23 October 2012
What is Disability Arts Online?
Disability Arts Online is a repository of thousands of articles: blogs, news items, reviews, interviews, galleries and creative writing by artists and writers, writing on disability and the arts, which have been published since 2004.
Edited by disabled artist Colin Hambrook, DAO is a unique journal for discussion of arts and culture, giving disabled and deaf artists, performers, film-makers, writers, and critics a place to talk about and share artistic practice.
DAO welcomes mid-career or emerging artists and companies who work under the umbrella of disability arts, to share artistic development; discuss issues; and get encouragement and knowledge about the value of disability / deaf arts and culture.
As a resource for continuing professional development DAO is a networking tool and a reference point in supporting disabled artists in developing their careers.
DAO offers an opportunity to share life stories and to make connection with a wider community of disabled people engaged in arts and culture. DAO currently has a dedicated audience of 14,000 plus visitors who visit over 38,000 pages per month, within the journal. Our comment forums are jam-packed with juicy dialogue with our writers.
Whether it be in-depth analysis or personal experience, DAO comments on how the arts reflect on disability - and vice-versa.
DAO offers a creative, thought-provoking journal for showcasing, reviewing and giving a voice to what is a unique and contemporary art form.
DAO blogs cover the working practices, aspirations and opinions of disabled writers and artists. Our blogs invite discussion and comment on professional artistic practice, as well as a range of arts and culture-related themes. They cover representation of our communities within the media and mainstream culture from our unique perspective.
DAO also performs a role as a tool for students, with many links to bodies within Higher and Further Education. On an informal basis, DAO frequently provides information and advice to students who are either on disability studies courses or researching disability arts.
DAO is always looking to welcome more bloggers, writers and reviewers within our ranks. If you would like to take up the opportunity to write for DAO, or to have your work showcased within the site, please contact editor Colin Hambrook via email: firstname.lastname@example.org for guidelines.
You can follow dao on our Facebook Group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/disabilityartsonline/
or check us out on Twitter @disabilityarts
Who is DAO?
Trish Wheatley is DAO's Director and works three days per week. Working in the arts sector since 2005, she has developed a passion and specialism in working with and supporting disabled artists having started her career at Holton Lee curating and managing the Disability Arts programme. In 2009 she moved into freelance work and has a significant portfolio which includes: Shape, London, LinkUpArts in Salisbury, consultancy work for DAO, project development for many individual disabled artists and the creation of Freewheeling. Her other part-time work is currently as the Project Manager and co-producer for Freewheeling which is producing Sue Austin’s Unlimited commission, ‘Creating the Spectacle!’.
Colin Hambrook is DAO's editor. He is a disabled artist with a substantial background in media and publishing. He has worked in the field of disability arts for 15 years, having previously managed and edited DAIL (Disability Arts In London) Magazine from 1994 - 2000.
Since then he has worked for a variety of web and print based publications including NorDaf News, Channel 4 Programme Support and ArtsOnline. He has also been involved in various projects supporting and promoting the work of disabled artists, including Arts Council London's Innovate Programme and more recently Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery’s Rethinking Disability Representation Project.
Colin set DAO up initially in 2002 and has strived towards his vision for the site as a journal dedicated to work by deaf and disabled artists, which reflects on disability as a social and political construct.
DAO Board members
Caroline Cardus is a visual artist, speaker and writer who makes work about her own and other people’s experience of disability. Her work makes a point of focussing on the times we are currently living in by exploring significant aspects of disability history and culture. She has worked in the arts since 1999, launching her own career as an artist in 2002.
Caroline is committed to promoting Disability Art and is pleased to be a board member for dao as it transforms into an essential reference for historical and contemporary disability arts practice. You can see her work at www.carolinecardus.com
Marc Steene is Head of Learning at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and has been employed at the Gallery for eight years, initially as an Outreach Officer. In his role as Head of Learning Marc initiated ‘Outside In’ - a biennial open exhibition of art work by marginalised artists, which he manages alongside a steering group comprising of marginalised artists, private donors, Creative Response (a local arts organisation for people with mental health issues) and HMP Ford (a category D open prison in West Sussex)..
