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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.

 

The artists get to work completing sketches

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 ...

Taking up residence at Star Mountain

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 ...

Brain Landscapes

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 ...

Introducing The Hidden Project

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. Hidden ...

Signs: Mind Steps aka Words to an Unresolved Election

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 ...

Holy Wholly Holey

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 ...

Five things you don’t know about 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. ...

Signs: Mind Steps aka Photo Poem for an Unresolved Election

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.

My film ‘Dear CCTV Camera’ asks the CCTV to look at itself

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. https://youtu.be/DvgELs9cVsA Enjoy! I promise I won't be watching you.

Disconnect

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 ...