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.
May 8, 2017 - by Dolly Sen
A few years back, I wrote a poetry blog on DAO that asks awkward questions to a CCTV camera, that interrogates everything about the CCTV, its users, and the ideology behind it.
Here it is now in film form.
Enjoy! I promise I won't be watching you.
May 4, 2017 - by Richard Downes
Sitting among 20 odd old white folk
Concessioned on a Monday
To watch I Am Not Your Negro
Suggests their civil rights struggle
Became our entertainment
Their martyrs our heroes
As the celluloid image
Recites the lines we know
The songs we sing
The police dance of brutality
Moves choreographed with truncheons
And I feel a disconnect
As I think of Cameron
And motherfucking May
About to kick at
May 3, 2017 - by Richard Downes
90 people on the bus
And only one of us
Seems fair to me
Lets take them on
One by one
by one by one
85 and counting
This old lady
Next to me
84 and counting
Aye young fellah
give up your seat
you don’t need it
to get up this street
83 and counting
Hear young mother
Fold up your chair
That’s Doug Pauley
Do take care
April 29, 2017 - by Michelle Baharier
Depression a name
Given to your state of mind
A name used to describe you to others
A name for want of any other name
A time of non-existence
A frame without borders
Yet for me Art is the only Tool
April 28, 2017 - by Esther Fox
On a brilliantly sunny day in April it seemed somewhat ironic to be entering a darkened gallery space to explore A Certain Kind of Light. Although I was slightly resentful to be missing out on bathing in those precious rays, I was soon immersed in the current exhibition at The Towner Gallery and intrigued by
April 25, 2017 - by Richard Downes
Words from a photo were inspired by the responses of Deborah Caulfield, Miriam Binder, Rohhss Chapman and Tony Connell who all responded to my facebook request to look at a photo I'd taken of a touchstone entry at the Photographers Gallery. This project hosts one regularly changing photo in a small room. There is a
April 24, 2017 - by Dolly Sen
Looking for a bargain? Looking for a gift that just keeps giving?
I will stop at nothing to make sure your consumerism is satisfied. If you follow my blog, you know I have previously created art that doesn't exist. Go to http://disabilityartsonline.org.uk/dolly_sen_blog?filter_by_month_added=2011-11 or to http://www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk/dolly_sen_blog?item=1756 to see examples.
I want to create an empire that does not exist. I want to
April 21, 2017 - by Yvonne J Foster
It seems that I have been in a period of transition and reflection. My most recent exhibition Drawing Insight at Pallant House Gallery has finished.
Being part of a collaborative project with it's fair share of ups and downs, has left me with many questions. What do I do and why? is one that keeps appearing and it's a
April 18, 2017 - by Vince Laws
Dandifest 2017 celebrates the 50th anniversary of homosexuality becoming partially legalised in the UK. We'll explore diversity, make a stand against violence and pledge solidarity with the bees.
Our main hub is once again St Margaret's Church of Art on St Benedicts Street in the centre of Norwich. Between 24th April to 6th May 2017 you
April 18, 2017 - by Kuli Kohli
On Tuesday 11 April 2017, I performed on my own at City Voices event at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton. In the past I have had help and support via friends with reciting my poetry and stories as I didn't have enough confidence to read my work out because of my cerebral palsy.