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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.

Gory Tory / 8 May 2015

Mine eyes have the seen goriness Of the coming of the Tories Life now won't be so glorious It'll be just bloody tedious The government promotes shareholders and selfishness and greediness Thatcher's troops go marching on! C'mon everybody - chorus: Gory Tories will deceive us Gory Tories will deceive us Gory Tories will deceive us Thatcher's troops are marching on! Edit this blog...

UK Welfare-Related Deaths: The Black Triangle List / 30 April 2015

The following text taken from the Black Triangle List was found and edited by poet, artist and campaigner Vince Laws in collaboration with film maker, digital artist, and campaigner Andrew Day. Made for Dandifest! Norwich launch 27/5/15 with Arts Council England funding from the National Lottery, and donations. Hello John I'm a poet, artist, and campaigner in Norfolk. I want to list ...

Exploring the fabric of life

At a time when the ethics of genetic screening is at the forefront of public consciousness I feel compelled to explore the role in which I, as a disabled artist, could engage with and inform this discussion from an alternative perspective. I believe the arts are fundamental in elucidating our understanding of identity, health and potential ...

‘Taking the Michelangelo’: A memoir of recovery and healing by Karim Harvey / 10 February 2015

Karim Harvey is a member of Hackney based mental health charity Core Arts. He is also a fine poet. This is his first book, put together with help from Core. Here he takes us on his life journey. Born to black parents who he never knew, he was adopted by a white family. He grew up ...