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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 Song of St Theresa

In spite of the year in politics it's been a good year for me. I've felt more balanced than I have for a long time. The photo I was going to use here had three cues in it. Art, Love and Toil. I've bought them more together than before. I've not struggled so hard to make ...

Signs: William Conroy. An Obituary

(Or, how the sign gained its initials) A long nose hangs phallus-like over a wall as do eight podgey fingers. Two eyes, a bald head sometimes awarded a single curl, somehow the character acquires a quizzical air. Probably wondering just why 'Kilroy was here'. On to another legend. Old Slowhand. Me and Bill spent hours decoding a ...

Seeing Through The Jar

Someone talks about a fear of ageing. Two elders swap notes on their joy at being older. The first he likes the compromises he feels he can live with. The second, probably myself, speaks more about decisiveness. The first thinks that decisiveness is a part of the compromising. He knows now the terms that he can ...

‘Help the Normals’ first assistance dog!

I was chuffed to see my 'Help the Normals' collecting can was the art used for the webpage profiling Shape Open's 2017 exhibition. My 'Help the Normals' art piece makes a mockery of the charity model of disability, by switching the position of the object of pity and the giver of pity.  Perhaps this is the ...

Art of Norwich ’46

Long time no blog. I needed a break from recording every intervention. I wanted to spend time doing art rather than writing about it. I’ve written a brand new draft of a poetry comic, A Very Queer Nazi Faust, and I’ve been oil painting and really enjoying it. I see the last blog I did was ...

Signs: Crip Seat Bust Up

Unusually for Signs, the words came before the image. Ensconced in a group, two fairly typical issues came up; the state of public transport and the inability (some would say) of one type of crip to get along with another. I keyed in to a real experience - being asked to get up from a crip ...

Support The Return of the Workhouse Cabaret

The Workhouse Cabaret is a major historic event in the history of the disability movement. Its where arts and culture first met with the politics of the social model. This defined what disability arts and culture is about. The event happens at 7.00pm on 3rd December, the international day of disabled people, at Chats Palace, Hackney. ...

Can comedy create a fairer world? Comedian Laurence Clark thinks so

"If you can get people to laugh with you, that is far more powerful than any training.” At the start of this year’s UK Disability History Month, I spoke to writer, actor and funny guy Laurence Clark about his latest show Independence, disability rights and ‘speaking proper’. Laurence came up with the title Independence back in January, although it bore no relation ...

The Legacy of the Blues

The Legacy of the Blues: The Art and Lives of twelve great bluesmen by Samuel Charters. I bought a copy of this book originally in a charity shop, back in the 1980s. From time to time I would read bits of it. However, I had drifted away from the blues, a music that I had grown ...