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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.

 

DET – Scrimping and Saving Co. Ltd

I’ve lived through two periods of blue austerity. This one is the longest yet. A perfect time to look at organisational barriers being created by central government by filtering diktat through to local authorities of many different colours but usually the same hue of yellowy custard. Scrimping and Saving Co. Ltd Open 24/7 Contactable by phone With a call ...

UK Premier of Fairy Tales: showcasing 20 disabled and non-disabled artists through original dance

National award-winning Step Change Studios – an inclusive company for disabled and non-disabled dancers – presents the UK premiere of its new show Fairy Tales, at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio on Thursday 27 June 2019 Fairy Tales showcases solo, duet and group numbers interpreting the universal themes of childhood tales through ballroom and Latin-inspired dance. ...

This One and The Next…

I was doing box office on the penultimate day of Wandsworth Fringe 2019, having done my own show Hidden for the past 2 days. This was the 4th time I’ve done WAF in the 10 years it’s been running. It’s been good to revisit my play ‘HIDDEN’ again, especially with Niall Phillips directing. I feel like Niall ...

When Letty Went to Norway

I went to Norway at the start of this month. Then I came back and spent 23 days trying to write a blog post about it. I’m not exaggerating (well, not much) when I say I sat down every evening and tried to get something down, but I just couldn’t. It’s partly because my MS ...

Surroundings Blog 4

The installation/performance of ‘Surroundings‘ at the South London Gallery on the 24th of April this year was well received, judging from the follow up discussion and comments in the audience questionnaires. And as ‘Surroundings’ is an R&D project, feedback is an essential process for informing and further developing my experience in creating a more fully ...

Initial – Allergy

This weeks challenge from ‘A First Time For Everything’ is to write about my first allergy. I do have one or two but they’re not much to write about and the news is more mortifying. Initial - Allegy 2018 Natasha Ednan-Laperouse Dies from a sesame allergen Induced by a relaxed regulation 2019 Hello Brexit Food Standards Environmental Standards Workers Rights Relaxed and even more relaxed regulations 2031 Goodbye ...

red tape … saving lives since … ?

something mary left behind in manchester recently  – she is leaving them where she can – she doesn't respect property!

100 Meters – Clubfoot

A word memory found in the Poetry Library whilst reading an old, cherished poet who used the word infrequently. I think of Clubfoot sometimes and what happened the next day following my subsequent refusal of a date. My shame will not let me name her. I was young. As was she. We shared space on ...

The Show Must Go On

A reflective Richard Downes looks back on four turns at REaD Rhymes Live his first experience of curating, MC-ing and performing at a self designed show for Disabled Poets at the Karamel Restaurant The Show Must Go On A note came out of the blue from the chair of Collage Arts suggesting there may be a regular ...