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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 ...

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 ...

Sophie Stone on Camera

Five languages, spoken and signed: at work on ‘The Singapore ‘d’ Monologues’

I have known performer/visual director Ramesh Meyyappan since 2004, when I saw his non-verbal physical theatre adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart at The SubStation in Singapore. Since then our paths have continually crossed – at DaDaFest in Liverpool in 2005 shortly after he relocated to the ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...