Outside In was set up in 2006 to offer opportunity to artists who are marginalised due to health, disability or because their work doesn’t fit a prescribed art norm. Outside In held its first open art exhibition for marginalised artists in 2007, with over 100 artists taking part submitting over 200 pieces of work.
Marc believe passionately in challenging barriers that I perceive in the art world and society. He sess his work as enabling peoples creativity and developing opportunity for everyone who wants to take part in the cultural life of this country.
You can find out more about Outside In at www.outsidein.org.uk
English, North West in place and spirit. Father, artist, sculptor, fiddler of bits, likes animals but not pets, likes people but from a distance.
Currently CEO of Shape – disabled and deaf people and the arts – based in London. Prior to this Tony spent ten years as Director of Holton Lee in Dorset, creating short-stay residential accommodation with exhibition spaces, gallery, and studios and NDACA (the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive).
Board and Access group involvement with Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, The National Archive and the Richard Attenborough Centre.
Previous incarnations with NACAB, Citizens Advice and RADAR, the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, an independent record retailer and graduate of Lancaster University.
- Lead Artist on the Art-Plus Art in Public Places Award with Zoe Partington-Sollinger and Dada South. This £50,000 award resulted in the creation of the sculpture, “Squarinthecircle? 2008, situated outside the school of architecture at Portsmouth University.
- Regional finalist in the Unipart Reflections of technology award for original sculpture - Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
- Commissioned by London Disability Arts Forum to perform "Shaken not stirred" a time-based installation of a pyramid constructed from 1,760 red charity collecting cans - then destroyed as part of the Block Telethon demonstration.
- Exhibitor "Unleashed", Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.
- Solo show "Great Britain from a Wheelchair" Diorama Gallery, London.
- Collaborator in partnership with Armley Resource Centre, Leeds "Buried Over Ground" project.
- December 1997, public sculpture commissioned by Manchester City Council, "Grey Mare Project"
Work featured in DAO, DAM, DAiL and Disability Now magazines, profiled in “From the Edge" programme for BBC TV, Director David Heavey and "Moving from within" video, Director Chris Ledger
You can see more of Tony's work at www.tonyheaton.co.uk
Dr Colin Cameron is a Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. He has been active in the disabled people’s movement since 1992 within organisations including the Northern Disability Arts Forum, Inclusion Scotland, Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living and Shaping Our Lives.
As well as writing sardonic short stories and poems, a number of which can be found on DAO pages, his more serious work includes book chapters and journal articles on Disability Arts and identity in, e.g., Emerging Issues and Insights in Disability Studies, The Community Development Journal, Popular Music, and Parallel Lines. His PhD thesis, ‘Does Anybody Like Bing Disabled?’, involved clarifying and developing the affirmation model, a non-tragic framework for making sense of the experience of living with impairment in a disabling society.
His book Disability Studies: A Student’s Guide, is published by Sage.
Michelle Kopczyk is Grants Programme Executive at the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and a practicing visual artist. She began working in arts and disability in 2005, when she was the Operations Director at Gallery Gachet, a collectively-run exhibition and studio space that provides programming to encourage dialogue on issues relating to mental health illness, trauma, or addiction. Later, based on her work with Gachet, she was invited to become a Trustee of Tangled Disability Arts, an organisation that develops and promotes the work of disabled artists. Also, at this time she was appointed Managing Director at FUSE Magazine, overseeing the publication of this arts, culture, and politics quarterly.
Her overarching interest in terms of supporting arts and disability, is redressing notions of ableism, and increasing the economic independence of artists.
Who writes for DAO?
