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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.

 

Introduction to Face Front’s forum theatre project, giving young learning disabled people ideas about what to do after leaving school

Over the last four years Face Front Inclusive Theatre have worked in partnership with Vital Xposure, Blink Dance Theatre, Heart n Soul and Action Space to create a piece of interactive forum theatre called 'It's my move' for learning disabled young people. The show focuses on the transition from school to adult life. and has ...

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting: We invite you to participate

I’ve had chronic pain since 2007. Towards the end of my ‘lost’ years (the 7 years I spent ping-ponging from specialist to specialist and treatment to treatment, trying to get back to that body that didn’t hurt all the time) I asked my dad if we could have a frank conversation about pain. My chronic ...

Measuring Up! Week 6

Hello and welcome to the final Measuring Up blog! It’s been a hard slog, but finally we made it to Production Week. Although it has been intense, I have fully enjoyed the process and felt privileged to have a whole six weeks to develop our ideas. Being surrounded by such a lovely team of artists has felt more ...

Packing in Mental Health Day and London Cocktail Week and waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man with Julie Andrews

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, Julie Andrews helped me with my Tesco delivery and we got out of the house and went to see Alice Cooper and the Stranglers at O2. To celebrate London Cocktail week I had a cocktail with Julie at the O2 while watching Alice Cooper and the Stranglers. Julie Andrews ...

Declaration 17; Our Property No Longer Ours

The conservation battle we waged for a community building was lost when the council signed off a lease to an organisation from Hong Kong whose accounts are registered in the Cayman Islands. Their gain being our loss. Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads: 1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as ...

Looking Back

With the help of funding from Arts Council England I’ve been in Liverpool researching my families connections to this city and their long history as printmakers, which I only found out about long after I fell in love with printmaking. I guess you could say it’s in the genes. Kilburn printers was in three locations, Scotland ...

Measuring Up! Week 5

Hello and welcome to Week 5 of the Measuring Up project! It’s All Coming together! This week we moved from the rehearsal room into the studio. Jocelyn has completed the floor cloth and it was down and ready for me to explore. It is truly beautiful, based on a Mondrian design, there is a lot of monotone shapes ...

Declaration 15 – What is nationality?

I guess we are all looking into our identities nowadays deciding which labels we choose to wear. This was written for a local campaign i was supporting in darkest Hornsey at a time when a national question engaged us all. The strategy I adopt in the campaign is to focus on the Universal Declaration of ...

The first frost has fallen

The first frost has fallen, The leaves have turned golden, Days are becoming shorter, Squirrels are gathering their nuts, Winter clothes are back in the wardrobe, Hats and gloves are ready to be worn, Nights are becoming colder, Birds begin to fly south, Windy, wet weather seems to be constant, Wet leaves make a slippery ground, Hot chocolates become a favourite drink, For when the fire ...

Measuring Up! Week Four

Hello and welcome to Week 4 of the Measuring Up project. This week we have been rehearsing and focusing on the Sign Language. Rachel, our sign language interpreter, is an actor with BSL Level 2 and we always knew that she would need some support from professional interpreters to ensure the quality of access for Deaf ...