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Isolte Avila and David Bower from Signdance Collective

Signdance Collective present ‘Carthage/ Cartagena’

Signdance Collective celebrate a 30-year anniversary with an international tour of Carthage/Cartagena by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich and will be performing at Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm and Theaterlab, New York from July 19th -21st Set in an imagined despoiled, war-torn landscape, Carthage/Cartagena uncovers ...

A trip to the museum of Mahmoud Dawish and the Tower Restaurant

After a good mornings work, Amani again provided a welcome lunchtime diversion, a ‘shwarma picnic’; Amani has been an irreplaceable support in organizing locally, and in making the group’s stay as comfortable and productive as possible. We had planned today to drive to Bethlehem as a group, to visit sites of ...

Artwork using Arabic script

Rachel prepares for the next stage of ‘It Was Paradise’

The work continues apace. And today I headed into town to meet with the Art Director of the Qattan Foundation in Ramallah, to explore the possibilities of grant applications and collaboration with It was Paradise. I visited the art shop in Ramallah, a shop that clearly reminds me of my Middle ...

Watercolour painting of a landscape

The mid-point of the ‘It Was Paradise’ residency

The third day of working has been largely studio-based, and I have taken the time to impart technical skills and more painting and drawing is underway, with the motive to creating a comprehensive body artworks for the future of the project. Today there is a general strike in Palestine, in ...

painting of a flower

The artists get to work completing sketches

This first day was a day of studio-based work, establishing ground-rules and starting-point.  I asked the group to introduce themselves individually, and tell each other something of their lives. The difficulties imposed upon each member of the group by their circumstances and impairments became apparent very quickly, the significant mobility, ...

Taking up residence at Star Mountain

It had originally been intended that the group would undertake most of the work for It Was Paradise at the Red Crescent in Ramallah, using their highly accessible facilities and workrooms, spending only a very few nights at Star Mountain. However, it became immediately apparent that Star Mountain is an eminently ...

Viewfinder screengrab

Happy New Year, from DAO to our community

This isn’t a blog about New Year’s resolutions or how I’m going to fail to keep them. It’s simply a thank you and a small request. Thank you to our loyal Disability Arts Online community of readers, artists, and bloggers. Thank you to the first-time readers or contributors who are ...

abstract image with the text 'too much poetrys middle ov the ode' from an e-book by sean burn,

comin ov rage

(some) brokenword in brokentimes - dedicated to all on diy 13 (in leith - season, rhea, rebecca, nathaniel, andrea, alexandrina) plus lada in general / also celf / daily life unlimited / dash / dao / madstudiers all sides all borders (... mad studies north east collective, launchpad, qmu / ...

A photograph of Liz Carr on stage at the Royal Festival hall. She is using a golden wheelchair with confetti all around her.

2016 Round up: a year of ensuring disability arts is known about more widely

When you look at DAO you’re only seeing a half of the work we’re doing to support the disability arts sector. 2016 has been an incredibly productive and busy time for us at DAO. The year began in the thick of our Viewfinder series of workshops hosted by Goldsmiths University. ...

Blind Willie McTell

The Legacy of the Blues

The Legacy of the Blues: The Art and Lives of twelve great bluesmen by Samuel Charters. I bought a copy of this book originally in a charity shop, back in the 1980s. From time to time I would read bits of it. However, I had drifted away from the blues, a ...