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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.

 

And now for something completely silly and totally other than what I should be doing. / 17 December 2015

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 ...

2015: The year impairment issues returned to the fore / 17 December 2015

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 ...

Exciting times, exhausting times / 14 December 2015

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 ...

Writer Clive Essame, creates innovative theatre inspired by the sounds and sights of the African bush./ 11 December 2015

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 ...

Not writing. A picture in words. / 8 December 2015

I can't write tonight Background notepad image from rgbstock

On the uses of art and polemic in theatre.. Howard Barker and Patrick Marmion battling it out in the same theatre… / 4 December 2015

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 ...

Remember to enjoy

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 ...

The worry box

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 ...

Embracing the taboos of ageing and death with Sheila Hill / 2 December 2015

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 ...

My ‘Mindless Guides’ leaflet on ‘How to look after your bum bum for depot’

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 ...