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.
June 5, 2016 - by Aidan Moesby
I have been appointed the Disability Associate for Salisbury International Arts Festival. I am looking at the organisations activity within a Disability context.
For exampe one of my first 'actions' was to ask all the staff what came to mind when they heard the word 'Disability' and when had they felt 'Excluded'. Next up provoked them
June 4, 2016 - by Richard Downes
Roll up Roll Up
Change your disabled babies here
Fucked it up the first time. Have another go.
But can I say
Can I ask
What happens to the old one?
We have the means
We have the method
Call it as you will
The less names
We say the better
But surely not
No. Not those
Not no longer
We can fix them
Put them right
June 2, 2016 - by Gemma Nash
The design of toilets have been based on a historical model of the ‘ideal’ (hu)man, and continues to ignore the diversity of their users.
Travelling Toilet Tales...
You may have recently read about Italian creator, Maurizio Cattelan’s 18-carat solid gold toilet installation at the Guggenheim Museum, but he’s not the only artist using a toilet as an inspiration
May 29, 2016 - by Richard Downes
We the people of Gritsalt
Are free to stand
On little yellow boxes
About the shame
For we have grit
And we have salt
And we will cut
And we will sear
With little fear
For we are the people of Gritsalt
May 25, 2016 - by Creative Minds
The HOUSE Festival Brighton 2016. Gillian Wearing - A Room With Your Views. A HOUSE/Brighton Festival co-commission. University of Brighton Galleries, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton 30 April - 29 May.
I went see the house launch for Gillian on Friday 29th April.
The exhibition is inside dark green house with little cute lights outside. l loved the
May 22, 2016 - by Richard Downes
Standing by your locked gate
My inner core is iron
My outer shell is tin
Hit me with a hammer
To let my past times in
I turn to drink
As I try zinc
To get my red corpuscles moving
For being here
As left me totally still
I return to the institution. It's different. Still for kids. Kids lost in activity. It feels
May 21, 2016 - by Katherine Araniello
A campaign called ‘Help Katherine’s wish come true’ has caught the retina of SickBitchCrips, who don’t support charity. They find it an abhorrent act of humility and patronisation. It is disgusting, belittling and demeaning.
As far as SBC are concerned, disabled people are pathetic, just like the rest of us. If they want money they should
May 18, 2016 - by Dolly Sen
Had a good and useful time at Bobby Baker's Artist Peer Support Day yesterday, full of 'mad' artists and cakes. I was toying with giving up being a professional artist but it has invigorated my creative vision and soothed my insecurities.
It showed very helpful ways to look after yourself as a mad artist, including practical
May 16, 2016 - by Creative Minds
The HOUSE Festival Brighton 2016 Thompson Hall - Home Away From Home A HOUSE/Outside In co-commission at The Regency Town House 13 Brunswick Square, Hove 30 April - 29 May.
The venue for this exhibition was a house with beautiful architecture and structure. It really worked well feeling like you are in a house and not museum.
I like the boldness of
May 11, 2016 - by Alice Holland
The iF Platform is back, this time taking on Brighton Fringe and a fresh audience of curious, critical and creative disabled artists and allies. Hosted by Stopgap Dance and the Sallis Benney Theatre on Monday May 9th 2016.
Bookended by daft flatulent cabaret from Moxie Brawl and The Awakening Process film from Stopgap, the first session