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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

The blog section of the DAO website provides disabled artists and writers with a space to give our readers an inside view of their art practice, share thoughts and receive comments and feedback.

These blogs provide an informative and entertaining insight into how disability and impairment are experienced from a disability perspective.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

Crippen revisits the plight of learning disabled people still being held in secure units.

Thousands of learning disabled people and those with Autism in England are still being held in secure units, usually hundreds of miles from their families and facing increasing use of restraint and isolation. Disability Arts Online · Plight of disabled people in care Writing in The Guardian, journalist Saba Salman reports that parents who are fighting to ...

learn to love yr madnesses – album of sound-art from gobscure

weve written for dao before about mad sound, a logical response to an insane world. in our rants weve pointed out how 'canon' is the wrong shape - canon is the then foreign secretary (now prime minister) reciting rudyard kipling in a temple in myanmar while the world asks is this genocide yet? lets find ...

Acorn; Horizon

In response to Yoko Ono’s Earth Piece IVHorizonI sit looking blankly at the wallWaiting for a plan to formPages, papers, pens with nibsThe tools with which to disguiseIntentions. The scheme is called escape.Pages, papers full of wordsDesigned to empty pens of inkThe nibs remain to pick and scrapeAt masonry cementing bricks together.Bricks together that hold ...

Crippen discovers that the transport industry has had yet another exemption from access laws!

It’s got to the stage where when this government hacks off yet another piece of disability-related legislation, there’s not even a tokenistic acknowledgement, never mind any form of protest from opposition parties and those groups and organisations that claim to represent us. Disability Arts Online · Another exemption for access laws In fact, it takes a single ...

Propulsion for 2021

I’m looking forward to introducing my new project – Propulsion, Learning and Sharing. Funded by Arts Council, I’ll be looking at my own disabilities and working out what my access needs are moving forward, along with interviewing other disabled artists about how they manage their own access needs. I’ve seen some people on twitter talking about ...

Hello, I am James Lake – a disabled artist based in Exeter

Hi everyone, my name is James Lake. I thought I would do an introductory blog post to share a little about me as a disabled artist working from Exeter, England.  I am a sculptor and I work with cardboard. The things I make depend on the context: whether I am engaged in my artist practice; or ...

Dry January, Tesco Delivery Man and coping in The New World Order

My thoughts are with everyone struggling with Covid (my paramedic niece has it right now) or any virus or anything, or anything, or any virus or Covid and/or anyone still recovering from the last lockdown, mentally physically. Anyone dealing with re-traumatisation, bereavement, anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger, frustration. Anyone struggling with eating disorders, binging, alcohol consumption, ...

Crippen says it’s time to stop this backwards slide!

2020 was a year that most of us would prefer to forget, whether due to the Covid pandemic or the abysmal way in which disabled people been scapegoated by this Neo-conservative government. Disability Arts Online · Disability legislation takes backwards Slide Coupled with the negative changes to social care and special educational needs legislation that this government ...

turn the book around e.p.

4 tracks of sound art culled from many sources longterm including residencies with dash, cesta & our associateship with greyscale theatre leading to touring joey after our worst sectioning (psychiatric prison) we discovered that creative industries had designed / marketed spoonrests. more recently shredder lubrication paper now exists - its sole function is to feed into ...

different battle same war 06: grim up north, mutant down south

 Disability Arts Online · Different Battle Same War 06: grim up north, mutant down south rant number six, grim up north, mutant down south. start of 2021 common era and klf are releasing their back catalogue. first time in what 29 years that it's officially grim up north. we overthink drowning streets and the govern-mentals 2015 ...