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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.

My life through the Hare. (DADA-South)

4 November 2012

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Ardent Hare Logo

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”  sometime attrributed to Dr. Seuss, and sometimes to Gabriel García Márquez in Spanish: "No llores porque ya se terminó... sonríe, porque sucedió."   I received an email last month from Ardent Hare saying that they were closing. You can read the original release here.  So Ardent Hare, or DADA-South as they were known, is no more. When I linked to the newsletter on my...

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My 2011

2 January 2012

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Screen image of iCal Calendar for April 2011

  Happy New Year! I thought I’d start this year by recapping last year. Why do I think last year was so good when I had a family bereavement in January & I was assaulted by 2 'youths' in August? I think, at least for the past year, I've been feeling pretty well, and simply didn't want to let things get in the way of what I was doing -  possibly because I had such a terrible 2010. The other reasons are work & funding.  I've done more this year than I ever have,...

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Pulling it all together

3 April 2011

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Go Team Gary! I didn't write that, a friend put it at the end of an email and it does seem rather apt at the moment. You see, things are moving way faster than I could have imagined, and that's what needs to happen right now because time is indeed of the essence. How did this happen? I hear you cry. Even if you didn't I'll tell you anyway. I asked a friend I've known for a relatively short time (Christine Wilkinson) if she would write an application to ACE for R&D...

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PR Sweetie!

25 March 2011

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Photo of Gary Thomas wearing jeans and a light blue jumper

Everyone needs PR even if we're not sure what we're doing or how to do it. If you're an artist its crucial to get your success' out there and let people know about it. Here is a 'Press release' that I sent to a few people and am putting it here to tell even more people about my journey in the Arts. Gary Thomas has been selected for UPSTREAM, a major showcase of deaf & disabled artists in the South East. Work will be show as part of the Brighton Festival, 24th - 26th May 2011. A development...

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Embracing 'Interference'

14 March 2011

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stilll from Friends TV show

I've recently subscribed to Chris Brogan's blog posts email, which contains useful information and suggestions on what to write about. The recent email is all about confidence, and suggests writing a post on where I'm headed, so here it is. Er.... Who knows? Really, I mean I think about where I'm heading a lot, and as much as I like having plans, things conspire to interfere. Now, sometimes what happens when 'things' interfere with plans is WAY more interesting than the original plan. And...

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Gary Thomas asks AM I ready to move on?

28 February 2011

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Angelina Jolie winning Oscar in 2000

This may sound silly, but I've ummed a lot over the past month about how personal my blog posts should be, as potentially EVERYONE I know could read them (I'm tempted to say here 'they won't', but I'm not going too). The past month has been difficult because my step dad died on 23 January, and I've been wondering how and whether I should write about it. I've decided that I'm going to, as it all fits in with the whole notion of things being difficult, things going slowly, things not going right,...

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Gary Thomas on what we can learn from 'everyone else'

13 February 2011

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A cartoon image of a red carpet leading up stairs

I've been talking to a couple of people recently about ambitions. Okay, mainly my ambitions, but certainly ambitions. You see, I want to aim quite high, so at a recent arts meeting in London (more to be revealed eventually!) I stated in a sort of unsure voice in a room full of disabled artists - “I want to be mainstream”. And then, after a pause: “I want to be nominated for the Turner Prize.” Yep. That's what I said. And now I've written it down. Shit me. Silly isn't it?...

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IT GETS BETTER... EVENTUALLY

5 December 2010

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Still From Early One Summer, 2006

Originally written on 5th October 2010. I'm in a hotel in Buckingham as I write this and there is very little 3G signal. A couple of days ago I felt like shit. Truly awful, and I think I'm experiencing for the first time in my life (having had severe depression since I was 14) the 'black dog' that so many have spoken of. All entirely ironic, considering I am thinking about a piece of film for the 'It Gets Better Campaign.' I'm thinking about it having not seen many...

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Gary Thomas on frustration, risk & money.

20 August 2010

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image of a tree with money attached to it

I am an intellectual. No, I'm not just saying that to show off or anything, I did an online quiz at www.oprah.comĀ and it told me so. It also said my need for helping others was my lowest score, (no surprise there) and creativity was up there in the highest marks (12 points) but my thirst for knowledge was paramount (14 points). I wonder if this is why I'm feeling frustrated at the moment, which I really am right now. I would like to use this frustration to take risks that would mean I can get...

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