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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.

 

Fledgling Fiction: adjusting my fictional satnav with Allan Sutherland

Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again - a sentence that had me clinging haphazardly to my mother's childhood. The mental maps I construct and reconstruct of my lived experiences flickered into action, like a satnav just poised to be programmed. 'Rebecca' was part of my mother's teenage. I wasn't there, but mapped my ...

We are living stories: in remembrance of Sophie Partridge

From waking to sleeping our lives exist in stories. Graphic designers weave magical lines through our shower gel and breakfast cereal; fact and fantasy clothe us and form our impressions of health and happiness; media selections colour our days louder, bolder and brasher. City planners lay down the scenery, politicians create the score; stories, other ...

Signs: In case you don’t know

The photograph was taken at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate where I met with friends. The story of the case was presented to me by someone who inspired me 20 years ago – Paul Fagan. I remember few things. I remember Paul and others from that time with gratitude. In case you don’t know There is ...

A Very Queer Nazi Faust – a brand new play by Vince Laws at Norwich Pride 2017

The play aims to highlight the plight of disabled humans under the current Tory government and the previous Tory /Lib Dem coalition. It features the DEAD PEOPLE DON’T CLAIM banner, and a host of local legends, telling ‘The Tragic True Life & Deserved Death of a Benefit Scrounger by Himself, John Faust’. “I love it, John,” ...

Signs: Of a Silent Voice

Only last wednesday I was saying I can’t remember something important, a feeling about a pain. In searching for the answer I meet with other people who were there at a certain time. This is a lie Though I wouldn't call it that A memory now forgotten Wondering did it happen I need to know More about a strange location Joan said ...

Making in Miniature

I have a love of tiny things; I find them intrinsically beautiful. Especially miniature scale versions of something initially designed to be much bigger. I am in the process of making many small boxes filled with handmade and bound books, sketchbooks and other little oddities. At University I specialised in designing and making silversmithing and jewellery pieces. It's not a ...

OCD – part of the Hidden Project series on Invisible impairment

This post was written by a friend of Root Experience. It sets out her journey with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how she lives with her compulsions. Published originally on the Root Experience blog as part of our Hidden Project. The Hidden Project culminates in an interactive exhibition, The Hubbub, which creatively explores the life experience of living with ...

Hanging in the Balance’ a prophetic piece of family theatre…

I had no idea what to expect from ‘Hanging In the Balance’ a new show from Spectra being premiered at the mac in Birmingham on 19-20 May. Billed as an ‘All Age Outdoor Adventure’ in Cannon Hill Park, where the arts centre is located, I was intrigued and excited by the prospect of being both ...

Norwich Pride awaits the next installment of A Very Queer Nazi Faust

My live happening, A Very Queer Nazi Faust, is being performed at Norwich Pride 2017 as follows... "The best theatre production you'll see all year! Telling the sad story that faces so many of our most vulnerable citizens with fantastic wit and compelling drama." Lewis Martin Monday 24 July 2017: Act 1 at 8pm at the Launch ...

Signs: Dogs

The photo for this one shows an adapted toilet on a National Trust property at Dunwich Heath. Adapted toilets are not necessarily accessible. Typically the best of a bad job. This toilet is next to a store room. In between there is a tap and a dog bowl. We are clearly linked. Hence another day ...