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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.

 

Women Who Have Committed Suicide

The recent suicide of L’wren Scott appears to be overshadowed by headlines about Mick Jagger being her boyfriend e.g. ‘Mick Jagger says ‘’I will never forget her’’ and ‘Mick on stage in Australia when he hears the tragic news’.  Why would Ms Scott, a successful fashion designer with ‘A’ list clients take her own life?  ...

Life as a Side Effect

I wonder what would happen if every birth came with a side effect leaflet, would there be less births? Do we care about the pain of existence for some people? What happens if you have an overdose of people? Or an overdose of pain that no tablet can touch? I can only outline the side ...

Dream Job: Working with Matthew Hellett

Listen to this article: I regularly scan the internet for disabled and D/deaf films – and make lists for next time I'm lucky enough to be a programmer. In 2016, I was thrilled to come across Matthew Hellett's 'Mrs Sparkle'. It's unusual to find disabled LGBTQI+ films, especially ones with excitingly surreal narratives. Written and performed ...

100 Meters; A Brexit Breakfast with a Failed Prime Minister

Who remembers the day Theresa May was electioneering on the South Coast? She took a bag of chips from a reasonably reputable chippie and then found herself flummoxed when someone put a can of coke in her spare hand. It was like the Ed Milliband food disaster photo but the media and the satirists seemed to ...

Architecture Beyond Sight

The week's Course I went on the Architecture Beyond Sight course at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, with no expectations and I’ve gained far more than I could ever have imagined. The days spent at the institute of making and the British Library have given me a better understanding of materials, there uses and I ...

Initial; Tooth Luck

It's the week of the broken promise budget and we are being told austerity is over whilst schools are being thrown peanuts, the police get nowt and universal credit remains. Meanwhile a book asks me to write about the first tooth I lost and enquires about how much the tooth fairy left me. As if ...

‘Surroundings’ Blog 7

After considerable time recovering from all my hard work creating a 360° online artwork and 2 insulations/live performances, I am trying to complete the final part of my R&D ‘Surroundings’ project. And this is where you dear blog readers, enter centre stage. To further the progress of my 'Surroundings' project, I will need your responses to questions concerning the ...

What Did You Think I Was Going To Do?

On July 22nd with the help of some fellow disabled activists from DPAC, Mental Health Resistance Network and WinVisible, we performed a symbolic action – called ‘Broken Hearts for the DWP’ – to remember those who have not survived the cuts. Each person carried a large red heart with the name of a person who ...

Audience Feedback shapes the future of Defiant Journey

I loved every minute of performing my scratch performance of Defiant journey at Stratford Circus. That is until near the end when basking with my cello under the beautiful lighting by David Abra and Charles Mathews I started to think, I have to write another funding application if I ever want to do this again! But what ...

100 Meters – Today’s Indulgence

Aah!!! The nature of special school memories. Add your own lines below so I know it wasn't just me. Start the lines In the....... and say whatever you want to. 100 Meters – Today’s Indulgence Today’s indulgence Focuses again on me In forgetting all the other faces That met my fate together In the harshness of neon In the sheen of white ...