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Possible All Along

Possible All Along is an exhibition of work by thirteen Leeds artists. Other than place, their connection is that they are all disabled artists, which might be considered a flimsy premise for an exhibition. But thinking about this year and the concerns amongst disabled artists that we are becoming ...

12 Months On……

A little over 12 months ago I read an article on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and wrote a poem in preparation for the last election (December 12th 2019 fact fans). I had the chance to deliver it a couple of times at spoken word events and also turned ...

100 Meters; I Wanna Be Like Paul Crowther

One thing I do, from time to time, in spoken word events is present something simple and topical based on my own prejudices. I published this on social media at the time. it may not work so well on the page so many months after the event but DAO is ...

Photo of a white male artist sitting behind a laptop, in a darkened setting - an image of the earth above him

I Was Naked, Smelling of Rain

For the first time in its history, DaDaFest conducted its festival completely online. Steph Niciu reviews an event from day five of DaDaFest’s Translations – Aidan Moesby’s premiere event for I Was Naked, Smelling of Rain, which took place over Zoom on 1 December. Before we saw Moesby’s piece, there was ...

A an older man's face looks away from the camera against the backdrop of a brick wall

Black Widow 7

New to the never ending story of the Black Widow and would like to start from the start. Try here dears. She sits with her back to the wall in a place she calls outside her comfort zone. She is calm in the darkness of the many fussing voices. I ...

hyena in petticoats

online exhibition / screening / album - from 19 nov, 7pm commissioned by together 2020 disability history month festival - film, online exhibition, e-zine of art / writing / activities because mary wollstonecraft wz bad, rad, bi, mutha, internationalist, feminist before the word, a writer & mad - she, disabilities included ...

digital image of richard downes

Access Contextualised

A collection of 17 poems compiled as a contribution to UK Disability History Month. The compilation seeks to broaden the brush usually applied to access. Whilst access remains a key issue it has to be seen, in my opinion, only as a part of wider issues derived from approaches to experience ...

Juice; Slap

For Yoko’s Body Sound Tape Piece. Yoko your body sounds are kinder than mine, more curious too, though I have some good ones. Here I revisit a one off incident (well, twice is more than enough really) before going back to the violence of special school and then saving a concern for ...

a cartoon about Boris' neglect

Crippen: Government was ‘reckless and negligent’ in approach to social care, say MPs

The government has been accused by MPs of a “reckless and negligent” approach to the social care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disability Arts Online · Government ...

black and white still of a man and a woman wearing face masks

The System Is SIC K

When Covid-19 threatened to halt their next play, Wakefield based theatre group, Red Shed Players, turned the script into a film, titled SIC K. The docu-drama is based on interviews and encounters with sick and disabled people who have struggled to claim benefits due to the torturous system enforced by ...