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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.

 

Words on Water

On 20 August 2016, I was invited to attend a writing workshop ‘Words on Water’ on the Llangollen Canal at Lyneal Warf in Shropshire. The event was lead by novelist and poet Jeff Phelps, and organised by Simon Fletcher who’s working on Literature Tent at Merefest 2016 in partnership with volunteers from the Friends of ...

Signs: Distance

There: From a Devon Beach A Hampshire memory Full of joy and laughter As we conga From a hall Around and over A traffic Island To a Robert Haywood Office painted Turgid Blue Where we form A Line, A Barricade, Preventing access Denying aides egress Uplifting hearts With chanting We’re DAN You’re trapped Get out around the back We’re DAN You’re trapped Get out around the back But now a hint of sadness Blackens my Frivolous mood Because here Today 20 years on ...

Don’t worry… Breathe… Draw.

It's Unlimited time again. Another chance for disabled artists to get their stuff out there to wider audiences. Or, in many cases I suspect, the best if not the only opportunity to be able to afford to do their work at all. Not that I know anything about it. My art is too wispy for me to ...

Mad Dogs and Me: Part Two

16th Street, Kansas City the late summer heat was hitting 95 degrees. I walked a mile or so down from Fred Whiteread’s house, down past all the Stars and Stripes waving at me and then a line of Croatian flags, giving  me flashbacks of the time in Croatia as a war poet in early ’93. Finally ...

Viewfinder, DAO’s ongoing video project, commissions Martin O’Brien to work with SPILL Festival

Martin O’Brien’s Viewfinder commission has delved into the SPILL archives and emerged as a set of conversations and accompanying playlist that are sure to spark further debate and enquiry. Disability Arts Online’s Viewfinder project is all about enabling people to find views on the world through artists videos in order to instigate meaningful conversations. The Illness ...

Radical Craft exhibition review By Sarah Watson

What are we talking about? We were at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and we went to see the Radical Craft exhibition, which I thought was “alternative art”. Artists used different materials and the artists came from different parts of the world including Denmark, Japan and Germany and of course the UK. What did it look like? The building ...

A day in the life of a SUPERHUMAN

In the wake of highly inspirational Olympics and Paralympics in Rio, an ordinary human caught up with a superhuman: What is the most superhuman thing about you? (Please pick only one superhuman quality) Oh God, there are so many. If I had to go with just one, I guess raising my eyebrows is probably the most superhuman ...

Signs: Debt

This shop keeper wants our money But we have paid And we will pay And we will pay again Before the revolution of iron and steel We were fools Wise and Foolish And we paid And we will pay And we will pay again Then we were locked up In red brick institutions Where we worked To pay To work to pay Before we paid again And how we paid Paid for ...

Equivalence

Following on from my last blog post, I've continued to develop the staged reading of my short story, "Equivalence". While receiving choreographic/movement mentorship from Claire Cunningham and Caroline Bowditch, I was also planning a film shoot at my new flat (uh-oh time to unpack!) with nine performers, a filmmaker and a BSL interpreter. 11 people ...

Harry Potter and Disability: An almost spoiler-free review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

There are some definite perks when you are a disabled person or going out with one. Everyone knows about the parking, of course, but did you know that, just by being a crip or dating one, you can see the year’s most anticipated play, sold out until end of 2017, shortly after the premiere with ...