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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.

 

Interest in DNA – is it a gender thing?

As I draw to the end of my research and development project I've been exploring in more detail the demographic of the audience at the Science Museum to help inform an audience engagement strategy. Two things struck me in particular. Firstly from an evaluation study, one of the reasons the temporary exhibition case that focussed on issues ...

Who draws the line on what is or isn’t a useful life?

The journalist Matthew Parris has a bit of a thing about ‘usefulness’ as an important human trait. When interviewed by disability activist and wheelchair user Baroness Jane Campbell on BBC Radio 4’s first Today programme of 2016, he branded her as “a clearly useful person” because of her place in the House of Lords. Parris makes ...

Tribute to David Bowie, whose music I didn’t much like

David Bowie has died age 69. He had cancer. And by all accounts he stayed strong and cheerful to the end. For this he deserves credit and respect. I didn't rate his stuff much. His voice never appealed to me. I thought I liked Rebel Rebel till I checked the lyrics, now I'm not so sure. I can't relate to them. ...

The Revolution will not be medicated

The Revolution will not be medicated No forced stillness and wiped dreams No being held down For being different No sedation for the screams We are screaming for a reason Our hurt will change the world Because the world won't change our hurt The side effect of  life Is the need for it to be ours The revolution will not be medicated You cannot anesthetise hell You ...

Crippen cartoons on Google images

I had an interesting comment on my Wordpress blog the other day. I've added my response at the bottom of this post but but would be interested to hear what others make of it. You can access the blog comment directly by clicking here and maybe leaving your own comment? Blog Comment left by Akiko Chan: "I don’t ...

On being a writer

Being a writer is a hard business. “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” —Harper Lee But it is only the start of being a writer who produces work that is read, seen or heard. To achieve that a writer now ...

2016: In with the old and the new! / 6 January 2016

Hi everyone! It’s been a little while since my last update and a glance at my increasingly mangled diary (apparently I do most of my smoking and hair dyeing towards the middle of the month) makes me wonder if I’m not perhaps a tad over-stretched. But with so many wonderous arts projects to get my ...

The consequences of praise: Bafflement, weirdness and wondrousness. / 6 January 2016

Today I received praise for my writing. It felt good. And weird. I wonder why ... My earliest memory of being praised was a teacher congratulating me for passing the eleven plus exam. I was baffled. I didn't even know I'd taken it. Then I remembered the strange test we'd all been made to sit. However, I still ...

The consequences of praise: Bafflement, weirdness and wondrousness. / 6 January 2016

Today I received praise for my writing. It felt good. And weird. I wonder why ... My earliest memory of being praised was a teacher congratulating me for passing the eleven plus exam. I was baffled. I didn't even know I'd taken it. Then I remembered the strange test we'd all been made to sit. However, I still ...

January

Its Monday, it's January, I'm sick again.