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Missing

Once upon a while ago when younger, still brash, cocky and apathetic I thought I’d enter a tryptich of photographs into a Shape Arts Open on the theme of, if I recall correctly, what disability means to you. I started well but the apathy won (again). The pictures went missing. ...

Highly colourful abstract pattern made of a tiled photograph of cluttered art and craft materials.

Another excerpt from the Dirty Books library

An artist’s studio can be a hive of activity, a space to create and experiment, to start new projects and revisit old ones. It is somewhere to get messy and hear no one complain. You can leave work out and expect it to still be there, exactly as you left ...

Time Heals?

Time Heals?

So I'm alive and still Not Half Right. Still standing....well, sitting mostly. I can't believe it's a year since I posted a blog on DAO. Partly through life circumstances that have left my brain even more scrambled than usual and partly because I couldn't face trying to figure out the ...

Drawing of a hand laid open

Art from an emerging artist on the autistic spectrum

My name is Patrick Samuel. I’m an emerging artist diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome), marked anxiety and low mood. I’m also on a very long waiting list for an ADHD assessment, treatments for PTSD and CBT. I got into art as therapy in December last year as I ...

To be or not to be disabled

I've taken the liberty of adapting William Shakespeare's soliloquy for Hamlet 'To Be or Not to Be' to highlight the plight of disabled people under successive Tory Governments. Willie understands tragedy very well, and that is what is happening now but will it take years before it dawns on ordinary ...

James Rose, Dougie Scarfe (the CEO of the BSO), Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers at the Proms in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. Credit: Starlight Photography

Concerts and Composers

I’m in my eleventh week at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and I’m loving it! Recently, I went to the BSO’s very own Proms in the Park staged over three days in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. This fun-filled 48 hr period included meeting the private donors contributing a significant amount against ...

Shadowlight Artists at their August 2017 meeting

Shadowlight Artists – August 2017 meeting

Each month the Shadowlight Artists meet to discuss news, their individual work and to plan group productions, exhibitions and other activities. The group had news that their group production "Landscapes" and Richard Hunt's individual film "Amazing Art", had been selected to be exhibited at the Oksa Bright Film Festival ...

Richard Hunt of the Shadowlight Artists with support from Oxford Artist Sonia Boue

New mixed media work from Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt with support from Sonia Boue recently completed two mixed media pieces on board, "Oh Winged Dove of a yellow river" and "The Sparkle of the Pear". Richard normally works on canvas and wanted to experiment with different media. Richard is a founding member of the Shadowlight artists, and ...

Collage with images of Trump and May. On the left Trump is signing a document with the words ‘wall, patio, internment camp and mojos’ on it. Next is a photo of Trump and May holding up two fingers with the caption: Image gobscure: "The government I lead will be driven by the interest of the privileged few: up yours!"

The government I lead…

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Hagiography

Today in the ongoing diary of a holy fool I stopped to wonder if it could have been different then. Hagiography Poet. Wasted. High On Drugs Low On Depression Waiting for the word. No. Don’t do it. Poet. Wasted. High On Drugs Low On Depression Hears the word. No. Don’t do it. Poet. Wasted. High On Drugs Low On Depression Obeys the word. No. Don’t do ...