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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.

I am Seaworthy

You’ve probably heard by now that our event at Tate Exchange on the 21st of March has been postponed. I can’t pretend to be anything other than gutted about it. I also can’t pretend that it’s not 100% the right decision. I take medication that modifies the way my immune system functions to help manage ...

Covid 19 – You Twat!

Isn't it strange times, one we are sharing with the whole world. It is also a worrying time for several reasons. I worry for my elderly mum who has COPD, asthma and high blood pressure. She also lives in London. I worry for my fellow disabled artists, many of whom have underlying conditions. I try ...

Crippen looks at ‘temporary’ suspension of private company benefit assessments

After seven years of paying private companies millions of pounds to assess disabled benefit claimants the DWP have finally bowed to pressure and are bringing the process back under state control - or are they?! Over 70% of claimants who had their benefits stopped by the private firms Maximus, Atos and Capita where able to ...

Crippen shows how you can have your say about the DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing yet another investigation into Universal Credit. It comes as a storm around one of its most contentious aspects grows. After disbanding the select committees that kept an eye on the various departments working within government, the Work and Pension Select Committee has now been reinstated. This is ...

Two Venture Arts artists talk about being part of Manchester Open Exhibition

Dominic Bennett: Hi, my name is Dominic and welcome to the HOME Open Exhibition. You’ll see a lot of art, but my favourite artwork is ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ by me – but don’t worry I’m not here to scare you! I love art, I come to Venture Arts – its place where you can make great ...

Crippen brings more evidence concerning the link between suicide and loss of benefits

Responding to a survey after the National Audit Office found that at least 69 suicides could be linked to problems with benefit claims over the last six years, Dr Chris Allen a Consultant clinical psychologist with the Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, writes: “Current explanations of suicide suggest that a sense of not belonging and feeling a ...

Dementia

You may have dementia, But don’t let it define who you really are, You are still my nanma, You’ve always been my shining star.   You may have dementia, But you are independent and strong, You often enjoy a sing song, And planting poinsettia’s.   You may have dementia, But you’re always smiling, Telling tales from the past, And having a laugh.   You may have dementia, You’ve always been helpful, You ...

Acorn; The Fire Goes Out and Then it Burns Again

Yoko’s first earth piece asks you to think about the fire at the centre of the earth. This is my fire. Where is your fire? What does it bring you? Acorn; The Fire Goes Out and Then it Burns Again Raking over ashes To find the odd ember Pecking spitefully At fallen splinter groups You think back To the time The fire was lit The ...

Venture Arts Steering Group members give their highlights from Manchester Open at HOME

Introduction from Amber… The Manchester Open is an exhibition at HOME, an arts centre in Manchester that has a theatre, cinema, restaurant and gallery. People applied by themselves or through organisations to be part of the exhibition; it is full of art by people from different cultural backgrounds and different parts of Manchester. It runs from ...

Crippen focuses on the DWP with money to burn

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is fighting a High Court case, based on a judgement from 2019 over Universal Credit. And it’s doing so despite losing two previous rulings about the same case. The solicitor acting on behalf of the disabled people involved said the DWP should just “admit defeat”. But a minister just ...