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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.

Practice in a Digital World

Back in January I was awarded an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant to develop and adapt my work as an artist and collaborator during the pandemic and beyond. This project draws particular attention to the pandemics impact on the limited mobility of Disabled People in these extraordinary times!‘Practice In a Digital World’, an ...

Spilt Milk of a Day

24.7.21 Woke up still groggy from a migraine two days ago, made a coffee, went outside with no shoes on, felt grateful for the cold. Rang the physio therapist to make an appointment for him to look at my shoulder because, oh God it hurts and I just can’t wait six months for six sessions in ...

Crippen hears that Disability strategy delayed again!

Having told us that their controversial disability strategy would be published in the spring of this year … then the summer … then “soon”, the government appears to have been forced to delay publication yet again. Our good friend and fellow activist Doug Paulley, along with several other disabled people have been granted permission to challenge ...

100 Meters; Lycantropic Man

Howlin’Wolf, Moanin’ At Midnight.A classic cd twofer.Immersion in a wicked, enchanted version of the blues.I steal each and every song title as they appear in chronological order, spin words around them, toiling with wishes and magic, seeking to make a new being out of this successful whole. Sometimes it behoves me well to play and ...

I (still) Dream of Resting Spaces

I’ve lived with chronic pain for 14 years, and that means I need to lie down (a lot). For a while my world got really small. And so in 2016 I began to play with lying down in public so I could be out in the world more: I lay down on trains, in galleries, on ...

Rotterdam

Hello folks. And with the ‘Covid’-related things we’re all having to go through, right now, isn’t it all about finding productive outlets, despite..? Myself, I like to take problems they’re talking about, on the news, & adapting a pop song to raise approaches they might be thinking about instead… Such as... ‘Rotting Goods...’ (re: “Rotterdam” -The Beautiful South) -With ...

freedom day

so prime minister alexander boris de pfeffel johnson has succeeded in pinging himself, javid & sunak & all are in isolation as a result.  get in.  tho a few more (gove & patel for starters) could also get pinged, anyone got their #?  meanwhile heres something we prepared earlier    

Crippen responds to Boris’ latest gamble with our lives!

So, instead of just throwing the baby out with the bathwater, Boris Johnson seems determined to flush most of the disabled community down the toilet along with anyone else who falls within the ‘at risk’ category. Despite Covid cases having risen to their highest level since January, he is determined that most remaining Covid-19 restrictions in ...

The Challenge; The Men Who Wear Green Socks

The challenge from the Highgate Society Poetry Group placed in September to be read in October 2019 is ‘Characters(s). Real or Imagined. Men in the group were seen to be wearing green socks The Challenge; The Men with Green Socks The men wearing green socks Never seek to be less good Than they are Unlike the man In a red shirt Pulling ...

Crippen supports disabled women’s protest over Covid deaths

Disabled women have begun a three-week protest to highlight “appalling” research findings that showed they were almost twice as likely to die from COVID-19 during the pandemic as non-disabled women. Disability Arts Online · Women's Protest Over 20 disabled members of the Women’s Equality Party (WEP) and allies – including the party’s co-founder, Sandi Toksvig – were ...