots of news and I scarcely know where to begin.
May 10, 2017 - by Richard Downes
Hornsey Town Hall Square, scene of public defeats, on an overcast day. In a low mood not alleviated by Dunns Bakery cakes feeling surrounded by depressing signs alluding to depressing times.
Some days there are signs everywhere. Portents of doom. Everything is rubbish. Next poem will use words.
May 8, 2017 - by Dolly Sen
A few years back, I wrote a poetry blog on DAO that asks awkward questions to a CCTV camera, that interrogates everything about the CCTV, its users, and the ideology behind it.
Here it is now in film form.
Enjoy! I promise I won't be watching you.
May 4, 2017 - by Richard Downes
Sitting among 20 odd old white folk
Concessioned on a Monday
To watch I Am Not Your Negro
Suggests their civil rights struggle
Became our entertainment
Their martyrs our heroes
As the celluloid image
Recites the lines we know
The songs we sing
The police dance of brutality
Moves choreographed with truncheons
And I feel a disconnect
As I think of Cameron
And motherfucking May
About to kick at