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Exhibiting logically

17 April 2015

Blog Katya Robin

hexagon shape newspaper collage with texts: ''ALL YOU NEED

Now uploaded my report on the Hexopolis show at  Pages, which was held at The Tetley, Leeds,  at my site, Katya Robin Studio.  It includes some  of my thoughts behind the unusual dislay methods.   The Tetley has very good wheelchair access in my experience, and although Gallery 1 isn't huge,  I was keen for people with mobility difficulties to be able to get in and look around. Included in the exhibition were a selection of my research papers. These were...

Moths will always dance round a flame....

14 April 2015

Blog Wendy Tongue

Moths around a candle flame

Candle Styx So it goes moths gather round a flame So the mollycoddled will get theirs fanned So sure are the popular of their fame So sure their bullshit will go untamed So sure the covert stirrer will not be exposed So assured worshipful oohs and ahhs Now you know the tricks That duped your younger self Gullibility and ignorance helped you on To places where you survived But one day woke to realise You were just a joke, accessorising their egos Exorcist of their remorse When the real needy are...

Blog 3 Post Easter

14 April 2015

Blog Alan Hopwood

Alan Hopwood

With the Easter break over, it is the last week of my exhibition at the Landscape Gallery ( still available to view on my website www.alanhopwood.com ) and this has been a period of thinking rather than working. Seeing work together in a show, helps you to understand a collective direction, and it was rather apparent that my work has been moving towards a more abstract language. Driven, I think by an interest in the aesthetics of peeling paint and decay, a desire to be more creative and...

Giving up mental health and arts to start up a religion?

14 April 2015

Blog Dolly Sen

The Washtowel

I have reached my mental health work burnout, and I am fast reaching my artistic work burnout. 

Maybe it is time for a completely new direction? A new religion - one that can't promise to save your soul, but will look after your hair.

So who wants to be a jojoba witness? And give out shampoo samples on the street? Here is our mag to distribute too - The Washtowel. 

News: The Stay Up Late campaign re-launches

13 April 2015


News: The Stay Up Late campaign re-launches

Stay Up Late is a charity promoting full and active social lives for people with learning disabilities. They are delighted to announce that they’ve been successful in receiving funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to develop the work they started with the launch of the Stay Up Late campaign back in 2006.

Review: Q S Lam: Schizophrenics Can Be Good Mothers Too

17 April 2015


Published by Muswell Hill Press, 'Schizophrenics Can Be Good Mothers Too'  takes the reader on the artist Q S Lam's journey through the labyrinthine passages of psychosis describing her strategies and struggles to recover from the impact of the illness on everyday life, drawing on her personal experience, using art, not medication, to keep well. Review by Colin Hambrook

Review: Shape: Shortlist 7 Exhibition

27 March 2015


Shape’s Shortlist 7 exhibition shows work by the 2014 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary winner Carmen Papalia, currently in residency at the Victoria & Albert Museum, plus the other shortlisted artists: Laila Cassim, Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings and Peter Matthews. Review by Colin Hambrook

Review: Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age at FACT, Liverpool

27 March 2015


Originating from FACT’s extensive work within mental health and wellbeing, Group Therapy explores the complex relationship between technology, society, and mental health. Jade French responds to the brilliant lens the exhibition holds up to some of the darker aspects of living with mental health issues.

Interview: Liz Crow on Figures

5 April 2015


‘I am putting myself through this, because this really matters’ Artist/activist Liz Crow talks to Trish Wheatley about her current project Figures, the mass-sculptural performance that makes visible the human cost of austerity and urges action against it.



Opinion: Assisted Suicide in the Theatre: Kill Me Now!

26 March 2015


Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, London have recently had a five week run of Kill Me Now - a black comedy by Canadian playwright Brad Fraser with director Braham Murray; and starring Greg Wise as Jake, a long-suffering father and Oliver Gomm as Joey, a young man living with cerebral palsy. In response Colin Hambrook asks whether the debate about assisted suicide is part of a much darker expression of the desire for power over other’s lives and...

Opinion: Trish Wheatley on Critiquing Learning Disability Performance

24 March 2015


On Monday 23rd March 2015 Mind the Gap hosted a conference about international learning disability performance. Trish Wheatley was asked to speak on the panel about critiquing learning disability performance – the ‘Quality’ debate. The extended version is published here. 

Opinion: Dao Writers on Literature

24 March 2015


Dao is building a collection of essays about representation of disbaility within literature. To start the ball rolling Dr Emmeline Burdett discusses the relationship between a disabled man and non-disabled woman in Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman.

Please do suggest books that you'd like to see reviewed here by emailing Colin Hambrook via editor[at]disabilityartsonline.org.uk


SenseAbility presentation: Ten Years of Dao: a potted history

17 June 2014


Dao Editor Colin Hambrook was invited to speak about Disability Arts Online at SenseAbility – an event held at the Pound Arts Centre, Corsham from 10-14 June. The festival, exploring inclusion in the arts and community, was organized by Tanvir Bush in partnership with Bath Spa University. This feature contains a transcript of his presentation

Debjani Chatterjee: A Miscellany

13 January 2015


Award-winning poet-translator, Debjani Chatterjee MBE, shares a few poems from her collections, including her latest book 'Do You Hear the Storm Sing?' (Core Publications, winter 2014). She has been called 'a rainbow spirit' (Paul Beasley) and 'a voice of rare originality' (David Morley).