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Paralympic Athletes mural to be unveiled…

I have been working on a mural for the Paralympic Atheletes to be unveiled later on this year… Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, David Weir, Ade Adepitan, Jonnie Peacock, Kadeena Cox, and Ellie Simmonds all feature. I painted all the athletes in action with the intention of ...

The Equals

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys: Some Belated Praise for the Equals

Last year I bought a copy of a music magazine called Shindig. A magazine that covers music from past decades. The main focus often being on the 1960s. In particular, the psychedelic music that blossomed in the second half of the decade. My main reason for buying the magazine was ...

Five things you don’t know about Penny Pepper…

I hate apricots – who knew that? I think that’s enough, though I might sneak another one in later.  I’ve read far too much about how to do social media lately… Life has been a swing between work and health. Sometimes it’s more a stagger. Sometimes a bounce. Lots of news and I ...

Photo of learning disabled artist Andy Kee wearing a white lab coat with coloured clothers pegs on a line around his kneck

A vision for creative gallery access for people with learning difficulties

As a child I was inspired by ‘Vision On’ – a TV programmed presented by Tony Hart – and I knew that I could be an artist when many around me doubted it. I believe many other people with learning disabilities can achieve success if they have opportunity and the ...

Support The Return of the Workhouse Cabaret

The Workhouse Cabaret is a major historic event in the history of the disability movement. Its where arts and culture first met with the politics of the social model. This defined what disability arts and culture is about. The event happens at 7.00pm on 3rd December, the international day of disabled ...

Spanking Reality’s Arse for Mental Health Resistance Network

On Friday 25th November, I will be spanking normality's arse by performing some poetry & comedy for Mental Health Resistance Network's celebration of women survivors. Mental Health Resistance Network say this about themselves: 'MHRN are Mental Health Survivors resisting Tory persecution of the sick and disabled in the interests of their super ...

Assisted Suicide the Musical

Liz Carr: Assisted Suicide the Musical review by Katy Cracknell

Learning-disabled artist, Katy Cracknell, reviews Liz Carr's Assisted Suicide the Musical after seeing the production at the Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre in September. It’s a cabaret musical about assisted suicide. Liz Carr presents the facts and figures of suicide, looking at legislation in the UK and abroad. She mentioned that assisted ...

Photograph of Alex Cowan in a loft carrying a box

Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, Digs DAM History

In his latest blog, Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, explores just what made the Disability Arts Movement (DAM) history so accessible – those who went before him.

“The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it” (Samuel Johnson) “Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the
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A person lies under a pile of cards with various phrases on

Creative Minds: Nye Russel-Thompson’s Just a Few Words

In the latest Creative Minds blog, Katy Cracknell reviews Just a Few Words which was at the Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre in September. The performance was performed, directed and written by solo artist Nye Russel-Thompson. The performance started with a record playing that was scratched, which created a nice metaphor for someone ...

Dancersm Joel Brown and Laura Patay lay on the ground facing each other, Joel's wheelchair is on its side

Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre – a round up

Unlimited 2016 has given DAO more of a focus on looking to pitch pieces we write and commission to be published on other platforms, rather than, or as well as on DAO. Our intention is to get word of the Unlimited programme out to as wide a mainstream audience ...