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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.

 

100 Meters – Blank Verse

100 Meters – Blank Verse It’s early morning. My brain is drained by sleep. There is nothing to say. Nothing I would choose to say. So, I start with a blank page. My nascent career as a performance, soon to be published, poet has begun. Deep in the recess thoughts begin to percolate. I am thinking ...

The heights and depths of Rockbottom

I saw an excerpt from Stuart Waters' touring show Rockbottom last Friday in the Marlborough's black box theatre in Brighton. Stuarts commitment to this rollercoaster of a piece of work is extraordinary, as entertaining as it is disturbing. This theatre-dance performance, tells the story of Stuart's own tussle with death resulting from a wide range ...

‘Surroundings’ Blog No 2

My ACE (Arts Council England) supported R&D (research and development) project ‘Surroundings’ is uncovering some fascinating, evocative and highly emotional stories, experiences and opinions from my volunteer interviewees. The difference between my original vision for how the interviews might pan out and what is actually happening, is as unexpected as it is inspiring. Volunteers' understanding of ...

The more you try to erase me the more I will appear

  My apologies for the long period between blogs, (for anyone out there taking notice!) but I have had a long period of being incapacitated. Spending days and even weeks in isolation and darkness, in pain and not sleeping can be very challenging for your mental health. One way that I deal with this, besides the loving ...

Introducing my practice…

I've had a passion for printmaking since I was a teenager, when I was introduced to the haunting but beautiful work of artists like Kathe Kollwitz and Otto Dix. Like many printmakers it's the tactile nature of printmaking that I love and I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate texture into my practice. As part ...

It was hard to say goodbye

Trigger warnings: Death. Not my best poem, but these furry best friends do know how to leave a hole in our hearts. Rest in Peace, Morgan! You were my furry best friend, We had a strong bond, you and I, We were like two peas in a pod, So it was very hard to say goodbye. You had your funny ways, and ...

Ten Years of Disabled- and Skint-Led Queer & Trans Art in Scotland: An alternative LGBTQI+ History

Ten years ago today, on 22nd February, 2009, I was part of the first ever Cachín Cachán Cachunga! As long-time curator of CCC's cabarets, art exhibitions and community events, I want to share a brief-ish history of the many milestones this anniversary celebrates. I'll also explain why we're closing our (non-existent) doors – for a ...

Introductions: A Perfect Shell

Here's something I've been thinking through: making introductions to performed poems with performed poems. This has come about due to being more involved with performance and MC-ing with  my current curator role at REaD Rhymes Live. I'm not sure i'll be taking it any further forward but here's a fairly reasonable start. Introductions; A Perfect Shell I ...

Hopes Health and Healing ~ An Update

On the 21st December 2018 I was rushed into my local hospital seriously ill with a very high temperature. I found I couldn't eat, drink or swallow anything, was in a lot of pain, struggling to breathe and vomiting blood. It all happened so fast. Even in the morning despite not feeling that well or ...

On becoming and unbecoming an artist, and never quite letting go

But you’re no good at art, said my mother when, age 15, I told her I wanted to go to art school. She was right. That’s why I wanted to go to art school. To learn. Become an artist. Only my art teacher had faith. You can draw, he said. He was also my maths teacher and ...