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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.

 

It never had to be perfect / 8 March 2016

I listened to the tree breathing. I listened in the silence of high white cloud lazing over turquoise gleam; the firmament listened as tree-breath settled awesome round my warm and languid body. I listened to the tree drinking, drawing the fallen sky into its gnarled limbs as my own knotted and twisted with time. I listened to the tree singing as my own song filled and ...

Blending the personal and the political / 8 March 2016

As no doubt many of you will know, it’s hard work being a freelance artist, especially if you’re what I lovingly call a 'Bendy Person' – someone like me with a very obvious physical impairment and what are deemed high access needs – and recently, this has taken a toll on my “well-being”... Government Cuts, however ...

The Physicality of Conducting

Whilst at the Royal Academy of Music, I have learnt many things. Whilst watching a conducting student practicing and being taught by Sian Edwards (RA Head of Conducting), you’ll often see the other conducting students moving their hands and or batons in the air internalising the instruction and music. At first, I was hesitant to ...

Some Lesser Known Kevin Coyne Classics / 4 March 2016

Musician and singer Kevin Coyne (27 January 1944 - 2 December 2004) was never as well known as he should have been. Alongside albums like Marjory Razorblade, Matching Head and Feet, and Millionaires and Teddybears there are a number of lesser known classics waiting to be heard. There is not enough space here to mention ...

Sanity Product Recall

I insist sanity be recalled, but I am not sure where it should be returned to?          

Going all the way to Galway Bay

In January I attended the Creative Connections Arts and Disability Conference in Galway. The event, organised by Art and Disability Ireland, involved presentations panel discussions, performances and top class international speakers. Travelling to the venue and surviving a two day conference with my chronic pain/ fatigue/ anxiety combo was a big concern but when I heard ...

White Horse 2016

As I mentioned in my last Blog, I have been struggling with my new project, and with my health. The combination of which were causing me some anxiety. So I have taken a slight step back, not putting so much pressure on myself, and remembering to allow the therapeutic nature of my creative practice to ...

Back in the day: now and then

I had shingles over christmas and new year. Although it was a relatively mild attack, added to the usual impairment shit, its effect on my energy levels and states of mind has not been altogether positive. I keep thinking any day I'll be better and back to where I was.  But then, where I was wasn't exactly a ...

Creative Minds: Sarah Watson reviews Mind the Gap’s Contained

Contained 'True Stories from the Heart' took place at the New Wolsely Theatre, Ipswich on 9 March. Review by Sarah Watson. “CONTAINED is a vibrant, compelling and personal new show from England’s largest professional learning-disabled theatre company; nine interwoven stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary”. Mostly the show was really ...

Art, music and new accessible technologies / 22 February 2016

Things are really happening with new arts technologies, particularly in (assistive Music Technology) AMT. Yes I am back with Drake Music Connect & Collaborate, trying to drum up, or tap out interest for London based artists/ musicians in getting together for monthly meetings, the first being in the Sackler Space at the Roundhouse, 12 – ...