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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.

 

From Singapore to Swansea – this writing life

I’m back in the rather wild and windy west of Wales after a stupendously creative six weeks in Singapore, working on a production with Intercultural Theatre Institute, plus a lecture-performance and workshop with Access Path Productions  for Singapore Writers Festival. I’ve been to the writer’s festival in the past, so it was gratifying to be involved ...

A ‘dyslexic rant’ about the impact of Instagram

Does it work for you? This is a series of blogs/views about Instagram. To get a picture I need your heIp. As disabled artists, we will have different experiences about our ability to interact and use different mediums so please share your experiences at the end of these blogs. So how good is Instagram for a ...

Thoughts on how would I ‘pick myself up’ now? While waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man (or occasionally Woman)

I love Ken Loach, I really, really love him. I’ve seen ‘Sorry We Missed You’ and ‘I Daniel Blake’ and last week I saw him on a chat show talking with a council tenant about the squalid accommodation and homelessness in our country. A man on the ‘phone-in’ to Ken said “20 years ago I ...

The Drawing Marathon – Week Two

Legitimately could've sworn that I posted this back in September - better late than never though, right? Welcome to the second part of my two-part blog documenting my 2 week ‘Drawing Marathon’ experience of the Royal Drawing School. As described in the first of these two blogs, this course was the core part of my Emergence ...

My Soul is a Search Engine

MY SOUL IS A SEARCH ENGINE by Dolly Sen I make film, I make art, I make books, and I make trouble. One way I employ two of those things – the art & trouble-making – is by disrupting systems that produce ‘copy and paste’ identities/thoughts/perceptions/life/death, as a Trojan horse dressed as a my little pony ...

Love a guide poem for a festival

I was due a return to the Arts Camp at Cambridge's Strawberry Fayre. The theme for the year was love. Love is not my most concentrated theme. I needed to start putting things together. I decided to write a guide poem as a means to building a set. Then I found I had a health ...

Representing UK Inclusive Dance in the United States

With support from Arts Council England, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, and the Knight Foundation (among others), Step Change Studios represented UK inclusive dance at a festival of physically integrated dance in the US. This was Step Change Studios’ first international project since it was established two years ago. Lauren Russell, who is ...

Extended thoughts about the ‘Joker’ while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man

We all have a ‘Joker’ within us, I know mine and it isn’t nearly as severe as the ‘Joker’s’ in the film, but it is plenty enough to gain understanding in my work as a psychotherapist. In Primary Care where I worked for 12 years, one of my old patients came to mind while I ...

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting: Precarity in the Modern Age

If you’ve read any of my blogs, you’ll know I am neurodiverse and have had chronic pain for over a decade. Last weekend I had a flare-up, a scary one, where all my usual tricks to calm the nervous system didn’t work, and I spent hours tracing the outline of light and shadows in my ...

Time for Media

It’s been a very busy few months for me and I have been meaning to write a blog for the last 3 months. What have I been doing over the last few months? Well, I must say that it’s been overwhelming. In between being a full-time employee for the council, a mother, a writer and a ...