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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.

Juice; Slap

For Yoko’s Body Sound Tape Piece. Yoko your body sounds are kinder than mine, more curious too, though I have some good ones. Here I revisit a one off incident (well, twice is more than enough really) before going back to the violence of special school and then saving a concern for all those regularly abused in ...

I blame Marcel…

Marcel Duchamp wanted to change the way we think about art, claiming to make work for the brain rather than mere pleasure for the eyes. Duchamp might only have sought to throw a spanner into the art establishment to shake up the whole concept of art, but I wish he had had the vision to anticipate ...

theatre that should blow your mind (british theatre guide)

review on british theatre guide website by Helen Brown yu can’t start revolutions sitting on yr arse - by gobscure bilingual - BSL and spoken-english War declared against homeless. We have heart. Unlike Drowning Street. Tears in rain. Well written, well observed, well directed, well performed. It’s written by gobscure, an Artistic Associate with Museum of Homelessness and Disability ...

Masked Tesco Delivery Man suggested I hold something phallic

Every year, my parents and my sister would go on our annual family holiday and stay in a caravan in Cromer, Norfolk. One year, the Gibbons family joined us for a day. The Gibbons had three children, two girls the same age as my sister and I, and a younger boy. It rained all day ...

eton mess – aka all yu need to know ever

it is full lockdown minus shielding letters (did yu get yrs - we didnt get ours either) but with students free to roam (no offence on students) plus prime-minister-whose-surname-is-yank-slang-for-penis-and-he-is-afterall-born-there got out the unbranded correction oh-so-white fluid (theres a blob round goves nose as we speak) and erased the word lockdown - just as he erased ...

The Landscapes of my Brain at neXus Exhibition 2020

Further adventures into the landscape of my brain... When the clutter in my head becomes so noisy that I can’t function, I reach for a black pen and I draw. Afterwards my brain begins to calm, leaving me able to think a little clearer. Rather than a single line, I use repetition, for example crosshatching and ...

Crippen hears about people with Autism experiencing undignified and inhuman care

Once again, it has fallen to the Disability News Service (DNS) to expose how disabled people are still being treated throughout mental health units in England. Disability Arts Online · People with autism experience inhuman treatment You’d be forgiven for thinking that we still lived in the middle ages when you read the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) ...

This panto bites

No one in my family is mentioning the C-word. As festive season creeps closer, those of you who remember pantomime will no doubt be wondering how on earth you will cope without it this year I have astonishingly good news. You won’t have to! 2020 is the year the whole nation is invited to join in. Every single ...

yu cant start revolutions sitting on yr arse

yu can't start revolutions sitting on yr arse bilingual film (BSL and english) written by gobscure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McpCrI7SjqI us on homelessness, love&rage

For What We Are About To Receive

I attended a class on Ritual once, listened to definitions, added lines of my own in order to make a prose piece. I have reviewed it. I have pointed out the errors. I have used it, used it again and used it afresh. This is for what you are about to receiveFor What You Are ...