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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

This section of DAO 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.

The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

 

The Coat Hanger Man

There was this institution. Wasn't so bad as it happens. Though no one would choose to be there. There was an escape committee. Some of us imagined getting out more than we tried to get out. Me and the coat hanger man were two of those. Coat Hanger Man He wasn’t Gordon He wasn’t Tommy I confuse them with ...

Return to paradise: part 2

In the second of a three-part blog diarising their latest trip to the West Bank as part of the Unlimited-funded It Was Paradise project, Rachel Gadsden and Tim Hayton report back on the middle four days. Tuesday 13th March. Merna arrives first thing, we are grateful for her constant support as we finalise arrangements for our first ...

OutsiderXchanges

Barry Anthony Finan and Rosanne Robertson will present their work at European Outsider art Association Conference 2018 | Outside In at Pallant House Gallery We're really delighted to be presenting at the first European Outsider Art Association Conference in the UK, hosted by our friends Outside In at Pallant House Gallery in May. Outside In will host the European Outsider Art ...

Forward, the society bites Brigade!

I recently had a mental health crisis and now am medicated for a while, which pleases everyone around me but has left me lacking in creativity. Hopefully it won't be for long. So I have to hijack other people's work and tweak it to make it timely and resonant. This time I am doing it ...

Country Walks with Offa’s Press

Taking a stroll in the countryside may be the normal thing to do if you live near or in rural areas. For me, although I live near the Seven Corn Fields on the edge of Wolverhampton, it is still a struggle because of disability. Realistically to be able to enjoy the countryside you need to be ...

The Glorious Servant Spends an Hour at his Desk

It had been a glorious autumn morning. A low sun gave light to everything. I enjoyed my walk up to the factory gate. I would witness many things as the working day unfolded. The hooter sounded and I left to a gathering darkness, foreshadowed by the promise of redundancy. Memories are made of this. The Glorious ...

Return to paradise: part 1

In the first of a three-part blog diarising their latest trip to the West Bank as part of the Unlimited-funded It Was Paradise project, Rachel Gadsden and Tim Hayton report back on the first five days. Thursday 8th March We are here in Ramallah again, in the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We are staying ...

Waiting for the Next Flare

Tom Petty once sang, "The waiting is the hardest part". If only that was the case with autoimmune disorders. Although, there is something to be said about waiting for the next flare. The next eruption from a disease that inevitably lurks around the corner. Sometimes it seems like the waiting is the only constant. Autoimmune disorders ...

Hospitalisation

We booked late for our annual holiday in Southwold, in September, and so we missed our usual house above the beach. The new one wasn't bad, but it brought the rain and broke the spell that the town seemed to cast over our July breaks. Mother went home early, possibly because we had our new ...

Acorn: Pride

What is my pride, asks Yoko. The dictionary says; "a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of one's close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired". The old rag bible defines it as sin. The question takes me back to my second Daisy Fest appearance. Acorn; ...