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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.

 

James Henry Pullen: Inmate – Inventor – Genius

By Colin Hambrook Stepping into the Watts Gallery and Artists' Village in the village of Compton, near Guildford in Surrey is a step back in time where the democratic values of Victorian artists and crafts-people G F and Mary Watts hold sway today. At the core of the organisation's vision is the will to use inspiring and ...

Long Distance Running At My Desk

I am a disabled writer. There said it. It is, or was, a silent disability in that I can walk around and people assume I’m pretty much okay. I’m not and haven’t been for years. I have hip dysplasia and I was born with it. June is Hip Dysplasia Awareness Month so I’m blogging about ...

Acorn; 3 Spheres Of Verbiage

Following on from another of Yoko’s instructions written thus: ‘SOUND PIECE X: Fly out into space. Listen to the music earth is making. Fly out into space. (a) Listen to the music the planets are making. (b) Listen to the music the universes are making’, a poem begins I believe with a walk to the underground ...

‘A Very Queer Nazi Faust’ to launch the Norfolk Disability Pride & Independent Living Event 2018

A Very Queer Nazi Faust is an experimental participatory performance created by artist Vince Laws. It was cast via social media and performed at Norwich LGBT+ Pride in 2017 to great acclaim. With support from Unlimited, there will be participatory workshops during summer 2018, working towards performances from September 2018. Poet John Faust is suicidal. His ...

ArtStudio01 and our first studio visit to Barrington Farm, Walcott

By Jennifer Gilbert. ArtStudio01 was set up in 2015 by Learning Disabled artist Alison Picknell and Disabled Artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, working across Telford and Shropshire. They are now an artists collective of nine artists with a studio space within Participate CIC studios in Shrewsbury. The aim is that disabled, learning disabled and non-disabled artists can work ...

Section 136 – partners and places needed

I am hoping to realise the following project next year and need organisational partners and places to perform, so anyone interested, please email me at dollysen70@hotmail.com Section 136 is a combined arts project, full of live art, street-based interventions, humour, poetry, cuddly lambs and hugs, and getting into bed with madness. The police can use section ...

Poetic Review

Press View Lee Bul Crashing 30 May – 19 August 2018 Adapt to Survive; Notes from the Future Hayward Gallery From time to time I get an invite from the Hayward Gallery to attend Press Views. Donning my DAO identity I assume the right to be there confident that I can make something of it but Lee Bul confounds ...

213 Things About Me – echoes of a remembrance of a life

I went to see Richard Butchins play 213 Things About Me at the Battersea Arts Centre a month ago, now. An intensely personal piece of work for both the writer/ director and for the actress - the incredibly talented Rosa Hoskins - I knew this was going to be one of those pieces that stay ...

Bingo! Full Madhouse!

I decided to emulate mental health services in a game of Bingo, showing what kind of game psychiatry is and what kind of motivational messages the patients receive in order to get better. As you can see, I am cured by the end of the video, so I can no longer blog for Disability Arts ...

Signs: Disabled Person – Keep Clear

How many times have I seen these two signs next to each other; disabled person, keep clear? Does it reinforce one of societies messages? Is it supposed to? Is it carelessness? I don’t know. I wouldn’t like to say. Is it me? Am I reading things into things that are not things and are just ...