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cartoon about death of disabled PIP applicant

Crippen reports on yet another death attributed to DWP policy

And still it goes on. Despite being accused of causing the deaths of disabled benefit claimants by awarding the assessment process to callous private sector contractors, the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) is faced yet again ...

oven-ready illustrated

Realm Memories

Realm as some of you might know by now is a collaborative exhibition I was involved with early 2019 courtesy of appointment by Outside In. Mr X came from Bethlem. Hazel Brill was selected by Southwark Park Gallery (then Cafe Park Gallery). I had a mentor; Judith Court. She suggested ...

a mobile phone is wedged onto the handle of a window with a banana shaped cat toy

Audio Journal in November

I was 21 when I had to write one of those one or two sentence bio’s that sum up who you are as an artist for the first time. I had no idea what to put, in fact, I still find them incredibly difficult to write, but that’s not important. ...

cartoon about covid 19 vaccine

Crippen hears that charities have called on Government to prioritise those who are more vulnerable to the virus

Three ‘disability’ charities have called on the Government to ensure that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties and autism, as well as their families and support workers, receive prioritisation for the new COVID-19 vaccination. Disability Arts Online ·

Collage representing the arts sector as an impenetrable fortress which tkaes the form of a square mandala

DNR_RND: Risk Harassment

Is it time the art sector started to assimilate to disabled artists rather than harassing us to assimilate to their world? Attending zoom meetings and talks during the pandemic highlighted this lack of presence of people with protected characteristics or, in some cases the same few people (with protected ...

The Daily Shell Fish

The Daily Shell Fish is a corruption of the Daily Selfish that Keith Bray mocks me with as I project my current arts project into virtual space. Its simple. Its primitive. It depends on a) zoom, b) colour, contrast and cropping as provided by free Shotwell software and b) an ongoing ...

cartoon about train travel

Crippen looks back 25 years to his cartoons of that era

As you’ll have seen, there’s been a lot of talk about it being 25 years since the launch of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. I was even persuaded by our over-worked Editor Colin to throw in my own two-penny worth (that’s old money to you youngsters out there!) with an ...

A visual representation of disabling barriers.

Disability equality is passé. Inclusion is old school. Access is now!

The subject of disabling barriers is deeply boring, tedious and time-consuming. Ask any funder, curator, commissioner, or other provider of arts opportunities what they think and what they do about disabling barriers, and they react in one of two ways.

  1. They think you're (just) a university student writing a

cartoon about disability hate crime

Crippen revisits the subject of disability hate crime

This is the second year running that the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) has refused to provide any explanation for why police forces are passing significantly fewer cases of disability hate crime to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).