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.
November 2, 2019 - by Richard Downes
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
October 31, 2019 - by Step Change Studios
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
October 31, 2019 - by Liz Bentley
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
October 28, 2019 - by Raquel Meseguer
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
October 28, 2019 - by Kuli Kohli
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
October 28, 2019 - by Richard Downes
The latest read Piece for Orchestra by the indomitable Yoko seeks music from windows and stars. Strangely the instruction invokes a memory of heavy drug use. Please tell me what you think about the pic or poem below.
He opens the windows
Plays Oye Como Va
To any passing stranger
A balcony beckons
Deep electric blue
October 26, 2019 - by Dolly Sen
The majority of the filming of Bedlamb has been done. BEDLAMB is my film project on conversations on mental health on a bed covered in cuddly toy lambs, funded by Future’s Venture. The title ‘Bedlamb’ is a nod to ‘Bedlam’, the nickname for the original Bethlem Psychiatric Hospital. The conversations were located into two very
October 25, 2019 - by Letty McHugh
I finished glazing my tea set last Thursday. It’s weird to think now, but when I applied for the Emergence bursary I didn’t include any money for ceramics in the budget. I was just asking for money to work on Seaworthy Vessel, I was only interested in working in print and origami. I had a
October 24, 2019 - by Colin Hambrook
What a great launch night from Oska Bright. The festival has stepped up a notch yet again with production values, cinematography and its overall diversity and feel. The originality of the stories being told and the general quirkiness of what's on offer is the real appeal of Oska Bright.
It seems that as Oska Bright is
October 21, 2019 - by Richard Downes
So the book said remember the first mothers day gift. Where did it lead for you?
Initial; A Mother’s Day Present
An African Violet
Deepest, dark blue petals
Brightened by specks
Of yellow stamen
The cracked pot
It lived in
The stony ground
It moved to
Of a changed relationship
30th November 2018