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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.

 

Declaration 10: Hear Me

Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, reads; Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him. Whilst all these declarations have been written for another campaign to do with ...

Communicating the Museum

Earlier in the year I spoke in Brussels at the 20th edition of Communicating the Museum, an international conference run by AGENDA. For this iteration of the conference, the theme was Participation. Delegates came from across the globe, with representatives from major institutions including the Met in New York, Louvre Paris, Louvre Abu Dhabi, the major ...

Declaration 9 – Exploring Exile

Maybe detention may have been a better focus here than exile. Exile raises questions of race and place. But can you not be exiled within your own country? Semantically maybe not. But what of institutionalised care, the house on the hill, the special school, the care home, nursing home, the psychiatric hospital. Separated, parted, away ...

The Extra Long Train – 04/08/18

I NEED TO PACK. Today I am leaving. TODAY. It takes six and a half hours to get to Edinburgh. First things first… print off the material for the show you finished last night! – can’t perform without a script!... well I could, but it wouldn’t be ideal - I worry about looking like an idiot ...

Rehearsal/OH NO!!! – It’s really happening!!! – 28/07/18

I should have been excited to meet everyone properly, but I had taken on too many articles and writing projects that week. Until the actual day of the rehearsal (today!)… I’d just being trying to empty my itinerary, like Mary Poppins’ itinerary bag. (She has a bag that can fit everything in… it’s quite magical… ...

Preparing Materials/ I NEED STUFF TO PERFORM! – 20/07/18

Let’s get one thing clear. I have LOTS of writing. I have material on how insects mate, I have material on feminism, I have quirky stories about falling in love with starfish, I have screenplays, poetry, speeches on Free the Nipple…. But… I had pretty much nothing that would be relevant for this show!!!   1. I ...

The Day Before the Train (procrastination day!) – 03/08/18

Shit. I’m going tomorrow, and I haven’t even edited the Laura monologue I’m reading (which I was supposed to do to make it more suitable for reading aloud!). I haven’t looked at any of the material since rehearsal. I’d gone into a state of denial; I wasn’t nervous about the show, because I’d almost forgotten I ...

It’s been a long journey…

Four and a half years to be precise. Back in 2014 I received a small project grant from Creative Case North to work on a collaborative project. I wanted to place a disabled artist with an organisation to be able to do a residency which was about their professional development - no agenda, no product, ...

Acorn: The Glorious Servant’s Dream End

This is the second time i’ve used Yoko Ono’s Sky Piece II. Well, the third actually. The first time was just for me. The second and this one; shared. Why? Sick of flicking through Instagram and Pinterest I finally bought the book. Today I’m gladdened that the glorious servant is standing down from his lonely ...

Target practice improves the aim of the one who fires

Ever felt under attack? The other day I woke up with the image of my traumatised child-self, and my bullied adult-self, as someone who's been used for target practice. Like all good ideas, it stuck. Then it expanded to fit other situations, circumstances and scenarios. Next thing I know I’m seeing human targets everywhere. Me, you, ...