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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.

 

Shop ethical this Christmas

Shop ethical this Christmas By now we're sure you're well into the swing of present buying bliss, but if you find yourself struggling for gift ideas, Creative Future have a whole range of fantastically affordable and awesomely ethical limited edition prints that make wonderful gifts for art lovers.  And as an added bonus, they're offering a 10% discount between ...

DaDaFest 2018 takes on themes of living and dying under the title of: Passing: What’s Your Legacy

DaDaFest in Liverpool has held a big place in my heart since the early 2000s. I know there are many disabled / Deaf artists and allies who feel a powerful emotional connection to the DaDaFest International Disability Arts Festival and look forward to when it comes around. The popularity is very much down to the achievements ...

Wheelchair Tango: UK-Turkey Collaboration

Mehmet Arik is a professional Basketball player and wheelchair dancer from Turkey. He has teamed up with Step Change Studios Dance Practitioner and Tango expert Anna Alvarez to share their passion for Tango with international audiences. The collaboration kicked off with a unique inclusive Tango workshop hosted by Step Change Studios in London in which ...

100 Meters – I Nearly Wrote A Poem

A guy called Stan Cryer is trying to raise funds to convert an old unused fire station into an arts centre. What else is going to happen to all the closed fire and police stations in London? I asked him if spoken word was on the agenda. He said it was. He asked me for ...

It was love at first sight.

. It was love at first sight, We call our dog Jeff, He isn't very bright, But he's still our family pet. He isn't very brave, and runs when the hoover is out, He likes to misbehave, When we go and walk about, His eyes are chocolate brown, His fur is a sandy blonde colour, He acts like a silly clown, And he gets away with it, ...

Berlin: Cold City, Warm Welcome

A few years ago, I would never have dreamt of performing my work in public let alone flying out to Berlin to lecture German students about what it’s like being a British-Asian disabled woman writer. Last year I received an email from Dr. Katrin Röder, a professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, requesting a copy of ...

Declaration 12; Its Not A Dire Warning

Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. This is from a lost conservation campaign. Life goes on. It doesn't really matter that ...

She tried her hand

You try your hardest to keep a peaceful lifestyle, but sometimes you try too hard. She tried her hand at most things, but drew the line at honesty, She tugs at the heart strings, and tries to keep her sanity. She fakes a smile, and pretends to be happy, To keep a peaceful lifestyle, despite feeling low and crappy. She hides from the truth, and ...

Juice: Between 5 and 8 O’clock

Grapefruit. Yoko Ono dredges up a memory of the woods. There was a time when 5 meant waking up to an alarm and 8 indicated time for arriving at work. Then there is another situation. This was mine. Where is yours. Juice; Between 5 and 8 O’clock A low tone Rumbles lonely Through the trees Of the wood Of rough sleeping An ...

Interrogating the Art World – a personal look at DAO’s panel conversation held at the Midlands Arts Centre

I think I have probably been to about a dozen exhibitions this year. On reflection I think that somewhere between 8-10 exhibitions a year is probably about my average. I'd get to more if I could... if I had the energy and the capacity for getting out to galleries. But in all the decades I've ...