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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.

 

Artist is as artist does. / 15 October 2015

I'm too old (or too/not enough something else) to get a job, so I'm trying to focus on the art side of things. It might come to nothing, or it might come to something. The main thing is I'm doing it. Wake up! City Arts is an interesting project that's recently started. It's local, near to where I ...

‘Lost in Spaces’: with mash, memoir and Pepwatch! / 13 October 2015

I'm bad and weary and old and overworked. I'm sad my DAO blog cries out for fulfillment but hey, a crip has to choose her battles. But I'm back, and with the help of my all round fabulous manager, director and organiser Beth Pitts, I hope to be laying down more Pep news over the ...

SickBitchCrips interviews artist Katherine Araniello

SBC: Katherine, why are you choosing to make such dull, disinteresting work that we can’t stand listening to and watching? Katherine: There are many layers to this work. Firstly, we live in a society in which competitiveness is instilled into us and to be noticeable, one is expected to sell themselves like a whore so that ...

Distraction, dissatisfaction and not enough art action. / 11 October 2015

I haven't posted to my blog for months and months. This picture helps to explain why. Taken today. Not that I haven't had ANY art action. It's just that I haven't written about it here. Because it's mainly rubbish, to be honest. Or maybe I'm lazy. No, that's not it. Or maybe I lack commitment. That's probably it. And I ...

Dandifest the Movie / 10 October 2014

The Norwich Dandies are delighted to release Dandifest the Movie, today, World Mental Health Day. Dandifest took place in Norwich from 28 April - 10 May 2014. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. Please share and enjoy! Please click on this link to read Ann Young's review of DandiFest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ6M1uNtuBU&feature=player_embedded Edit this blog...

Waiting Area 6

Since joining the ranks of the chronically ill I have spent way to much of my time waiting. Waiting for appointments, waiting for test results, waiting for treatments to take effect, or not, as the case might be. The main waiting I do is in the waiting rooms of the various hospitals and health centres my ...

A new direction / 7 October 2015

It’s been a busy and enjoyable summer, having time with family and exploring our beautiful country. All this activity has reduced my art output but I always have a camera with me and usually a sketchbook, pages from which are on my Facebook page. What this time does allow, is more thinking and planning. My ...

Mental Health Week’s theme is Dignity, I am still looking for it. / 2 October 2015

Next week is Mental Health Week and this year's theme is dignity. This is my take on it: Dignity cannot be taken 4 times a day Being labelled, pathologised and medicated, I cannot claim my mind for myself I cannot claim my life for myself So how can I even have dignity? Medicine does not heal But seals the scream Is that dignity? Dignity ...

Should we replace the ‘d’ word? Hell, no! / 1 October 2015

I’m fired up to write a blog about something that we grapple with all the time working in the disability arts sector. Yes, the ‘d’ word. I’ve just read a BBC Ouch blog entitled 'Is it time to stop using the word "disability"?' by Rebecca Atkinson, who headed up the Toy Like Me campaign to ...

Should we replace the ‘d’ word? Hell, no!

I’m fired up to write a blog about something that we grapple with all the time working in the disability arts sector. Yes, the ‘d’ word. I’ve just read a BBC Ouch blog entitled 'Is it time to stop using the word "disability"?' by Rebecca Atkinson, who headed up the Toy Like Me campaign to persuade toy manufacturers to ...