Guest Editorships

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Disability Arts Online’s Guest Editorships are a key element of its talent development programme. Guest Editors are commissioned twice a year to take over all of the editorial output on Disability Arts Online’s magazine (not including artist blogs), for a month-long period. guest Editors receive a fee, commissioning budget and support and mentoring from the Editorial team at Disability Arts Online.

The aim of the Guest Editorships is to develop new editorial voices in the sector and bring fresh perspectives, new audiences and different approaches to Disability Arts Online. It is intended to challenge the organisation, challenge Disability Arts Online’s audiences and become a platform for experimentation, diversity and intersectionality. The Guest Editorship programme is an established twice-annual feature and the next advertisement for candidates will appear in Summer 2020.

“Working as guest editor for Disability Arts Online was a career highlight for me – I had always wanted the opportunity to edit professionally and the supportive, nurturing environment of DAO was the perfect way for me to experience this role. Having the autonomy to commission writers, to draw out important current themes and to influence the shape of the website was exciting, intellectually nourishing and has given me both inspiration and real-world experience for future aspirations of editing an arts publication.”
– Kate Lovell

“Being guest editor of Disability Arts Online is like kidnapping a bunch of amazing artists on a psychedelic bus and letting beautiful art and writing be its destination. It helped me understand editing, disability arts, and collaboration at a much deeper level, and encouraged me to develop my voice and confidence.”
– Dolly Sen

“I’ve never had this level of role or responsibility. People asking me for support meant I realised I had the skills to be able to provide it. [I’ve gained] friends, confidence, pride, new perspectives, allies, belief in myself, connections with people to learn from. It feels like a beginning. And something incredible to put on my CV.”
– Lisette Auton

“Personally, the past seven years have been a time of coming to terms with and articulating my hidden disabilities and their impact on my arts practice. I am now approaching the editorship from a place of being able to navigate my needs and experiences more visibly both within and outside of arts organisations. As a woman of colour what is continually at stake, is the intersectional entanglement of systematic discrimination. I am endlessly motivated and inspired by how practitioners can undo, resist, find rest and connection. I hope to gather a sense of all this and more within my editorial content.”
– Alexandrina Hemsley

“I’m beyond ecstatic to bring you four whole weeks of LGBTQI+ art. Through more than twenty years of community learning, I’ve developed an artistic practice rooted in experimentation, queer feminist collaboration, and social/radical models of disability… My film and writing practices revel in ‘disabled looks’ and ‘disabled sound’. I’m deeply committed to integrated access, and to solidarity across disabled communities. I’m thrilled that all commissioned articles will have audio as well as text versions, recorded by the artists themselves.”
– Sandra Alland

Collected articles from Kate Lovell’s Guest Editorship

Collected articles from Dolly Sen’s Guest Editorship

Collected articles from Lisette Auton’s Guest Editorship

Collected articles from Alexandrina Hemsley’s Guest Editorship

Collected articles from Sandra Alland’s Guest Editorship