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.
July 21, 2015 - by Colin Hambrook
Logging on to Dao’s FB group can be a reminder that we are living in a regressive period where Disability Politics is concerned. It can often feel as though the Social Model understanding of our lives as disabled people has taken several steps backwards.
The Dao FB group has grown to nearly 3,700 members, increasingly attracting
July 17, 2015 - by Jane McCormick
I have been thinking a lot about the standard wheelchair disability symbol lately and how there is still no equivalent for people like myself who have a invisible disability. There are lots of jokey tee shirt and badge slogans but nothing that has the universality and gravitas of the wheelchair symbol.
I have taken to standing
July 16, 2015 - by Alice Holland
Hey everyone, howdedo?
I'm pooped from another Immersed in 360 exhibition (running at Plymouth Uni until Friday) but cheered to have found a new political pin-up in the barnstorming form of Mhairi "halt the rollout of PIP in Scotland" Black who's maiden speech this week made me want to stand on my chair and cheer. Love her.
July 13, 2015 - by Ivan Riches
We have now done our third session as Sonic Vistas and the development of our set is well on its way for the Liberty Festival London 2015.
In this blog I am introducing you to Kris Halpin: “So today I embarked on an intriguing new adventure. I’ve joined Ivan Riches’ Sonic Vistas project, a collaborative collective of
July 10, 2015 - by Dolly Sen
Yesterday I attended a creative meeting looking at creating art around the theme of hysteria, and the invitees were asked to talk a few minutes about their take on hysteria. This was my talk:
I look at hysteria two ways.
Firstly, I see hysteria as performance, applauded by psychiatry and society. Make your madness entertaining for sanity,
July 10, 2015 - by Wendy Young
Another 'bus home' scenario that make me smile, make me frown, make me want to write it down!
They could be friends
Walk at same pace
Instead the argue across the aisle
‘I had a hip replacement – nothing wrong with you’
He upright the three wheeled disabled walker updated zimmer man
(not Robert but I wrote this poem for you!)
July 8, 2015 - by Dolly Sen
The final part of my ladybird book of the menopause series
July 7, 2015 - by Dolly Sen
I remember 7/7 very well. I was an inpatient on a psych ward at St Thomas Hospital, and out of nowhere there were convoys of ambulances streaming in the A&E dept of the hospital. There were no more red double decker buses going over the bridge.
My mum texted me that there were a series of
July 7, 2015 - by Colin Hambrook
A statue by artist Damien Hirst which according to the Evening Standard “aims to challenge our prejudices around disability” was recently installed next to St. Helen’s Church and opposite the Gherkin in London’s Square Mile.
The seven-metre high sculpture, called Charity (2003), is a replica of a 1960s Spastic's Society charity collection box depicting a disabled
July 7, 2015 - by Aaron Williamson
Demonstrating the World is a project for Unlimited 2 (delivered in partnership by Shape and Artsadmin) which had a Research and Development phase and now, in collaboration with producer Edd Hobbs, a production commission.
Sometime midway through the R&D phase I encountered the wonderful contemporary folk-archive of amateur demonstration videos on YouTube. (That’s my descriptor: they