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Signs: Stupid System

Signs: One of my current hopes is to achieve more brevity, cut down on me words in order to make a point. So here’s a statement masquerading as a poem. What can I be talking about and how did it affect you? Stupid System A system that aims to: Cut Sanction Kill And otherwise Penalise the poor Is a ...

Changes

I apologise for not writing a poem for a long time. I've recently been poorly, but I think I have my writing muse back. I hope you all enjoy this poem. I remember when I couldn't socialise, A few years down the line, Things have changed, It now takes a lot too keep me ...

I Dream of Movement

Rashmi Becker, Founder of UK-based Step Change Studios has been spending time in New York looking at international approaches to integrated and community dance. She was recently welcomed to the National Dance Institute to learn about its free dance programme DREAM, which serves dancers ages 8 to 14 with disabilities. Here she ...

Black and White image of artist Lauren Saunders standing at a podium. The large screen behind her shows two surreal collages she created.

Talk @ The Tate!

This Friday it will be three weeks since I delivered a presentation on my practice at the Tate Modern as part of Shape Arts’ Flux/Us: Be part of the art event at the Tate Exchange. Usually, I would write something almost immediately after a big experience like that ...

Image shows Jo-Anne playing cello on a black stage, with a red spotlight. Photo credit: Oliver Cross

Defiant Journey – Scratch Performance, London, 11th April

Raucous red, vibrant orange, enshrouded in midnight blue. From the dark recesses, Dragon transmits a powerful and protective veil of sound and colour. Outside, ever-multiplying, plagues of recovery model robots and care company mercenaries lie in wait... A ground-breaking inclusive electric cello experience by Jo-anne Cox, a contemporary composer and DAO ...

Volunteering: Gaining from Giving

Volunteers play a vital role in the arts. Without them, many activities would not happen.  Across the UK there are around 63,000 voluntary arts groups, regularly involving more than 10 million people participating voluntarily in cultural activities*. Step Change Studios works with volunteers who support its inclusive dance activity. Its volunteers ...

Dolly and her Dad

The Art of Grief

My dad died a couple of weeks ago. I did cry but I wasn’t sure what I was crying for. There is a saying that ‘grief is love unfinished’, but for some grief is love not yet begun. I have written on DAO before about my relationship with my ...

Two men standing about to give a presentation

Aidan Moesby: blossoming in the rain

Being able to support an artist through the development of an idea to make it a workable project is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my work. We set up the artist development sessions and associate artist programme to formalise this type of support from within Disability Arts Online ...

An introduction to my rhizomatic practice…

In this first post from Emergence Bursary recipient Lauren Saunders, she speaks openly and honestly about her varied art practice. What has led to your taking on the identity of a socially-engaged interdisciplinary visual artist? It's quite a loaded identity to have, isn't it? I'll ...

New work for March 2019

At long last I have been able to do some new work (abstracts this time). I have made three images in total, which are combined media works. They began with painting and physical manipulation (sanding), which I did last Autumn, and today I completed them using digital techniques. This has become ...