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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.

 

Bah humbug from Liz Bentley while waiting for the Tesco delivery man

I struggle with Xmas, but try my best to do the 'Merry Xmas' thing. It's exhausting to be happy, excited and full of joy, when inside the familiar feelings of isolation and detachment whirl around my head. I have to fight to them off as best I can, I don't want to upset or have ...

The Challenge; Festivities

December’s challenge from the Highgate Society’s Poetry Group was to do a poem on the festivities. I looked back through the prism of time and remembered my time involved in the first DPAC action on the Housing Emergency. The Challenge; Festivities A nativity scene A Norwegian tree Trafalgar Square DPAC announce Emergency Housing Crisis Stephen Lee Hodgkins is Joseph Eleanor Lisney is not ...

Diversions at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Over the past few months, I have been collaborating with the Hebrides Ensemble and Drake Music Scotland. I was initially commissioned to write a work for members of Hebrides Ensemble and  Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra, an ensemble of disabled musicians who play using a variety of digital instruments. This resulted in the creation of ...

2019 annual highlights

Recent events have given many of us a deep sense of foreboding – meaning, critically that the challenges disability communities around the country face will likely become ever more entrenched. Our only hope is in finding ways to strengthen the communities we are a part of and to find support in coming together and finding ...

Being anti-social at the Wellcome

This year saw two of my art pieces – ‘Help the Normals’ collecting can and Dignity Pillbox – being shown at the Wellcome Collection’s permanent exhibition ‘Being Human’. Because of that connection, I was asked to be part of their Festival of Mind and Bodies on 30th Nov and 1st Dec. I decided to do ...

I Cannot Capitulate, I Can Only Create

  The Senses In the final years of lies, Only the birds will remember the truth But will we listen? In the final years of hate, Only the trees will remember love But will we touch it? In the final years of desperateness Only the stars will remember our hope But will we see it? In the final years of nightmares Only the earth will remember our ...

Thoughts on the election and accessible shopping – no delivery man this time!

These last few weeks have been difficult. Chronic insomnia and flu viruses affecting me and most of my family.  The general election on Thursday falls on ‘Perverse Verse’ my show I host at the Ivyhouse in Nunhead. It was supposed to be our Xmas Stocking show, it's changed into something more befitting to the occasion. ...

Acorn; My Sound Pieces

Yoko’s final sky piece in her book of Acorns makes me think of lines from Laurie Anderson’s Walking and Falling. Whilst Laurie falls, Yoko flies. Then sounds from what we used to call albums start to fill my head. I am transported back to the scouts and special school. Acorn; My Sound Pieces O. O. O. O. ...

Dyslexic Rant, the impact of Instagram part 2

This is a series of blogs/views about Instagram and artistic practice. Are you making work especially for Instagram has it changed your practice? Let me tell you about my drawings first.... I doodle all the time especially, when I am at meetings, I am a compulsive drawer, I love drawing and so I thought I would edit ...

642; Roomie

642 things to write about instructs the writer to give testimony to a favourite room mate. I never had one. I considered giving the names and status of all those roomies who never became a favourite. DAO have recently discussed whether we are in a pre-disability arts era. I have a dream. Unusually vivid for ...