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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

The blog section of the DAO website 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.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

Haiku; Fair Minded Killers

Inspired by The Daily Haiku 153 where the daily theme of darkness meets the weekly theme of water. Hands up if you remember LDAF – London Disability Arts Forum (the forerunner of Disability Arts Online)? I think it was there that I read one of our activists talk about watching someone drown a disabled child in ...

We Shall Not Be Removed Campaigns and Update

Who is We Shall Not Be Removed? We Shall Not Be Removed​ was developed by disabled people as an emergency response to the pandemic, to ensure we aren't left behind or left out of discussions. We wanted a forum of voices to advocate and campaign for disabled creative practitioners and organisations at all intersections in our ...

Tesco Delivery Men bringing plastic I have to have and they won’t take back

I hate all this extra plastic (you can't receive Tesco delivery shopping any other way now), there is no scientific evidence (and even if there was I am sceptical as science changes so fast, and each scientist changes their minds, just look into Pasteur and Bechamp) you can get a virus from a surface or ...

Fringe event

Tucked in behind the council offices and the police station is the Bee Garden. You can get to it through the grounds of the Arts Centre (a decommissioned church)... that's close, oh so close - certainly the closest I've got to an arts offer in many months. An open-air Fringe Event targeting our Write On group ...

Our Sacred Skills and Attendance to Art Practice during Covid19

Magical Women are excited to introduce to you Magical Women artist Louise Amelia Phelps. Her precious and sacred skills spin threads of joy from fauna & flora to become works of art, that unravel warmth and nurture for all. The Craft Life of Louise Amelia Phelps “There is so much beauty and magicin the processes of spinning ...

Crippen looks for the missing money

OK, call me old fashioned, but didn’t it used to be that when a person went into politics and became an MP it was to represent their constituents? Disability Arts Online · Crippen looks for the missing money And if you happened to have an interest in something that came up during parliament, like an involvement ...

Acorn; Feet Firmly Planted

It's another Yoko Ono Acorn response. This time to Earth Piece III. Its written two days after a REaD Rhymes Live gig, engulfed with talents full of critical voices, who rehearse themselves into states of nervousness whilst my lesser ability gets gobby again.Acorn; Feet Firmly PlantedI take to the boards I take a stanceI stamp ...

Crippen and a not-so-hidden agenda

I know that I’ve banged on about this before, but the evidence is mounting with regard to this government following a not-so-hidden agenda with regard to disabled people. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but there are certainly patterns if you care to look, and not very hard at that. Disability Arts Online · Crippen and a ...

Kay Channon In Conversation with Miss Jacqui: Musician, Performance Poet and All-Round Freedom Fighter.

https://soundcloud.com/kay-channon/kay-channon-in-conversation-with-miss-jacqui-final The following interview was conducted on the 21st of March 2020, more or less at the start of the lockdown period caused by COVID-19. Due to several extreme medical vulnerabilities, I was not able to leave the house or have any contact with anyone. I am so glad that this interview happened. Miss Jacqui is ...

Visual artists Rachel Gadsden UK and Jeremy Hawkes Australia: Creating Deluge during Covid-19

About a year ago I received an email from Australia, from an artist who was applying for an Australian Council of the Arts Grant award, writing to enquire if I would be interested in being part of the grant vision. And with his tremendous award success - Jeremy Hawkes became such an important and significant part ...