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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.

Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre – a round up

Unlimited 2016 has given DAO more of a focus on looking to pitch pieces we write and commission to be published on other platforms, rather than, or as well as on DAO. Our intention is to get word of the Unlimited programme out to as wide a mainstream audience as possible, to push the boundaries ...

Fan moment: Kaite O’Reilly’s book launch at the Unlimited festival

Playwright Kaite O’Reilly published a collection of some of her plays with Oberon Books earlier this year, entitled ‘Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors’ (read a great review here). The five pieces featured in the book are all dealing with disability and/or illness, and two of them, In Water I’m Weightless and Cosy, were supported by ...

Heart n Soul rock the Southbank Centre (literally) with their Beautiful Octopus Club

It has a been a busy Unlimited buzzing with excitement and packed with some excellent art, some good art, wide-ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime and back again. Baluji Shrivastrav summed it up: “This is Unlimited and anything goes!” Friday evening felt like a different festival - a different universe away from the largely intellectual-based and ...

Unlimited Festival at Southbank, 2016… a Pixie’s Perspective!

Ah Unlimited; that biannual time of mixed emotions. I was in `reflective mode' as I arrived Tuesday afternoon, having been at Liberty (Things Ain't What They Used to be) on Saturday and performed pop-up theatre outside the gates of Downing Street on Monday, as part of the week of Action for Rights Not Games. Reflective ...

Words on Water

On 20 August 2016, I was invited to attend a writing workshop ‘Words on Water’ on the Llangollen Canal at Lyneal Warf in Shropshire. The event was lead by novelist and poet Jeff Phelps, and organised by Simon Fletcher who’s working on Literature Tent at Merefest 2016 in partnership with volunteers from the Friends of ...

Signs: Distance

There: From a Devon Beach A Hampshire memory Full of joy and laughter As we conga From a hall Around and over A traffic Island To a Robert Haywood Office painted Turgid Blue Where we form A Line, A Barricade, Preventing access Denying aides egress Uplifting hearts With chanting We’re DAN You’re trapped Get out around the back We’re DAN You’re trapped Get out around the back But now a hint of sadness Blackens my Frivolous mood Because here Today 20 years on ...

Don’t worry… Breathe… Draw.

It's Unlimited time again. Another chance for disabled artists to get their stuff out there to wider audiences. Or, in many cases I suspect, the best if not the only opportunity to be able to afford to do their work at all. Not that I know anything about it. My art is too wispy for me to ...

Mad Dogs and Me: Part Two

16th Street, Kansas City the late summer heat was hitting 95 degrees. I walked a mile or so down from Fred Whiteread’s house, down past all the Stars and Stripes waving at me and then a line of Croatian flags, giving  me flashbacks of the time in Croatia as a war poet in early ’93. Finally ...

Viewfinder, DAO’s ongoing video project, commissions Martin O’Brien to work with SPILL Festival

Martin O’Brien’s Viewfinder commission has delved into the SPILL archives and emerged as a set of conversations and accompanying playlist that are sure to spark further debate and enquiry. Disability Arts Online’s Viewfinder project is all about enabling people to find views on the world through artists videos in order to instigate meaningful conversations. The Illness ...

Radical Craft exhibition review By Sarah Watson

What are we talking about? We were at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and we went to see the Radical Craft exhibition, which I thought was “alternative art”. Artists used different materials and the artists came from different parts of the world including Denmark, Japan and Germany and of course the UK. What did it look like? The building ...