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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.

 

How I participated in a national art event without leaving home.

I wasn't planning to do anything about Tanya Raabe-Webber and her Portraits Untold. I'd seen it reviewed on the DAO website and Facebook page and decided it wasn't for me. The actual event seemed expensive (though there were bursaries) and I ruled it out on the basis of having to travel to London and remain vertical all day. Nowadays, energy and uprightability ...

In defense of ‘We’re the Superhumans’

I love Channel 4’s 2016 ‘We’re the Superhumans’ ad.But then, of course I’m biased, because the ad makes a perfect babysitter, it really does. My son, who is almost 18 months, is completely enthralled by the clip, wiggling his curly little head to the rhythm of the music. Whenever it’s finished, he grins at me, ...

Blog Launch: Surgeons’ Hall Horror Show

Today I’m launching my DAO blog, which will mostly feature information and updates about my ongoing disabled- and Deaf-themed art projects and collaborations. I also like to write about other artists who create, interrogate and interrupt narratives around disability, Deaf culture, (a)gender, class, (a)sexuality, colonialism and race – and my experiences as a queer crip ...

Brian Lobel’s Purge at the Southbank: Social Media, Friendship and Love

At first glance, Brian Lobel’s ‘Purge’ is a game show about social media. The project started in 2011, when he gave strangers the opportunity to decide which ones of his 1300 facebook friends to keep and which ones to delete, having only a 60-second window to introduce each friend to his audience. The performance at the ...

Signs: Becoming absent

Number 1 is a prison song They made them way back then I sang it then as a protest song Loudly until I became hoarse behind the barricade We had songs even then Counting off the days On the bus Down the lane Heading for freedom We'd come over glad all over But the prison song was mine Mine and mine alone The latest hurt The new indignity Only I ...

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 ...