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What’s in a label? A question of funding.

I’m shooting from the hip on this one. I’m angry, frustrated, pi**ed off. I have just had another rejection, that makes 11 on the bounce without being shortlisted or interviewed. I know it's a numbers game and something just has to turn up soon. Also the funding situation is such that ...

Colin outting together the DAO zine

2018 annual highlights

2018 has been a year of cuts to services, with Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) leading the way in protesting against Universal Credit, which is being rolled out across the country. Combined with the dissolution of Disability Living Allowance, the Independent Living Fund and cuts to Access to ...

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A signer is pictured in profile to the right of Ruth Gould seated on stage in a wheelchair.

DaDaFest 2018 takes on themes of living and dying under the title of: Passing: What’s Your Legacy

DaDaFest in Liverpool has held a big place in my heart since the early 2000s. I know there are many disabled / Deaf artists and allies who feel a powerful emotional connection to the DaDaFest International Disability Arts Festival and look forward to when it comes around. The popularity is very ...

painting of several figures with a blue tinge

Interrogating the Art World – a personal look at DAO’s panel conversation held at the Midlands Arts Centre

I think I have probably been to about a dozen exhibitions this year. On reflection I think that somewhere between 8-10 exhibitions a year is probably about my average. I'd get to more if I could... if I had the energy and the capacity for getting out to galleries. But ...

A Volunteers Insight Into Supporting Learning Disabled Artists at Venture Arts by Hamble-Rose Dean

Venture Arts volunteers assist their team of professional artists within the studio environment. They support learning disabled people to produce high quality artwork resulting in increased wellbeing confidence, social and creative skills. Volunteers at Venture Arts come from all walks of life – student, professional, creative, social care and health. Equally, ...

A houseguest watches a video of the upstairs rooms at Great & Tiny War

Just what does it take to make a show accessible? (Or as accessible as it possibly can be). And a few other thoughts on access thrown in…

  Great & Tiny War is the most ambitious show I’ve ever made. Or maybe I’ve said that before?! How to Live where I launched my own Therapy Empire at Barbican Theatre in 2004 was really massive. When I had the idea of 2,000 ‘pea patients’ dancing the Mexican wave as ...

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Not Half Right at The University of Atypical Gallery, Belfast

Today I am blowing the dust of my blog to write about my upcoming exhibition Not Half Right opening at The University of Atypical Gallery, Belfast in November 10th. The show, named after my blog, is a disjointed narrative of my chronically ill life as I enter my seventh decade ...

Project artworks studio space

An art studio occupying several arches in Hastings

Our visit to Project Art Works marked the end of our traveling and the end of the research phase of this Arts Council England funded project. We were really excited to see their new studio/archive space, as well as to find out what was happening concurrently at Tate ...

Here the Curator Speaks of Shape Shifting Spaces

Cut Up Review of Space Shifters @ Hayward Gallery, 26th September 2018 - 6th January 2019 (including portions of a press release from Drag; Self-Portraits and Body Politics – no longer at the Hayward.) I attended an exhibition. It confounded me. What do you write about ...