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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.

 

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 ...

Not going out. A poem for peace. / 27 November 2015

I used to campaign against war and in favour of peace. It seemed important and I felt useful. I feel too tired and achy to protest now. Or is it that it doesn't seem to be worth the effort? I don't know. I really don't. So, I wrote this rough and ready poem to go with this picture .Then I ...

Collaborative contribution to ‘How not to receive a diagnosis of ‘personality disorder’ / 24 November 2015

Here is another guide, this time most of it not written by me, but a collaborative endeavour from Recovery in the Bin. My contribution was turning it into a leaflet, and adding the extra text and images. There isn't room to show the whole leaftlet, but here are the first 4 pages.

The Writing Group – Gave Life to My Words

I have struggled to speak up for myself in the past which is the main the reason I write. I have always been a writer, it was a means of getting the sealed emotions, feelings and desires out of me. I had no professional to guide or teach me to improve my writing skills until ...

Interruptions / 23 November 2015

Alan Hopwood  November 2015 blog Interruptions It has been an exciting period since my last blog, I have turned 50, had work exhibited in Leeds and Leicester, and began my mentoring programme thanks to DASH. At the same time my work is at a crossroads, I have been looking back, searching for a way forward. It is always ...

The first of my ‘how to’ guides in regards to mental health / 19 November 2015

I am part of a facebook forum called 'Recovery in the Bin'.  This user-led group is for MH Survivors and Supporters who are fed up with the way colonised 'recovery' is being used to discipline and control those who are trying to find a place in the world, to live as they wish, trying to ...

Notes from SICK! Festival… / 17 November 2015

I was invited to be part of the SICK! Festival Thematic Advisory group and recently attended a meeting at The Manchester Museum with a large group of academics, theatre producers/ makers and representatives of Arts and Health organisations. The purpose of the thematic Advisory Group was to help shape the focus and content of SICK! Festival ...

Lost in Spaces – the final lift off! / 16 November 2015

Despite the broken shoulder, the crushed ankle and the dodgy eyes (brave crip, hey?!) the show must go on. This Saturday 21st November is the last tour date of Lost in Spaces at the Old Town Hall in Stratford as part of the Together Festival and Disability History Month. It is a matinee performance at 3.30pm, ...

NDACA: From the past, the future…

Since July 2015 I’ve been working with the artists and organisations whose pledges are going to form much of the NDACA (National Disability Arts Collection & Archive) collection. They’ve put up with my visits and questions and finalised what they think best illustrates the Disability Arts Movement and the personal experience, social and political struggles ...

One Sided?

Since my last blog, I have been thinking about the importance of depicting multiple viewpoints relating to genetic screening in the final piece of work.  In particular, the choice of materials will be integral to the way the concept is explored.  I have been considering a range of options but I am most drawn to ...