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 10, 2016 - by Gini
Move on back, move on back and
the windscreen wipers go swish
swish swish, move on back, move
on back and the wheels on the
bus go round and round, move
on back, move back on. Round and
round, move on back and the words
in my head go round and round,
move back on, jumbled up.
jumbled up, back on move.
Move back on,
March 9, 2016 - by Dolly Sen
I don't know what to do next artistically or with regards to mental health work, so I have been reflective. Whatever I have done with my life, it hasn't been mediocre.
After a few drinks, I decided to sing about it.
Here are the lyrics, if you want to go all karaoke.
And now, my rear is
March 9, 2016 - by Gini
Complicit in the great epodic downfall
of poet writing only for poet? Yet who
else should I write for? If not for me?
I write my way through the confusion
that is the why of my existence,
and I am
the man in the street, the whatever;
the couch potato. The manic and
bedraggled loneliness feeding
stray cats; I am the poet, vicarious
starman climbing my
March 8, 2016 - by Deborah Caulfield
The idea for this picture came from a recent post on Facebook by Tom Cox.
It was a sketch of a cat with the caption: 'One day things will get better. Until then here is a drawing of a cat.'
This seemed to sum up how I feel about my art practice: The complete failure to articulate or address, let alone
March 8, 2016 - by Gini
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
March 8, 2016 - by Sophie Partridge
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
March 7, 2016 - by James Rose
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
March 4, 2016 - by Frank Bangay
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
March 3, 2016 - by Dolly Sen
I insist sanity be recalled, but I am not sure where it should be returned to?
March 3, 2016 - by Jane McCormick
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