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Signs: Push

Another song of exhortation, encouragement. I feel like I've been a long time gone from disability activism, that I've settled for work, photography and poetry, but my street actions were of a time, a time shared by others. I know also that there are others doing and leading the pushing ...

Signs: Crip Hero

I love this sign. I think its the most profound of them all. But its been a bugger. Something to work on. I hate work. Working on writing that is. What was I going to do with this sign? Then on waking up, the opening line came. Buts that’s all, ...

Kevin Coyne’s ‘Beautiful Extremes’ – a little known classic from 1977

Beautiful Extremes is a collection of songs Kevin Coyne recorded between 1974 and 1977, either as radio sessions, or at the Manor studios in Oxfordshire and the Alvic studio in Wimbledon. Many were recorded at a time Kevin was working with a rock band and had remained unreleased. I remember the ...

Support The Return of the Workhouse Cabaret

The Workhouse Cabaret is a major historic event in the history of the disability movement. Its where arts and culture first met with the politics of the social model. This defined what disability arts and culture is about. The event happens at 7.00pm on 3rd December, the international day of disabled ...

Blind Willie McTell

The Legacy of the Blues

The Legacy of the Blues: The Art and Lives of twelve great bluesmen by Samuel Charters. I bought a copy of this book originally in a charity shop, back in the 1980s. From time to time I would read bits of it. However, I had drifted away from the blues, a ...

Photograph of Alex Cowan in a loft carrying a box

Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, Digs DAM History

In his latest blog, Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, explores just what made the Disability Arts Movement (DAM) history so accessible – those who went before him.

“The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it” (Samuel Johnson) “Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the
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Conducting Development Week title graphic. Project partners: Arts Council England, Drake Music, filmpro, Royal Academy of Music, Disability Arts Online, Orchestra of St. John's, and Together 2012.

Conducting at Royal Academy of Music – The Evaluation

My last post was about my preparation for the project week and now I'm reporting back on what happened. I'm pleased to say that the project at Royal Academy of Music in May went extremely well.  I've taken the liberty of providing you with an audio recording of the pieces I ...

Dancersm Joel Brown and Laura Patay lay on the ground facing each other, Joel's wheelchair is on its side

Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre – a round up

Unlimited 2016 has given DAO more of a focus on looking to pitch pieces we write and commission to be published on other platforms, rather than, or as well as on DAO. Our intention is to get word of the Unlimited programme out to as wide a mainstream audience ...

Photograph of a woman dancing both her hands held aloft in a gesture

Heart n Soul rock the Southbank Centre (literally) with their Beautiful Octopus Club

It has a been a busy Unlimited buzzing with excitement and packed with some excellent art, some good art, wide-ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime and back again. Baluji Shrivastrav summed it up: “This is Unlimited and anything goes!” Friday evening felt like a different festival - a different universe away ...

August Natterer My Eyes in the Time of Apparition (1913)

Reimagining Creativity

Recently I’ve attended two MMU led events that I found particularly interesting, both of which broadly examined ‘human’ ways of being, notions of creativity and human flourishing.  In connection with the first of these events – Theorising Normalcy And The Mundane - I have been working with the ...