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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.

 

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 ...

Sarah Watson writes about 1927’s theatre show ‘Golem’

I went to see the new show by theatre company 1927. It’s called Golem. I saw it at the Old Market Theatre in Hove. It was heaving! The space was quite big, settling down into my seat, there were pictures projected onto the big screen on stage – I liked them, they were simple line ...

Is disability art just for disabled people?

When I originally wrote my play Impisi my intention was for it to be performed by actors – both professional and amateur, both disabled and not – and for audiences made up of the general public. The play encourages us to look at some of the issues around disability while being entertained at the same time. But I ...

SickBitchCrips – Doing Fuck All, Because We Can

2016 is here and the diseased continue living and the deceased continue dying. Hand transplant is fresh and SickBitchCrips are queuing up, desperate to be rid of their limp fingers. Salad Fingers is a non-contender. IS (Income Support) continue to kill the lame and weak, and there is widespread fear of mutating cells, causing further illness ...

Slappers! / 29 January 2016

The art of disabling a life, the art of stifling progression, the art of crushing is the job of the Slapper! Trying to follow the rules of the 'so what' theory in that I was advised to expand on depressing poetry by making it readable I managed to get this one on page and then ...

Interest in DNA – is it a gender thing?

As I draw to the end of my research and development project I've been exploring in more detail the demographic of the audience at the Science Museum to help inform an audience engagement strategy. Two things struck me in particular. Firstly from an evaluation study, one of the reasons the temporary exhibition case that focussed on issues ...

Who draws the line on what is or isn’t a useful life?

The journalist Matthew Parris has a bit of a thing about ‘usefulness’ as an important human trait. When interviewed by disability activist and wheelchair user Baroness Jane Campbell on BBC Radio 4’s first Today programme of 2016, he branded her as “a clearly useful person” because of her place in the House of Lords. Parris makes ...