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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 Very Queer Nazi Faust Awarded Unlimited Funding!

A Very Queer Nazi Faust is an experimental participatory performance created by Norfolk-based poet, artist, and disability rights campaigner, Vince Laws. Funded on a shoestring, starring 13 local legends and the DEAD PEOPLE DON”T CLAIM banner, the piece was performed at Norwich LGBT+ Pride in 2017 to great acclaim. Now, with support from Unlimited, there will ...

Return to paradise: part 3

In the final instalment of a three-part blog diarising their latest trip to the West Bank as part of the Unlimited-funded It Was Paradise project, Rachel Gadsden and Tim Hayton report back on the last four days. Saturday 17th March and Sunday 18th March. Amani, our local disabled producer, has tremendous local contacts, and despite significant mobility ...

BSO Resound

I’m now over half way through my 18 month placement with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and while we have already done so much there is still more to do. Since my last blog post the BSO have launched their new disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound. I am delighted to welcome the six founding musicians of BSO ...

After the Party

I’m not one of those artists who goes from residency to residency, an eternal nomad. I am no longer as restless as I once was or have the energy to sustain that lifestyle.  On this point, from what I see, a lot of those artists who do, produce the same or similar stuff wherever they ...

Just wait!

I had followed my usual routine. Rosie, my personal assistant, hauled off the duvet and replaced it with a towel (this replacement was to "preserve your modesty ducky" despite my assurance that she had most likely seen it all before) and then shunted up my boxer shorts and trousers. Fully dressed, she expertly dropped me from ...

The Coat Hanger Man

There was this institution. Wasn't so bad as it happens. Though no one would choose to be there. There was an escape committee. Some of us imagined getting out more than we tried to get out. Me and the coat hanger man were two of those. Coat Hanger Man He wasn’t Gordon He wasn’t Tommy I confuse them with ...

Return to paradise: part 2

In the second of a three-part blog diarising their latest trip to the West Bank as part of the Unlimited-funded It Was Paradise project, Rachel Gadsden and Tim Hayton report back on the middle four days. Tuesday 13th March. Merna arrives first thing, we are grateful for her constant support as we finalise arrangements for our first ...

OutsiderXchanges

Barry Anthony Finan and Rosanne Robertson will present their work at European Outsider art Association Conference 2018 | Outside In at Pallant House Gallery We're really delighted to be presenting at the first European Outsider Art Association Conference in the UK, hosted by our friends Outside In at Pallant House Gallery in May. Outside In will host the European Outsider Art ...

Forward, the society bites Brigade!

I recently had a mental health crisis and now am medicated for a while, which pleases everyone around me but has left me lacking in creativity. Hopefully it won't be for long. So I have to hijack other people's work and tweak it to make it timely and resonant. This time I am doing it ...

Country Walks with Offa’s Press

Taking a stroll in the countryside may be the normal thing to do if you live near or in rural areas. For me, although I live near the Seven Corn Fields on the edge of Wolverhampton, it is still a struggle because of disability. Realistically to be able to enjoy the countryside you need to be ...