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.
December 17, 2015 - by Deborah Caulfield
I went to an exhibition yesterday.
In typical form, I approached the task of writing the review back to front.
Today, due to my ostensible need to verify and justify each and every word I write, I am not writing.
I am researching; seeking, digging, poking, unearthing all manner of info, items and opinions, endlessly clicking and link
December 17, 2015 - by Colin Hambrook
In thinking about my round-up of the highlights of 2015 there are several events that stand out and a changing climate, culturally and politically, which are having an impact on the evolving beast that is disability arts.
Last March, and for the third year running, SICK! Festival presented its increasingly influential showcase simultaneously in Brighton and
December 14, 2015 - by Penny Pepper
Times, they are exciting! Despite a broken shoulder and the gloom of winter zapping my stamina.
I told you in my previous blog that I'd signed a contract with the publishers Unbound, who crowdfund the first edition of their books. There have been slow times and then flurries of activity.
First of all, a big THANK YOU
December 11, 2015 - by Clive Essame
People of all ages ask me why I have written two plays; Impisi is about disability and Mbali is about mental ill-health; using African wild animals as the main characters – good question!
It all started in South Africa a few years ago when I was taken to see a performance by two amazing actors in
December 8, 2015 - by Deborah Caulfield
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December 4, 2015 - by Colin Hambrook
I went to the Arcola Theatre in Dalston the other night and was dazzled by an unexpected encounter with Howard Barker - considered one of the major writers of modern European theatre. I found myself in the 'wrong' studio as Barker began holding court about the state of Theatre in the UK: “The best thing
December 3, 2015 - by Alan Hopwood
With Christmas coming, I have decided to write my blog early as I know it will be a bit mad in the next few weeks. Likewise, I have been working on my artwork in haste, knowing I will get few opportunities during the holiday, and for the past few days, I have noticed my anxieties
December 3, 2015 - by Jane McCormick
Earlier this year I attended a group CBT course for Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Years of chronic pain and the associated depression and fatigue has taken its toll and I am now what my older neighbours might call 'Bad with the Nerves'. That description, old fashioned as it, pretty much nails it. Keeping on top of
December 2, 2015 - by Colin Hambrook
Sheila Hill’s Him was a favourite in the Unlimited showcase at Summerhall in Edinburgh earlier this year. Aside from the quality of the work as a piece of art, the content seemed relevant to me, personally, partly because the panoply of impairment issues I deal with on a daily basis are steadily presenting new challenges as
November 29, 2015 - by Dolly Sen
Surrounded by arseholes, it is good to have an arse that stands out, although some will argue, that’s half the problem.
But how better to show your recovery by looking after your bum. Let it be so beautiful when they inject it, they feel shame at tarnishing such sexiness.
Here are my tips for looking after your