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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.

 

Why waiting is an issue for Liz Bentley, while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man (or ocassionally woman)

It is normal to have presents on Christmas morning but my parents made us wait until 3pm. We had to eat dinner (which I began throwing up age 16), wash up, walk the dog and then we’d sit down in the cold front room and Dad would put the Christmas lights on the tree, each ...

The Challenge; 5 Random Words

I am facilitating a poetry group at the Highgate Society on the first Monday of the month (6.30-8.30pm fact fans). It's basically an open mic. But the group also decided to set a poetry challenge at each meeting. And these will make up my latest theme on the DAO blog. The first challenge was called 5 ...

Measuring Up! Week Three

Hello and welcome to week three of the Measuring Up project blog. The Clock Is Ticking Yes, the clock has been ticking in more ways than one this week. It’s our last opportunity to make new work, as next Monday we will start to rehearse. Personally, I have had to work hard to stop worrying about the fact ...

Signs; (The Ecology) Of Accessible Loos – A Community Exercise

Disability Arts Online are planning a major exhibition/arts event Contested Spaces launching on 24 September at The Foundry in South London. I have been asked to curate poetry events acknowledging World Mental Health Day and the International Day of Disabled People on 9 October and 3 December respectively. I have called on many of my ...

It’s easy to forgive.

It is easy to forgive, Hard to forget, You had just disappeared, Without giving it a thought. You left me in the dark, When I tried to reach out to you, I was left with a broken heart, As you chose to decline my views. We were a package deal, No one said our deal expires, Nothing you said seems real, You were someone I admired, When ...

Miss Havisham’s Wedding Dress

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and in 2012 I made work that celebrated the London Olympics and the Paralympics but also Charles Dickens' bi-centenary, depicting Miss Havisham's Wedding Dress. It's now being brought out of storage for a new show, Impatient! Stories of service user advocacy at Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Why Mr Dickens? I ...

Measuring Up! Week Two

Welcome to week two of my blog, where I hope to share some of the more interesting developments in the creation of Measuring Up. Getting Stuck In! It’s been a full-on week. Matt, Charlotte and I have been in the rehearsal room every day developing new ideas, and have been joined at different times by others in ...

A Mini Crash Course in Cloudspotting: Creating a rest space for FRONTLINE Arts festival (aka please save me from crummy ceilings)

I have lived with chronic pain for over a decade. And that means I need to lie down (a lot). If I want to be a part of the world, to be out and move through it, I often find myself needing to lie down in public. I lie down on trains, on benches, in ...

Acorn; How High We Were, The Moment That We Fell

Yesterday we sat talking about the times we remember when we could climb trees. We talked about the moment we knew it was time to stop. We talked hopscotch and skipping ropes, half-remembered lines. Would we ever choose to go back there? Today I read Yoko Ono’s Acorn, Sky Piece IX and decided to remain ...

Questions About The Art World I’m Too Embarrassed to Ask

When I was doing my MA another student had this quality that I really admired, she would always admit when she didn’t know things, I do not have that quality. Where she would say “I don’t know, could you tell me more about them?” I would say “Oh yeah sure, I know all about that.” ...