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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.

 

Pudsey stashes away almost 90million pounds! / 14 November 2015

BBC Children in Need, which has raised more than £600million since 1980, has allegedly stashed a large part of this into its investment portfolio instead of giving it directly to those children it claims to collect the money for. BBC Children in Need has £87,705,000 invested in a range of portfolios, up from £81.2million last year. ...

Pudsey stashes away almost 90million pounds! / 14 November 2015

BBC Children in Need, which has raised more than £600million since 1980, has allegedly stashed a large part of this into its investment portfolio instead of giving it directly to those children it claims to collect the money for. BBC Children in Need has £87,705,000 invested in a range of portfolios, up from £81.2million last year. ...

Operation Invisible / 5 November 2015

The following has been written by Bob Williams-Findlay, long time disabled activist and academic, who is explaining why Operation Invisible is taking such a firm grip on disabled people's imagination. "What is Operation Invisible? It is a simple idea: to bring together disabled activists and our organisations to produce 'campaign material' aimed at making our allies ...

This blog has no title; it just is. / 30 October 2015

Woke up. Felt weird. Read Dolly Sen's blog. Did this picture.

The Creative Minds conference key question: what makes for ‘quality’ in theatre? / 29 October 2015

Coming back from the Creative Minds conference in Ipswich I was mulling over the day's discussion about 'quality' and remembered how six years ago I had the privilege of sitting in on a theatre-devising workshop with Australian theatre company Back to Back. It was very different from anything I’d experienced with learning-disability arts organisations in ...

Creativity and Mental Liberation Manifesto / 24 October 2015

Morley College has revived their 100 year old tradition of putting on their penny lectures, where people pay a penny to listen to a talk. Bobby Baker and I talked on the theme of Creativity and Mental Liberation. I decided to present my manifesto on Creativity and Mental Liberation, which has been harvested from previous ...

It’s Easy For You To Say: Rowan James and the emergence of ‘impairment-laden’ work by disabled artists / 19 October 2015

I recently caught an ITV news item celebrating the “ordinary heroes of Britain.” An eight-year-old disabled child was put on the spot for being ‘inspirational’ for completing a triathlon. It was notable because the lad was much too sharp to be fooled by media patronising bollocks: “I don’t even know why I’ve won an award. ...

Is the only time Cripplies get a look into `mainstream’ arts when we’re ‘spilling the beans’ about impairment?

I seem to have seen more shows in recent months than I’ve done in quite a while! The most recent, which I’ve genuinely loved, being Jess Thom’s Backstage in Biscuitland and Caroline Bowditch’s Falling in love with Frida.   In both I’ve had moments of being caught up sharp, as if by red flashing lights when ...

Artist is as artist does. / 15 October 2015

I'm too old (or too/not enough something else) to get a job, so I'm trying to focus on the art side of things. It might come to nothing, or it might come to something. The main thing is I'm doing it. Wake up! City Arts is an interesting project that's recently started. It's local, near to where I ...

‘Lost in Spaces’: with mash, memoir and Pepwatch! / 13 October 2015

I'm bad and weary and old and overworked. I'm sad my DAO blog cries out for fulfillment but hey, a crip has to choose her battles. But I'm back, and with the help of my all round fabulous manager, director and organiser Beth Pitts, I hope to be laying down more Pep news over the ...