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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.

 

Pandora’s Box

It is timely that as my R&D period draws to a close, the findings of Dr Felicity Boardman’s research looking at support for screening of SMA (my condition) are also published. Through my discussions with artists, researchers and museum staff, some key themes have emerged. There are inherent challenges associated with choice when we are asked ...

Keeping calm. Drawing a picture!

problem ... who said anything about a problem ... everything is fine

A tribute to Junior Byles, a roots reggae pioneer / 11 February 2016

Earlier this century I bought a copy of MOJO magazine. It had a free reggae compilation with it. One of the tracks on the CD was ‘A Place Called Africa’ by Junior Byles. The song is a heartfelt cry on the Rastafarian theme of repatriation. Listening to it reminded me how good Junior Byles is. ...

Daily Paralympics

Recently, I’ve had a few falls that knocked my confidence about. The thing about falling is that I always manage to get back up again; for those watching it’s quite shocking, however, for me it’s a regular activity.  My bodily balance isn't in equilibrium at the best of times but I try to deal with ...

Adapting a play script for different settings

My play Impisi was originally written as a two-hander and was created for specific actors, Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkwane. These two South Africans were very accomplished physical actors, one was trained at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and both of them had worked together for many years, in many countries including the UK at the Tricycle ...

Why Conducting?

So why get into a really weird and specialised art form about which few people understand? I have set my sights high in committing to the journey of music conducting, I know, but it feels right. Whilst I was preparing my application to the Arts Council, I was asked to write how the conducting was related ...

New sketchbook studies

  It is difficult starting a new project. Having to develop a new visual language, to communicate new ideas, and when those ideas are connected to your own wellbeing, both physical and mental, it can be very hard to remain emotionally detached from what you are doing. I have felt some anxiety in these early stages of ...

Depressed Search Engine

I have already created a website experiencing psychosis http://internetbreakdown.com/  Today I decided to create a depressed search engine insisting that there isn't any point to looking for what you want. I have self-hate in my programming too, the anti-virus is not sanity, that only makes my system crash again and again. To that end, I want to disrupt systems that produce ...

So it was. And here it is!

Once in a while, every so often, I get the urge to draw. No use fighting it. And so it was, that one day last October, l set the table. Years before, I had set my students a similar drawing exercise consisting of mugs and a check tablecloth. Nothing like a grid for plotting one's place in the ...

Letting in the light

I am well chuffed that my piece Bats in the Belfry was selected for the Letting in the Light Exhibition now showing in Stratford, London. Bobby Baker's Daily Life Ltd has teamed up with Outside In and Bethlem Gallery to showcase work by 35 artists with personal experience of mental health issues. I love that the ...