For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture
This section of DAO 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.
The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.
April 22, 2019 - by Richard Downes
The book ‘642 Things To Write About’ told me that I was an astronaut enjoying the perfect day. Of cause; I wasn’t and perhaps I never would be.
Sleep, death, suicide, stirred my brain as motifs for the perfect day. There was a time I felt happy. Too happy to live. I think i’ve lived a
April 21, 2019 - by Vince Laws
Artist and DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) activist, Vince Laws, has produced a series of ‘DWP Deaths Make Me Sick’ shrouds, 14 of which will be on display at Cambridge Junction on Friday 26 & Saturday 27 April 2019.
The ‘DWP Deaths Make Me Sick’ shrouds describe the circumstances of death of named people dealing with
April 16, 2019 - by Richard Downes
One of my current hopes is to achieve more brevity, cut down on me words in order to make a point. So here’s a statement masquerading as a poem. What can I be talking about and how did it affect you?
A system that aims to:
Penalise the poor
Is a stupid system
The sadness is its
April 15, 2019 - by Bryony Parsons
I apologise for not writing a poem for a long time. I've recently been poorly, but I think I have my writing muse back. I hope you all enjoy this poem.
I remember when I couldn't socialise,
A few years down the line,
Things have changed,
It now takes a lot too keep me quiet.
I couldn't look people in
April 15, 2019 - by Step Change Studios
Rashmi Becker, Founder of UK-based Step Change Studios has been spending time in New York looking at international approaches to integrated and community dance. She was recently welcomed to the National Dance Institute to learn about its free dance programme DREAM, which serves dancers ages 8 to 14 with disabilities. Here she was introduced to Jocelene Ramnanan
April 14, 2019 - by Lauren Saunders
This Friday it will be three weeks since I delivered a presentation on my practice at the Tate Modern as part of Shape Arts’ Flux/Us: Be part of the art event at the Tate Exchange. Usually, I would write something almost immediately after a big experience like that but I’m challenging myself to allow some
April 8, 2019 - by Ivan Riches
It’s now less than 3 weeks before the ‘Surroundings’ installation/performance. And I am still compiling the projected imagery and editing the soundtrack of recorded voices. The experiences that have been shared with me are precious and I feel the pressing responsibility to make this installation work, especially when one of my interviewees has written this
April 5, 2019 - by Richard Downes
Initial: A Medical Record
I never broke a limb
Not an arm or a leg
My medical history
Notes on my hand
With every break
That never happened
My paper cuts
April 5, 2019 - by Letty McHugh
Wow, It has been such an amazing three weeks since I last blogged for DAO. I went down to London and spoke at the Emerging Artists discussion at the Tate Exchange. (I got a charcuterie plate and ate it looking at St Paul's, it was super fancy) I had chance to see the Jenny Holzer
April 4, 2019 - by Jo-anne Cox
Raucous red, vibrant orange, enshrouded in midnight blue. From the dark recesses, Dragon transmits a powerful and protective veil of sound and colour. Outside, ever-multiplying, plagues of recovery model robots and care company mercenaries lie in wait...
A ground-breaking inclusive electric cello experience by Jo-anne Cox, a contemporary composer and DAO Blogger.
Defiant Journey is a sonic saga,