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Puppetry & Disability at Nottingham Puppet Festival

As part of the Nottingham (UK) Puppet Festival (22nd till 25th March) Artist, writer and puppet maker Corina Duyn will be giving two talks: Puppetry, Disability & Health, and Writing for Puppetry Corina will also be attending Puppet Place in Bristol (UK), 29th March. And as keynote speaker at  Broken Puppet ...

Strano ('strange' in Italian): Five dancers, some visibly disabled, some nondisabled and some invisibly disabled, dressed in black.

‘Strano’ by Alessandro Schiatarella: Exploring invisible disability through dance

When we enter the performance room of the Tanzhaus Zurich, we are already greeted by a hypnotic rhythm that plays in the background, and one of the dancers is moving along the wall. The audience perceives this as a warm-up, and only starts paying attention as the music and the ...

Photo of disabled painter and writer Kit Wells with fiddle in hand

On the fiddle…

I don’t really know why I’m reviving old memories by writing this blog (my very first in 75 years) but I am still a Disabled person and proud to be so. I just felt it was time to reach out to see if any of my old friends in the ...

crip magazine 2 cover

The launch of Crip Magazine #2

I am at an event in Zurich, Switzerland, where artist Eva Egermann presents the second issue of Crip Magazine, a DIY publication about disability culture. Edited by Egermann herself, both the first and the second issue contain contributions in German and English (some of them translated in both languages) that ...

two puppet bodies lying side by side

The dance of puppets

I have come to accept that certain art projects take years to grow from the initial seed (idea) to a finished piece of art, with its own story to tell. My ‘Reflection’ puppets, is one such project. Background to the puppets  I found this abstract From a blog post in March 2014: "... During ...

Corina Duyn taken het puppet out of the box

Puppet Power

Attending the Broken Puppet Symposium on puppetry, Disability and Health last week was like stepping into a completely new world. And yet when I entered it, and moved about with open eyes and ears, I realised I had been part of this amazing, creative, fun, and astonishing place for pretty much all my life. I ...

Image of a female performance artist wearing a mask and blowing a balloon

Disability Arts Online work with the British Council to promote disability arts internationally

The last few years have seen a strong contingent of British artists being showcased overseas through festival appearances and international touring. Through its focus on supporting disabled artists and a strong partnership with the Unlimited programme, the British Council has a key role in helping to spark new opportunities abroad ...

A photograph of a woman lying on a bed on a cobbled street. She has flowers over her face.

Still

  Myself and my daughter Jessie Keenan (dance artist) developed this work by exploring a creative process that allowed for both our strengths and limitations to be embraced and laid bare. Having a chronic illness means that I have greatly reduced energy. Working with, not against this and allowing things to be what they were in the moment was an integral part ...

black and white photo of Jess Thom on stage with the slogan 'the damage of diminished expectations' behind her

Going all the way to Galway Bay

In January I attended the Creative Connections Arts and Disability Conference in Galway. The event, organised by Art and Disability Ireland, involved presentations panel discussions, performances and top class international speakers. Travelling to the venue and surviving a two day conference with my chronic pain/ fatigue/ anxiety combo was a big ...

Photographs showing 8x4 light boxes with images from 35 artists outdoors in Stratford. Including detailed image of my piece Bats in the Belfry.

Letting in the light

I am well chuffed that my piece Bats in the Belfry was selected for the Letting in the Light Exhibition now showing in Stratford, London. Bobby Baker's Daily Life Ltd has teamed up with Outside In and Bethlem Gallery to showcase work by 35 artists with personal experience of mental health ...