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.
March 5, 2019 - by Richard Downes
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
March 4, 2019 - by Colin Hambrook
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
March 4, 2019 - by Ivan Riches
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
February 27, 2019 - by Alan Hopwood
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
February 27, 2019 - by Fae Kilburn
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.
February 25, 2019 - by Bryony Parsons
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,
February 22, 2019 - by Sandra Alland
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
February 20, 2019 - by Richard Downes
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
February 19, 2019 - by Kay Channon
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
February 18, 2019 - by Deborah Caulfield
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