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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.

 

Realm – a gallery residency developed through a playful intent

Last Friday I got to the closing party for Realm in a public gallery in Southwark Park – an experimental collaboration between three London-based artists, chosen respectively by CGP London, Outside In and Bethlem Gallery. Hats off to the three artists Hazel Brill, Richard Downes and Mr X, for creating such a tenacious and engaging film, ...

ArtStudio01 Exhibition and Sharing Day news

Friday 12 April saw the sharing event as part of Tanya’s research into learning disabled art studios around the UK and Finland. It also saw the launch of the ‘ArtStudio01: New Ways’ exhibition in Participate Contemporary Studios, Shrewsbury, co-curated by Tanya and Jennifer. For those that couldn’t make the sharing event, it was live streamed on ...

Scamp – the radical dog artist

Hello my name is Scamp Ratticus Rose, dog and artistic collaborator of Dolly Sen. She used to have another artist dog Lux but Lux was a sculptor and I am a radical performance artist. I am only a 6 month old pup but I can see bullshit in society a mile off. My work explores the ...

Getting back into the darkroom.

I am finally writing my second blog post, it's taken me a while to try figure out what to write about. As I am dyslexic, I find it difficult to communicate through written word and I avoid it at almost any cost. But here we go! A lot has happened since my first blog post, which ...

642; Spaced and Perfect

The book ‘642 Things To Write About’ told me that I was an astronaut enjoying the perfect day. Of cause; I wasn’t and perhaps I never would be. Sleep, death, suicide, stirred my brain as motifs for the perfect day. There was a time I felt happy. Too happy to live. I think i’ve lived a ...

‘DWP Deaths Make Me Sick’ shrouds in Cambridge

Artist and DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) activist, Vince Laws, has produced a series of ‘DWP Deaths Make Me Sick’ shrouds, 14 of which will be on display at Cambridge Junction on Friday 26 & Saturday 27 April 2019. The ‘DWP Deaths Make Me Sick’ shrouds describe the circumstances of death of named people dealing with ...

Signs: Stupid System

Signs: One of my current hopes is to achieve more brevity, cut down on me words in order to make a point. So here’s a statement masquerading as a poem. What can I be talking about and how did it affect you? Stupid System A system that aims to: Cut Sanction Kill And otherwise Penalise the poor Is a stupid system The sadness is its ...

Changes

I apologise for not writing a poem for a long time. I've recently been poorly, but I think I have my writing muse back. I hope you all enjoy this poem. I remember when I couldn't socialise, A few years down the line, Things have changed, It now takes a lot too keep me quiet. I couldn't look people in ...

I Dream of Movement

Rashmi Becker, Founder of UK-based Step Change Studios has been spending time in New York looking at international approaches to integrated and community dance. She was recently welcomed to the National Dance Institute to learn about its free dance programme DREAM, which serves dancers ages 8 to 14 with disabilities. Here she was introduced to Jocelene Ramnanan ...

Talk @ The Tate!

This Friday it will be three weeks since I delivered a presentation on my practice at the Tate Modern as part of Shape Arts’ Flux/Us: Be part of the art event at the Tate Exchange. Usually, I would write something almost immediately after a big experience like that but I’m challenging myself to allow some ...