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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.

 

Wendy Young

I like to think of my poems as ‘misery with oomph’ taken from observations of life.  I use poetry as a way of expressing my personality. I perform at various poetry events in London and have had a few poems published here and there. I am working towards publishing a book… or maybe two.

Alan Hopwood

Alan Hopwood initially trained as an engineer, before gaining a BA Hons Degree and a Masters in fine art. Following 12 years as a lecturer in Fine Art, Alan has returned to his primary passion of painting. As a disabled person, Alan’s work is often both governed and informed by his condition. Working as his ...

Our Tales Unveiled: Worth writing and fighting for / 7 June 2015

Over the last three months I did three Our Tales Unveiled workshops at Salisbury Arts Centre. These began with an excellent performance earlier involving Penny Pepper and Liz Porter. Penny's a writer; Liz is a story teller and singer. In Liz's workshop I reluctantly 'performed' a story about Clara who crochets a lot. This was based on someone I ...

Frank Bangay

Known as the Bard of Hackney, Frank Bangay has been performing poetry and song for over 40 years on the London poetry scene. He writes about his two passions: music and gardening for various publications including The Big Untidy.

Penny Pepper

Penny Pepper has been a writer and activist within the disability arts movement for 20 years. She has written articles for DAO, Arts Disability Culture Magazine, Disability Now and Ouch! She has also written short stories for DAO and is the author of Desires (2003), a controversially unique collection of explicit fiction focusing on disabled ...

Defend disabled people’s right to independent living / 3 June 2015

The Government's plans to do away with the Independent Living Fund (ILF) on 30th June are going to have an immense impact on many individuals Dao works with either directly or indirectly. The ILF helps over 18,000 disabled people with high support needs to live independent lives in the community rather than in residential care. The ...

Battle is not yet over. This tide must be turned… / 2 June 2015

Plunder It was there in the skies. The storm was upon us. Grey, howling winds - doom. so broke the storm but no land was Ahoy. Not for us. The vote was cast and once again, We are set adrift; their admissions of plunder whistle in the wind, Hushed confessions of Others votes. Notes of discordant guilt are clear; knowing they X ...

Cosy, quirky, honest, daring… / 1 June 2015

How we live and how we die has never been more topical or relevant to our ageing society that likes to pretend we’re immortal and forever young. It’s universal, as well as our last taboo – a fascinating and compelling subject. This is why I’m delighted that I’ve been commissioned to write Cosy, a play that ...

Science and Art; Building a Dialogue of Trust

So at this juncture, when I am re-establishing my practice, I thought it pertinent to take a moment to reflect on my interest in genetics and some of the projects that have occurred over the last few years.  One thing in particular I wanted to re-visit was a proposed project called Resonant Frequency, in which DAO ...

Gory Tory / 8 May 2015

Mine eyes have the seen goriness Of the coming of the Tories Life now won't be so glorious It'll be just bloody tedious The government promotes shareholders and selfishness and greediness Thatcher's troops go marching on! C'mon everybody - chorus: Gory Tories will deceive us Gory Tories will deceive us Gory Tories will deceive us Thatcher's troops are marching on! Edit this blog...