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Life as a Side Effect

I wonder what would happen if every birth came with a side effect leaflet, would there be less births? Do we care about the pain of existence for some people? What happens if you have an overdose of people? Or an overdose of pain that no tablet can touch? I ...

Arts Health and well-being and the professionals

It’s probably about time I started writing about all the things I’ve done because it seems that everyone else is #Arts #Health and #Wellbeing. As I am a dyslexic I’ve written this on a speech to text attachment but also due to my dyslexia I am speaking this and it is ...

Standing right arm raised, (holding cello bow which was being used at the time to represent a sword, not sceene in picture) Wearing a plain burgundy colour dress with a light purple scarf tied around my waiste. Stage is dark except for two lanterns shining blue, BSL Interpteter in action. ) a sword - not in picture)

A Defiant Journey Emerges

Last April  I performed the first scratch of my show Defiant Journey at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Supporting me with blogging, project partners DAO ask what I learnt and how did it meet my expectations? I have decided to answer this over several posts. In order to give  quality feedback, ...

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Hidden Stories: a free graphic novel that aims to banish loneliness among people living with invisible conditions

Published by Brighton-based arts charity Root Experience, Hidden Stories is the result of months of creative workshops, where participants from across the south of England explored and shared the challenges of their day-to-day lives through storytelling, visual arts and soundscapes. Millions of people worldwide are affected daily by health conditions whose ...

Oska Bright and Europe

Oska Bright’s international reach and influence has seen a shift away from Australia and Canada towards Europe over the past year. Whether this is a coincidence or a reflection of the geo-political zeitgeist is anyone’s guess. But it is a timely and necessary convergence of thinking, ideas and determination that ...

Getting back into the darkroom.

I am finally writing my second blog post, it's taken me a while to try figure out what to write about. As I am dyslexic, I find it difficult to communicate through written word and I avoid it at almost any cost. But here we go! A ...

Image shows Jo-Anne playing cello on a black stage, with a red spotlight. Photo credit: Oliver Cross

Defiant Journey – Scratch Performance, London, 11th April

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 ...

Jess Thom: Embody the change you want to see you in the work you are making

There's a bit of a revolution going down at the Battersea Arts Centre. The recent Rest & Resistance festival, curated by Jess Thom and Touretteshero, was the beginning of a new inclusive approach being spearheaded by the arts centre to considering what it means to be a relaxed venue. To give ...

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Introduction to my practice

In this first blog post I am going to answer a few questions about my practice, to give some insight into my work. In future posts I will be documenting my making, thoughts and experiences throughout the Emergence project. What photographic processes do you like to use and why? I work ...

This 2011 poster image features a large photo of Zorras, Sandra with megaphone and Y with guitar, plus smaller photos of other performers and a handsome puppet. It reads: Saturday 2 April, Door open 7PM, show 8PM, Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Free! BYOB! Wheelchair accessible! Performances by Anna Le, Diane Torr, Lily, Ste McCabe, The Insecurity Font, Zorras and Scragfight. Short films by sharlene bamboat, The Paraffins and Miss Leggy Pee, RM Vaughan & Jared Mitchell + DJ Fuk You How Do You Do. Poetry. Music. Film. Theatre. Dance. Drag.

Ten Years of Disabled- and Skint-Led Queer & Trans Art in Scotland: An alternative LGBTQI+ History

Ten years ago today, on 22nd February, 2009, I was part of the first ever Cachín Cachán Cachunga! As long-time curator of CCC's cabarets, art exhibitions and community events, I want to share a brief-ish history of the many milestones this anniversary celebrates. I'll also explain why ...