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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.

 

The Learning Process

Transitioning from a visual-centric way of thinking to the audio equivalent has been an interesting journey. It has entailed a change in the priority of what senses I use and ultimately how I think. With film, theatre, and dance, one can visualise their intentions before making them a reality.  But with sound, it's different - ...

Katie Wilson’s thoughts on the ‘Is that all there is’ conference

'Is that all there is?' was a two-day conference organised by Open Theatre Company designed to encourage fresh thinking about involving young learning-disabled people in the arts. It took place at Birmingham Hippodrome 9-10 March 2016.  Theatre needs to be accessible so learning disabled people don’t need a degree to get involved; show the skills you have, ...

Signs: Read Em, Write Em, Weep and Vomit

Sitting on a train from Harpenden to Kentish Town I see a blue panel with 5 characters on it. A wheelchair user, a woman, a man, a baby and a carer. I think that's the correct order. So i start telling their stories in my head. Photograph the panel as I'm leaving and cut and ...

Words, Talks and Belly Rubs / 14 April 2016

The sun is shining again as I write this, as it was in chilly January when I wrote my last newsletter.  It actually looks and feels like spring. Hurrah for that. Life continues in waves of intense writing, frustrating illness, and sudden peaks of activity in which I manage to get outside and meet people. Gasp ...

So Mr Fry, where is the trigger warning for you being a twat?

So Mr Fry, I used to have respect for you. After your first BBC programme on bipolar, I noticed a sea change in that people were more open about talking about mental health. But from there things steadily deteriorated. You became a self-appointed spokesperson regarding mental health, despite not experiencing poverty, bad or no housing, benefit ...

SickBitchCrips introduce ‘VeeDee’

SickBitchCrips are dripping with excrement over a sluttish new collaboration under the label ‘VeeDee’. The non-binary, gender bender, vagina regina birds are superlative and will make porn that the feebleminded and the weak willed can aspire to. These able pathetic under achieving pussies will make you slip in and out of your wheelchair. They are blissfully frigid ...

At home and horizontal

There's this idea that life gets better - improves - as we get older. I'm 66 and I still tend to believe this, but less so, because time doesn't mean that much to me. I'm gonna stay here till I soothe my soul ... Then again, I tell myself: If you live for a hundred years, you'll never ...

#bagspill

I was reading about this #bagspill phenomenon in the Sunday Times Style Magazine last weekend. It said a good bagspill is crucial for your personal brand platform. So here's mine.

March NDACA blog

“We adore chaos because we love to produce order.” M.C Escher Since early this year I’ve spent most of my time working on or thinking about the NDACA catalogue. I’ve been working on the best ways to define and describe artists and their work, studying the high-quality digital images that are our preservation masters and marvelling ...

Same old swan

I roll out of bed into a standing position. I learned this back at the rehab unit (donkeys years ago) after my op, it puts less pressure on the spine. Gulp! Overwhelmed with giddiness I roll back down onto my bed. Standing is out. This might be a good time to acknowledge the pinchy feeling in ...