16 October 2012
For a disabled artists' view of disability and deaf arts culture
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Image: Aaron Williamson
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.
Rachel Gadsden in Qatar
18 March 2013
As part of the Qatar-UK Year of Culture, the British Council are presenting an arts and disability festival featuring work from the Unlimited season, a major element within the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The programme of live performance, visual arts and film includes an exhibition and workshops by disabled visual artist Rachel Gadsden. Tim Hayton blogs about the trip.
Blog: Liz Crow
2 March 2013
I’m an artist-activist working in performance, film, sound and text, and founder of Roaring Girl Productions (www.roaring-girl.com). Drawn to the power of creative work to trigger change, projects range from confrontational and provocative to much gentler inquiry. My blogging will be on current projects and the questions they raise in the doing.
19 February 2013
My name's Bonk and I love to write, when my brain hurts and gets too tight! I am bi-polar please don't be scared… don't run… just listen, as I get prepared. Open your eyes… I hope you enjoy my thoughts. And so I'll begin with a poem or some daily reports.
7 November 2012
I am currently in my 3rd and final year on a fine art degree and my project I am starting on is exploring the masks we wear in everyday life. I have BPD and wish to use the blog to record my thought processes and progress in making my final film piece.
7 November 2012
My blog follows the process of working on The Electric Cello Diary, a project which uses music to symbolize experiences in my everyday life. It started in March 2012, when I had a huge 3 day reaction to a particularly harsh event. Eventually I realized that as a person with Borderline Personality Disorder
Gini: 'Creatives in Con.Text'
17 October 2012
Commissioned as part of DAO's Diverse Perspectives programme, based at Salisbury Arts Centre, and juxtaposing the motivations of creatives and their audiences, Creatives in Con.Text is grown from conversations around access in it's very broadest sense. Con.Text pieces evolve through performance conversations to present research and evaluation as textual art.
15 October 2012
Katherine Araniello is a live performance and video artist. She'll mostly be blogging about her work which focuses on experience of disability and will present new works with visuals/ film. She invites you into her exclusive world and promises to unashamedly deliver badly! If you enjoy watching paint dry – you'll enjoy her blog.
Nina Muehlemann's blog
9 October 2012
Nina Muehlemann is doing a PhD in English Literature on ‘positive’ representation of disability in mainstream culture and Disability Culture. In her blog, she writes about her research, about disability in the media and in art and the gap between mainstream and Disability Culture.
Grace Eyre Blog
6 September 2012
Funded by Awards 4 All, DAO is building an online profile of writing by members of the Grace Eyre Foundation about their activities, interests and aspirations.
The Art House
8 February 2012
Elinor Unwin, Project Manager for Artists in Wakefield blogs about language with some thoughts on how words, spoken or written, can create unintentional barriers for the individual.
Deborah Caulfield's blog
20 January 2012
I’m not an artist; I create in words and pictures. New Voices is a fantastic opportunity! I’m looking forward to overcoming my blank-page fear, finding out why I draw and, if all goes well, writing interesting articles about the events, exhibitions and other people’s artworks I’ll be covering.
19 January 2012
Nicole Fordham Hodges is a poet, and thrilled to be one of DAO's New Voices. In her blog, she would like to untangle her artistic process as if it were knotted string. She'd like to nudge her poetry out into the open, if it will come. She'd like to test the truth of her own and other people's work, by tapping them against each-other. She'd love to know who you are, and hear your comments on what she's written.
17 January 2012
Rich Downes is a Disability Equality and Advocacy Trainer, a practicing Advocate for a Disabled People's Organisation, an Activist and Photographer. He says: "I once wrote for life now I write in life. I'm looking forward to developing a blog presence with personality for DAO whilst delivering comment, reviews, photos and views on disability and how it's represented."
22 September 2011
Kaite O'Reilly is an award-winning playwright and a recipient of two Cultural Olympiad Commissions. She blogs about writing and the process of writing with a focus on four forthcoming productions, which revolve around disability issues.
Trish Wheatley's blog
13 July 2011
As well as being the director of DAO, Trish is also the project manager and co-producer for Freewheeling, the organisation producing Sue Austin's Unlimited commission 'Creating the Spectacle!' Here she blogs about her experiences of this ambitious, underwater wheelchair project.
8 March 2011
Artist and wordsmith, Gini's work engages with issues of access - from acknowledged physical needs to perceived symbolic exclusions. After being selected as one of DAO's New Voices in 2011, Gini's online presence has become an integral part of her arts practice
Gary Thomas' blog
26 July 2010
Artist and Filmmaker Gary Thomas looks at the relationship between art and film, why it's sometimes uncomfortable, and how he deals with his own 'strands', (including disability), both personally and professionally. He'll also be writing about his own work as well as developing other projects, including films about the Olympics.
Joe McConnell's blog
12 July 2010
Joe is a disabled Irish writer and emerging-better-late-than-never visual artist living in the UK since the 1970s. While increasingly alienated and terrified by the toxic la-di-da of the capitalist mainstream, he finds that being reborn as an artist makes life worth living again. Joe has also been blogging on the Creative Case for Diversity.
Melissa Mostyn's blog
10 June 2010
Melissa Mostyn-Thomas is a writer, journalist, visual arts practitioner and first-time deaf mother. She is embarking on a journey as a film-maker and scriptwriter inspired by her baby daughter Isobel. She blogs about her new adventure.
Vince Laws Blog
4 June 2010
Vince Laws is a poet, artist, performer, campaigner. He writes poetry, performs poetry and make visual poetry: paintings, collage, posters, film, installations and recordings: “As an artist, I define what art is. As a poet, I define what a poem is. If my art can be anything from a painting to a concept, so can my poetry. I am a poem.”
Tanya Raabe's Blog
27 January 2010
Visual Artist Tanya Raabe makes work around the theme of body image. Her blog concentrates on 'Revealing Culture: HeadOn' - an artwork and piece of research exploring identity, disability culture, in contemporary portraiture and the nude.
Joe Kelly's Blog
14 March 2009
Joe Kelly is former Director of Footsteps Arts, in Ealing, West London. He is a writer and campaigner around mental health issues.
Penny Pepper's Blog
5 November 2008
Penny Pepper has been a writer and activist within the disability arts movement for 20 years or more. Her blog covers her latest spoken word performance amongst a variety of issues around what it means to be a disabled writer.
Cirque Nova Blog
15 October 2008
Jean-Marie Akkermann gives an account of Cirque Nova's circus skills training programme for disabled people
Dolly Sen's Blog
4 June 2008
Dolly Sen is a writer, director, artist, filmmaker, poet, performer, playwright, mental health consultant, music-maker and public speaker. She has published eight books since 2002; has taken on performance roles at The Young Vic, the Royal Festival Hall,
23 January 2008
Crippen ... probably now the best Disabled cartoonist in the world ... and you'll find him here on DAO
Oska Bright On The Road
11 January 2008
Oska Bright On The Road has been taking films by and for learning disabled people around the world since early 2008. The Oska Bright steering group have been sharing their travels with DAO
Colin Hambrook has been editing Disability Arts Online in one form or another since 2002. Increasingly he has been posting some of his own artistic output... as well as commenting on the work DAO is engaged with...