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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.

 

Assessment Assassin

What more is there to say? It's all in my poem. It was one of those poems that invades your brain like a diatribe when walking furiously trying not to be late - in my case it was for an art class in a charity run centre for outsiders. Frantically trying to get some therapy and ...

Signs: Quiet

I found this sign one time I was out with friends at the Barbican. As a stammerer I was attracted to the word 'speechless'. I hoped my camera would let me close in on that single word. It wouldn't. I had to accept the rest of the text too. I've let the text form the ...

Candoco Review by Matthew Hellett

CANDOCO was a dance piece with two halves. The first was a dance piece, the second more comical. In the first piece, I particularly liked when Tanja did her solo against the backdrop with others holding her hands. When she touched the backdrop, the areas lit up as she connected with the other dancers, it gave ...

Saul’s Box

I'm not one or talk about the paranormal, the psychic. I've had experiences. Who hasn't. But there is that weird thing about connections. You think of a friend and they phone. Yesterday I walked past a box. I walk past it often. I looked at it and i thought: Saul’s Box Here stands Saul’s box Green Full of files Recorded Checks ...

My First Animation – Meds Don’t Cure Abuse

Although I have been a filmmaker for a long time, I have never done any animation. Animation is a process that makes the illusion of either movement or change through a rapid display of sequenced images. I was back at my old uni at the weekend, where I am trying with an old tutor to set ...

A Very Queer Nazi Faust gathers momentum…

Reminder… Working as an independent poet, artist and campaigner, I'm going to make the following happen in 2017. A Very Queer Nazi Faust is an experimental participatory theatre project. It's to celebrate 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, and to highlight the plight of disabled people under the current government. You ...

What’s Inside Box #117?

The contents of Box #117 is the result of many months work as part of the Insight Project: a collaborate project developed by Outside In at Pallant House Gallery and University of Chichester. I was paired with recent MA Fine Art graduate Deborah Petch and supported by another graduate Rachel Redfern, who acted as facilitator for ...

Dinner! Dinner! Dinner!

The mobile unit is for breast screening. So as shabby as it is, I’m not welcome there. I walk away from my partner, leaving her there. Then I see this familiar looking hero standing in a strange place above a bike shed. He appeared to be holding a halo, a club programme and had beads ...

A Very Queer Nazi Faust is happening!

Working as an independent poet, artist and campaigner, I'm going to make the following happen in 2017 in Norwich. A Very Queer Nazi Faust is an experimental participatory theatre project. It's to celebrate 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, and to highlight the plight of disabled people under the current government. You ...

Whose Values Do We Value? We Value Our Own

I've been sitting on this for a while. Dame Louise Casey said; "But we also need more of a spirit of unity, compassion and kindness that brings people together under our common British values of tolerance, democracy, equality and respect." Eleanor Lisney discussed it on Facebook. I contributed some of the thoughts below and left them ...