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.
August 29, 2017 - by Richard Downes
There appears to be a trend I must keep in my mind about the lines that I’ve sourced over years sitting at a desk – the office poems. Discussions I’ve had with colleagues. Council meetings, visits to parliament. Lines found on the street next to the woman with the banner and quiet corners sitting on
August 22, 2017 - by Kaite O'Reilly
I have known performer/visual director Ramesh Meyyappan since 2004, when I saw his non-verbal physical theatre adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart at The SubStation in Singapore. Since then our paths have continually crossed – at DaDaFest in Liverpool in 2005 shortly after he relocated to the UK, at the Vienna Deaf
August 21, 2017 - by Richard Downes
I’m not familiar with my depressions. I tie them up with a bow and put them in a bag and heave them in a sack, on my back, and carry them with me, hidden. Numb to thought to feeling. But from time to time they grow stronger in the dark and leap out on me,
August 17, 2017 - by Gini
Cascading down through the gears just as fast as I could, I braked, eased the car off the track and swung open the door; hanging my head out into the breeze, I waited for my guts to erupt. I certainly didn't want to mess up the interior of the Ferrari.
I got exactly that same gut
August 16, 2017 - by Daphne
Hello to all my lovely Disability Arts Online readers!
Yes I’m back - for the second week running. And thank you to the three people who had the courage, in their moment of desperation, to reach out to me. I hope my advice has helped and please, please do keep on writing!
As always I’m here to
August 15, 2017 - by Colin Hambrook
I’ve been in Sydney, Australia a few weeks now working with Gaele Sobott of Outlandish Arts on Fools’ Gold - a pilot series of poetry workshops, performances and critical dialogues on art, mental health and well-being. The climax of the program was a performance in Art Gallery New South Wales - in the midst of
August 14, 2017 - by Gini
Asked to draw myself using only triangles, circles and lines, I'm apt to take things very literally. It sounds a geometric exercise. I go for the triangular head and some smaller triangular spikes for hair, before our workshop leader mischievously explains that the lines can be wiggly ones.
I'm geometrically committed, but loosen up enough to
August 14, 2017 - by Richard Downes
A while ago (2010) I saw this sign. Disabled Access via Snuff Street. Having a somewhat twisted sense of humour I found the juxtaposition amusing. Though of cause there is a connection with politics, eugenics, and the Not Dead Yet campaign. Humour contains truths regardless of whether the truth is funny.
Anyway, I wanted to celebrate
August 10, 2017 - by Lisa Davies
I haven’t written a Disability Arts Online blog in a small age, (almost a year), a re-occurring bout of cellulitis and the demands of actually writing a thesis have made this so. I felt a blog was in order, because in terms of the time allotted, I am reaching the halfway point of my thesis,
August 7, 2017 - by James Rose
Since my last post on Disability Arts Online (DAO) last October, things have progressed far beyond anything I could have imagined. Since you’re reading this, you might have already noticed the publicity surrounding Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s (the BSO) Change Makers project and that I am now training there to develop my conducting. This is the