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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.

 

A picture paints three hundred words

I often take comfort in EH Gombrich's assertion that 'There is no such thing as art, only artists.' So, here's me being an artist, not doing art. And here's me writing about my latest autobiographical picture, made on the tablet, images grabbed from the internet, fiddled with and fixed, placed in layers, then more fiddle-and-fixing. Nowadays, when I draw on paper ...

What’s in a Name?

“The right words are worth a hundred regiments”, V.I. Lenin in Capitalist Ideology in Anti-Capitalist Politics “Ceci n’est pas une pipe?” Rene Magritte At NDACA, we have collected over one thousand images  and are aiming for two thousand by project end.   In my role as NDACA project archivist, I am now working on the catalogue build for the rest ...

Pull Yourself Together?

My accessible route to Salisbury Arts Centre involves a gauntlet-run through a series of bus-queues of tired, stressed out, heavily laden people who don't need the added agro of making space for a woman on wheels - especially when the area is full of scaffolding. Wheelchairs could just be the final straw and quite a ...

Signs: As It Happens

Blind Spot This sign is dappled Mottled by force Worn and torn T is at the hospital now Having his skull drilled The sign met his head A branch hung low Heavy with leaves The surgeon with a key hole Pokes at fatty tissue The sign serves its warning Stationary Sometimes moving His hole is stitched His head will ache when he awakes His head like the sign Worn by time Battered, Bruised ...

Disability Arts Online work with the British Council to promote disability arts internationally

The last few years have seen a strong contingent of British artists being showcased overseas through festival appearances and international touring. Through its focus on supporting disabled artists and a strong partnership with the Unlimited programme, the British Council has a key role in helping to spark new opportunities abroad and create an international dialogue ...

Miracle of Life (a new line of work under the label ‘Really Bad Films’)

Banter between SickBitchCrips (SBC) and guest, Victim A SBC: Look at that pile of shit, what d’ya think? VA: Spurious nonsense, in my opinion. SBC: Just gonna check what that means… Yeah, it’s fake, innit? VA: I wouldn’t trust that dodgy bastard as far as I can spit. SBC: She’s a cunt. I wanna gag her. VA: Don’t you think the money ...

Turning Japanese

At the end of last month I returned from a two-week trip to Osaka in Japan. The Arts Council gave me an Artists international Development Fund grant and I travelled to develop an artistic collaboration with Kazuyo Morita a disabled dancer. Japan is a strange place to western eyes, firstly the fact that I could not ...

Still

  Myself and my daughter Jessie Keenan (dance artist) developed this work by exploring a creative process that allowed for both our strengths and limitations to be embraced and laid bare. Having a chronic illness means that I have greatly reduced energy. Working with, not against this and allowing things to be what they were in the moment was an integral part of the project. Through sharing elements ...

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 ...