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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.

 

Permission to Perform

In May 2016, I was invited to take part in ‘Permission to Perform’ workshop and performance gig for disabled people at the Newhampton Arts Centre. The workshop was organised by Alan McLean of One Voice of Wolverhampton and funded by Arts Council England. The event was led by Robin Surgeoner, song writer and performer. There were people ...

A Single Human Eye: reflections from childhood

I am currently studying for a PhD in the School of Social Work at a Northwest University. I am researching disability autobiography and activism, exploring the ways in which the self-representations of my chosen authors make the case for activism. There are two main aspects to my research, a critical analysis of existing autobiographical texts including ...

Dance, We Will Dance, Orlando

Orlando  The music stopped The dancing stopped The laughter stopped Too many beautiful hearts stopped Hate came Pain came Silence came We cry for our brothers & sisters We already know some of them fought to be who they were fought to love fought to hold hands without fear Hate hurts us more than you will know. It wants our love to be silent Now we cannot be silent we have to ...

Welcome to the new Disability Arts Online!

Welcome to the new look Disability Arts Online! We’ve always been proud of the quality content on the pages of this web journal and now, finally, we have a website that reflects that aesthetically and is hopefully much easier to use. We hope you, our readers, will enjoy the magazine section, which contains all the news, ...

Artists Union of England

I have recently been elected to the Executive of the Artists Union of England. There has never been a time more relevant for unions or when thay have been needed as much as today in the face of pernicious austerity and dogmatic cuts that benefit the rich and leave the poor to get poorer. As Disabled ...

Disability Associate at Salisbury International Arts Festival

I have been appointed the Disability Associate for Salisbury International Arts Festival. I am looking at the organisations activity within a Disability context. For exampe one of my first 'actions' was to ask all the staff what came to mind when they heard the word 'Disability' and when had they felt 'Excluded'. Next up provoked them ...

Signs: Dystopia

Roll up Roll Up Change your disabled babies here Fucked it up the first time. Have another go. But can I say Can I ask What happens to the old one? Recalibrate We have the means We have the method You mean Intervention Experimentation? Call it as you will The less names We say the better But surely not Abortion Termination Death Camps Dignitas? No. Not those Not no longer We can fix them Put them right Make them ...

Toilets, Utopian Imaginings and finding the Potty of Gold

The design of toilets have been based on a historical model of the ‘ideal’ (hu)man, and continues to ignore the diversity of their users. Travelling Toilet Tales... You may have recently read about Italian creator, Maurizio Cattelan’s 18-carat solid gold toilet installation at the Guggenheim Museum, but he’s not the only artist using a toilet as an inspiration ...

Signs: Juxtaposition

We the people of Gritsalt Are free to stand On little yellow boxes And exclaim About the shame For we have grit And we have salt And we will cut And we will sear With little fear For we are the people of Gritsalt

Sarah Watson reviews Gillian Wearing’s ‘A Room with Your Views’

The HOUSE Festival Brighton 2016. Gillian Wearing - A Room With Your Views. A HOUSE/Brighton Festival co-commission. University of Brighton Galleries, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton 30 April - 29 May. I went see the house launch for Gillian on Friday 29th April. Venue: The exhibition is inside dark green house with little cute lights outside. l loved the ...