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“We’re here, we’re visible” by Matthew Kennedy

Hi, I’m Matthew Kennedy, an artist/filmmaker from Glasgow, Scotland. I’m pleased to be writing my first blog post for Disability Arts Online about how Oska Bright Film Festival has given me a platform as a queer learning disabled filmmaker and how I’ve come to appreciate and love what the film ...

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It was hard to say goodbye

Trigger warnings: Death. Not my best poem, but these furry best friends do know how to leave a hole in our hearts. Rest in Peace, Morgan! You were my furry best friend, We had a strong bond, you and I, We were like two peas in a pod, So it was very hard to say ...

This 2011 poster image features a large photo of Zorras, Sandra with megaphone and Y with guitar, plus smaller photos of other performers and a handsome puppet. It reads: Saturday 2 April, Door open 7PM, show 8PM, Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Free! BYOB! Wheelchair accessible! Performances by Anna Le, Diane Torr, Lily, Ste McCabe, The Insecurity Font, Zorras and Scragfight. Short films by sharlene bamboat, The Paraffins and Miss Leggy Pee, RM Vaughan & Jared Mitchell + DJ Fuk You How Do You Do. Poetry. Music. Film. Theatre. Dance. Drag.

Ten Years of Disabled- and Skint-Led Queer & Trans Art in Scotland: An alternative LGBTQI+ History

Ten years ago today, on 22nd February, 2009, I was part of the first ever Cachín Cachán Cachunga! As long-time curator of CCC's cabarets, art exhibitions and community events, I want to share a brief-ish history of the many milestones this anniversary celebrates. I'll also explain why ...

Oska Bright Film Festival is open for submissions

Oska Bright Film Festival, the world’s leading learning disability film festival, is open for submissions for its 2019 festival. I'm Matthew Hellett, the Lead Programmer, and I want you to submit your films! It's so easy, and we're really approachable. We are looking for films that are made by, or feature ...

Has spring finally arrived?

Has spring finally arrived? The snow is melting, The sun is shining, and the birds are nesting. Has spring finally arrived? People are starting to smile, Flowers are beginning to thrive, Children are starting to play outside. Has spring finally arrived? Farmers are lambing, Dark nights are becoming lighter, People are mowing their lawns, Has Spring finally arrived? Days are becoming dryer, Valentines and ...

PERSPECTIVES | Final Exhibition at Manchester One

Learning disabled artists present their final exhibition in the Perspectives series in the heart of Manchester city centre- supported by Bruntwood - 29 January – 6 February 2019 City centre Bruntwood space - Manchester One, will host the final exhibition to complete the PERSPECTIVES series – a variety of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges ...

You Feel

Note: Do you suffer from Anxiety? I do. I struggle with these symptoms and sometimes it takes a while to get over them, as anything can set off an anxiety attack. But please don't worry, you are not alone. You feel your body freeze, You feel your mouth go dry, You feel like ...

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I am the one with 22q.11 Deletion Syndrome.

I am the one with 22q.11 Deletion Syndrome, I am the one with a heart condition, I am the one who struggles to hear, I am the one with just one wish, I wish I could avoid the hospital appointments, I wish I could stop my mother from worrying, I wish there was a life with ...

What is a New Year to you?

A new year is here, What is a new yea to you? A new year is to face my fears, It's one step closer to the future, What is a new year to you? A new year is a new you, It's an opportunity to try something new, It gives you the chance to start a new ...

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This storm…

Do you ever feel like you're all alone? I do. Isolation should be stopped. No one likes to be alone. This storm... The howling of the wind, The heavy rain fall, The rumble of thunder, The combination of them all, The storm makes darkness appear, You see no light at the end of the tunnel, You feel like ...