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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.

 

London, my London

London. It was a fluke, my moving here and nearly 20 years ago now... Oh I had visited - weekend trips and skives off school (I was a boarder down in Hampshire. Lunchtime concerts at the Royal Festival Hall (amazing how appealing classical music becomes when you have Saturday lessons!), then freezing outside after, with our ...

Nick Priest reflects on the ‘Is that all there is?’ conference

'Is that all there is?' was a two-day conference organised by Open Theatre Company designed to encourage fresh thinking about involving young learning-disabled people in the arts. It took place at Birmingham Hippodrome 9-10 March 2016.  Well, the ‘Is That All There Is?’ conference is in the books, and will go down from my perspective as an ...

Signs: Float On

Why for the choice to live in bubble floating high in Dreamland encapsulated, ensconced and apathetic untouched, unloved, unwanted unengaged but separate and untroubled too cut off from pain and hurt refusal and rejection Why for the choice to live in bubble when bubbles burst and lose their life as soon as contact with earth is made Why for the choice to live in bubble and not to raise the stick or roll forward ...

Welcome Spring

  Spring feels very welcome this year, after a spell of immobility, the sunshine has come and as always, it draws me out into the landscape. I am beginning to regain some independence and with it comes the desire to be creative. Photography is always my first outlet, even when my mobility is limited, it still allows ...

The Learning Process

Transitioning from a visual-centric way of thinking to the audio equivalent has been an interesting journey. It has entailed a change in the priority of what senses I use and ultimately how I think. With film, theatre, and dance, one can visualise their intentions before making them a reality.  But with sound, it's different - ...

Katie Wilson’s thoughts on the ‘Is that all there is’ conference

'Is that all there is?' was a two-day conference organised by Open Theatre Company designed to encourage fresh thinking about involving young learning-disabled people in the arts. It took place at Birmingham Hippodrome 9-10 March 2016.  Theatre needs to be accessible so learning disabled people don’t need a degree to get involved; show the skills you have, ...

Signs: Read Em, Write Em, Weep and Vomit

Sitting on a train from Harpenden to Kentish Town I see a blue panel with 5 characters on it. A wheelchair user, a woman, a man, a baby and a carer. I think that's the correct order. So i start telling their stories in my head. Photograph the panel as I'm leaving and cut and ...

Words, Talks and Belly Rubs / 14 April 2016

The sun is shining again as I write this, as it was in chilly January when I wrote my last newsletter.  It actually looks and feels like spring. Hurrah for that. Life continues in waves of intense writing, frustrating illness, and sudden peaks of activity in which I manage to get outside and meet people. Gasp ...

So Mr Fry, where is the trigger warning for you being a twat?

So Mr Fry, I used to have respect for you. After your first BBC programme on bipolar, I noticed a sea change in that people were more open about talking about mental health. But from there things steadily deteriorated. You became a self-appointed spokesperson regarding mental health, despite not experiencing poverty, bad or no housing, benefit ...

SickBitchCrips introduce ‘VeeDee’

SickBitchCrips are dripping with excrement over a sluttish new collaboration under the label ‘VeeDee’. The non-binary, gender bender, vagina regina birds are superlative and will make porn that the feebleminded and the weak willed can aspire to. These able pathetic under achieving pussies will make you slip in and out of your wheelchair. They are blissfully frigid ...