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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

The blog section of the DAO website 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.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

100 Meters; Sweet No Sugar

Taking a sharp swerve from the concept of poetry as an expression of misery here’s something far more juvenile. Me and Jean will often throw rhymes at each other as a means of having fun. We converse about our rituals not being a sign of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder too. 100 Meters; Sweet No Sugar J.C.B. She’s OCD About the ...

zoonpolitikon (political-animal) – new album from gobscure

a punk is literally a smoulder-stick used to light fireworks, Serj Tankians talking armenia (Elif Shafaks big system of a down fan and she's amazing new words out), while napalm deaths a bellyful of salt and spleen in ever-howl against injustice powerful as ever, meanwhile 'playlist curators' chat 'how death metal rarely works in restaurants' ...

Crippen despairs as new boss of DWP carries on their callous tradition

Whilst giving evidence to the Work and Pension Select Committee Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, the new boss of the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) casually claimed that the department does not have a legal duty or statutory requirement to safeguard vulnerable benefit claimants. Disability Arts Online · DWP carry on their callous tradition Referring to a ...

Running Every Half Marathon in Europe and Other Doomed Endeavours

10 years ago, I sat down with two friends to write a ‘30 things to do before you are 30 list’. We had just come from a lecture called ‘How to Set Goals’, the lecturer who had also worked as a life coach encouraged us to always have an elaborate series of plans starting with ...

Missing myself

I miss the conversations – the basis for my artwork – the inspiration for drawing and for visualising the words in 3D sculpture. I miss the creative challenge of engaging with complete strangers for their opinions on exhibitions, performances and the value of art. I miss being that me. In this silence, I want to ask what you ...

Tribute to the legendary Geof Armstrong

I am deeply saddened by the recent news of the death of Geof Armstrong. I first met him in the mid-1990s ... it was very shortly before he left London and headed back to his home city of Newcastle. I was an intern at London Disability Arts Forum working on Disability Arts In London ...

The making of Speak To Me Listen To Me

I’m Katerina (Kitty) Holmes. I’m a young disabled writer and artist. I’ve worked with Unspoken and independently with my own company Ignite Arts. This article is about a film that was commissioned by BBC New Creatives in 2019 and made together with Resource Productions, called 'Speak To Me Listen To Me'. As a disabled person, I ...

Tesco Delivery Man, up close and personal …

This week has been another difficult week. I'll start with the Tesco Delivery Man who totally brightened up the week, by the way, for the purpose of people who are offended that we are breaking the 'rules', I'll tell you, there is a possibility this photo was taken before lockdown, last March. Why do I ...

Crippen reports on an action by disabled artist and activist Dolly Sen

Our friend and colleague Dolly Sen has taken her protest out on the streets again and this time it’s the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that comes under her critical scrutiny. Disability Arts Online · Crippen reports on an action by disabled artist and activist Dolly Sen In an action designed to highlight DWP’s lack of ...

The Damage of Repeating our Access Needs

What used to meet my access need is now my ultimate barrier I am the founder of Magical Women and I am crumbling. I used to be great at E-mails. That is, until people I worked with, would read my e-mails, and ask to see me in my office. They’d want to answer to me verbally. ...