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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.

 

Slaughtering the Sacred cows – what are the taboo disability arts subjects you’d like to discuss?

I have been curator-in-residence at MAC Birmingham via a programme run by DASH for the last year. I am hosting a symposium day in association with the show I’ve curated at MAC Birmingham on 11th March. The show itself focusses on the Disability Arts Movement, and how art affected social change. However, I would like the symposium ...

Thick and Tight: Romancing the Apocalypse review by Sarah Watson

Sarah Watson saw Thick and Tight: Romancing the Apocalypse at Sadlers Wells on Thursday 9 January 2020, as part of London International Mime Festival I didn’t know anything about Derek Jarman before seeing this show. Thick (Daniel Hay-Gordon) and Tight (Eleanor Perry) performed two pieces about him that brought him back to life for me. They ...

Liz Bentley doing a jigsaw and dry January while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man

If I'd have known giving up alcohol would have this effect, I would be a different person. I wouldn't have had so many mental fun times, boyfriends and tales to tell, but who knows what I may have been capable of? It's early days but re sleep, the first week it didn't make much difference, ...

observations i & ii

i for many years i was unable even to try to write a cv as this task made me so sad i don’t think such feelings are uncommon ii one day i folded myself into a form - trimmed my edges, or everything they didn't want - flavoured myself to an unreal specification then posted this and found they wanted more which is how ...

Initial; A Father’s Gifts

The book of instructions I use for this series suggests I should remember the first gift I bought for Father’s Day. Its strange to think I can barely remember a gift I gave my dad. On my next birthday I’ll be one year short of 40 years without him. Today dad gets deified. A Father’s Gifts Beware ...

Declaration 18, Joshua losing the battle, he goes

Another article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which I focus on in order to create poetry for a conservation project here in deep dark Crouch End, London. Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or ...

Liz Bentley wishes you a happy newish year while waiting for the Tesco Delivery man

Happy newish year. Fenton was my first Tesco delivery man of 2010. In the photo I am holding my 2020 diary. I always buy a Redstone diary and this year, the theme is 'Dreams of Europe'. The cover photo is a semi-naked Bridget Bardot sunbathing, on what looks like a Greek nudist beach in the ...

Dennis Queen: International Day of Disabled People 2019

On 3rd of December, as has been the tradition for the last several years, disabled people and our allies have come together in Manchester to celebrate International Day of Disabled People (IDDP) and Disability History Month. Each year we share a part of our still-mostly-hidden history and invite comics, musicians, and occasionally choirs, to perform. ...

Actor/Dancer’s Francis and Delson share memories of ‘It’s my move’

Francis Majekodunmi and Delson Weekes are co-directors of Blink Dance Theatre. They were involved with ‘It’s my move’ since the very beginning research and development, leading on the choreography with other Blink Directors Kat Gill and Vicki Hawkins. Face Front have really appreciated all our partners including Julie McNamara and Vital Xposure who helped to ...

Black Widow 2

Late comers to Black Widow may wish to go back to the start which started here. The road is long. Someone added the winding. Spider is on the run. He has six weeks of exquisite boredom on his star chart. This ends with her feast. A death worth looking forward to. Not today. Today sees Spider outside ...