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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.

The ‘Paperman’ Film and the Lucca Biennale

I wanted to share about a film I feature in with my work that will soon be shown online as part of the Manchester International Film Festival 2021. It’s such a great opportunity for me, and you book to watch the film online through the link below. So first some background into this film… which all ...

Tesco Delivery Man, a Cold Liz and a Covid Word Search

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Crippen and the National Disability Strategy Survey – Part 2

Following on from my last Blog about the National Disability Strategy Survey (NDS), several disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have complained directly to Justin Tomlinson, the Minister for Disabled People. Disability Arts Online · UK Disability Strategy Survey Part 2 The complaint is not only about the lack of prior consultation and notification about the launch of the ...

Crippen and the National Disability Strategy Survey – Part 1

The launch of The UK Disability Strategy Survey has brought mixed reaction from fellow Crips and our groups and organisations (DPOs). Disability Arts Online · Disability Strategy Survey Part 1 It is so obviously created by those faceless bureaucrats who have no real understanding of disability and who hide away in the Cabinet office’s Disability Unit. ...

Crippen revisits the plight of learning disabled people still being held in secure units.

Thousands of learning disabled people and those with Autism in England are still being held in secure units, usually hundreds of miles from their families and facing increasing use of restraint and isolation. Disability Arts Online · Plight of disabled people in care Writing in The Guardian, journalist Saba Salman reports that parents who are fighting to ...

learn to love yr madnesses – album of sound-art from gobscure

weve written for dao before about mad sound, a logical response to an insane world. in our rants weve pointed out how 'canon' is the wrong shape - canon is the then foreign secretary (now prime minister) reciting rudyard kipling in a temple in myanmar while the world asks is this genocide yet? lets find ...

Acorn; Horizon

In response to Yoko Ono’s Earth Piece IVHorizonI sit looking blankly at the wallWaiting for a plan to formPages, papers, pens with nibsThe tools with which to disguiseIntentions. The scheme is called escape.Pages, papers full of wordsDesigned to empty pens of inkThe nibs remain to pick and scrapeAt masonry cementing bricks together.Bricks together that hold ...

Crippen discovers that the transport industry has had yet another exemption from access laws!

It’s got to the stage where when this government hacks off yet another piece of disability-related legislation, there’s not even a tokenistic acknowledgement, never mind any form of protest from opposition parties and those groups and organisations that claim to represent us. Disability Arts Online · Another exemption for access laws In fact, it takes a single ...

Propulsion for 2021

I’m looking forward to introducing my new project – Propulsion, Learning and Sharing. Funded by Arts Council, I’ll be looking at my own disabilities and working out what my access needs are moving forward, along with interviewing other disabled artists about how they manage their own access needs. I’ve seen some people on twitter talking about ...

Hello, I am James Lake – a disabled artist based in Exeter

Hi everyone, my name is James Lake. I thought I would do an introductory blog post to share a little about me as a disabled artist working from Exeter, England.  I am a sculptor and I work with cardboard. The things I make depend on the context: whether I am engaged in my artist practice; or ...