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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.

 

Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, Digs DAM History

In his latest blog, Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, explores just what made the Disability Arts Movement (DAM) history so accessible – those who went before him. “The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it” (Samuel Johnson) “Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the world, and not in a ...

storm is risin. 2016. 9’51”

sound-art these end times -updated sonic response to some monologues from redvoice first created and performed at birminghams beyond the boundaries festival back in 2004. that live performance accompanied by free-improv musicians keith jafrate and dave kane. redvoice was subsequently published in edgecities, skrev press, 2006. on discharge from particularly brutal sectioning couldnt write but ...

Creative Minds: Nye Russel-Thompson’s Just a Few Words

In the latest Creative Minds blog, Katy Cracknell reviews Just a Few Words which was at the Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre in September. The performance was performed, directed and written by solo artist Nye Russel-Thompson. The performance started with a record playing that was scratched, which created a nice metaphor for someone with a stammer. The solo ...

Signs: Defined

Challenging The label I got from you Concerning my behaviour Is frustration with being here And Anger at seeing you I’m not unstable There is no danger Neither am I wild Stupid Or a sheep The label I’m given Like the name I’m given At the time And in the place Its given Is ether To me now A gas To waft Away Whilst I walk away Away from you Your labels And your names But when I stop Stop ...

Signs: Interference

Love it Love cake Love cake so much Sitting here on a sunny day Coffee and cake Flapjacks Apple and sultana The dominant Bakewell Sugar and seasoning Resting, eating Eating cake Nothing but cake Cake so fancy Cake so dreamy Cake so moist And cake so creamy I love cake Custard Cream Icing Fondant Eclair And the sun The sun keeps on shining On the currant bun I sit I rest Eating cake Viennese twirl Rum Baba Chocolate muffin Its all a whirl Reverie Reveille Here come ...

Subversive Colouring Books R Us

I am sure I am not the only one who finds de-stressing colouring books actually stressful to colour in. What I hate worse is that some mental health clinicians are telling people to do colouring books if they are feeling suicidal, or stressed about having their benefits cut, or having flashbacks about being raped. It's ...

Bedlam, chaos and the fight to make Psychiatry truthful…

Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond at Wellcome Collection in London contains an assortment of historical documentation, artwork, ideas and presentations/ interventions. In giving a flavor of the history of mental hospitals, the attitudes and the treatment of people both within the asylums of old and within contemporary mental health service provision, the curation attempts the ...

Conducting at Royal Academy of Music – The Evaluation

My last post was about my preparation for the project week and now I'm reporting back on what happened. I'm pleased to say that the project at Royal Academy of Music in May went extremely well.  I've taken the liberty of providing you with an audio recording of the pieces I wrote for this project just ...

Signs: Broken

Waiting in line at the Woolwich Ferry. I saw this scene. A broken sign. Rubble. Ruin. I photographed it several times from my car window, on zoom, having to get the right composition. I don't think its the first time i've used a non disability sign to tell a story. I was born with an ...

Portraits Untold from middleofnowhere Ireland

In recent months I have been participanting in the Portraits Untold live-streamed life drawing events organised by artist Tanya Raabe-Webber. My disability has left me with very little energy for art activities in real time so I am always on the look out for live-streamed art events I can tune into from my home in middleofnowhere ...