Trish Wheatley, DAO's Director, occasionally gets the opportunity to step out of the administrative and managerial role to attend arts events so you will see some reviews, interviews and discussion pieces by her. She is also co-producer for 'Creating the Spectacle!' a Cultural Olympiad commission by Sue Austin. Trish is blogging about the development of this commission throughout 2012 at http://www.disabilityartsonline.org/Trish-Wheatley
DAO is edited by Colin Hambrook. He is a disabled artist, with a substantial background in media and publishing, who set the site up initially in 2002. He has striven towards a vision for the site as a place dedicated to work by deaf and disabled artists, which reflects on disability as a social and political construct. You can follow him on his editorial blog at http://www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk/colins_blog
Sophie Partridge trained as an actor with Graeae Theatre Co. and has performed in several of their productions as well as with the David Glass Ensemble, ZincArts and Theatre Workshop. Her script-work includes rehearsed readings and `Just Me, Bell’ was Sophie’s first commission, performed in schools as an interactive piece for young people in Autumn `09. In 2012, she co-facilitated Reasons To Be Cheerful out-reach workshops and performed in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony. This year she has been performing with Graeae in The Limbless Knight
Rosaleen McDonagh is a feminist playwright within the Irish Traveller community. Currently, two of her plays are in pre-production: Protégeé and Mainstream. She holds a BA, and two MPhils, from Trinity College, Dublin. She is currently working towards a PhD in Northumbria University, on Disabled Traveller Identity: The Affirmation Model.
John O'Donoghue is the author of Letter To Lord Rochester (Waterloo Press, 2004), The Beach Generation (Pighog Press 2007), Brunch Poems (Waterloo Press, 2009), and Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (John Murray, 2009). Sectioned was awarded Mind Book of the Year 2010. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Westminster and lives in Brighton.
Marian Cleary has written for Culture24, Pink Paper and a variety of B2B publications in her capacity as freelance journalist. As well as providing journalistic editorial support, she assists writers, academics and organisations through transcription, proof-reading and note-taking services in the preparation of articles, books and research papers through her company Sound Words.
Paul F Cockburn is an Edinburgh-based freelance journalist & copywriter who specialises in disability issues, arts & culture, and military resettlement. Formerly chief writer on Able magazine, his work continues to appear in the publication, as well as a growing range of national and specialist publications including Disability, PinkPaper.com and Scottish Review. You can find out more about him at www.paulfcockburn.com
Richard Downes has aspired to write since a very early age when he found out that his grandad stored his words to act as memoirs whilst he was away at special school. He says: "There was a time when I would share my work with friends but it became more and more a private thing. Community Magazines and organisational newsletters, where my outsource for a while. It felt useful to have something to say to others but nothing much happened. Then a chance to join DAO arrived by email and its been a source of preview, review, interview and blog since." His other blogs are www.detrich.wordpress.com and www.weallshotpudseybear.detrich.com
Susan Bennett has been writing reviews for DAO since 2009. She has a keen interest in Disability Arts and has worked alongside disabled people in her work as a performance management specialist, trainer and a facilitator to local authorities, charities and community groups. In March 2012 she had a cochlear implant and is now rediscovering the world of sound.
Tom Wentworth is a frequent contributor of reviews to DAO. He lives in Cardiff and enjoys seeing as much of the inclusive theatre he can. He has been a columnist for Able Magazine since 2009, also contributing features. His poetry has been published widely and he is a member of the Sherman Cymru Advanced Playwrighting Group, as well as currently developing projects with BBC Radio.
In the last two years DAO has been developing the blogging area of the journal to give space for disabled artists / writers to write about artistic development and processes. Producers from disability arts organisations also write for DAO to let our audience know about work they are engaged in or which is in development.
In fact we welcome anyone who is passionate about disability arts. If you would like to write about the arts for DAO - as a reviewer, commentator or blogger please email Colin via email@example.com
Consultancy and Partnership Publishing
People we're working with...
As well as filling Disability Arts Online with great content, we also help others in the arts to build their websites, and to learn how to write online.
Previous consultancy and partnership activities have included:
Shape Arts, London - general web development assistance and also content generation for their Animate project
Parliamentary Outreach - we made a three minute web film to sit within the new Rethink Parliament outreach initiative. This was a national, one-year project to work with individuals with experience of mental health in an art workshop setting. To see the film and to find out more about the programme go to www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk/rethink-parliament-dao
Other partnerships and consultancy activities are in the pipeline: we always welcome enquiries about working together. Please email Trish Wheatley, Director, Disability Arts Online at firstname.lastname@example.org
The DAO of Disability Arts:
DAO is a play on the word ‘Dao’ taken from Chinese philosophy meaning ‘The Way’. DAO is an online journal for disabled and deaf artists and all concerned with the Disability Arts evolution. Wherever ‘DAO’ is used, it refers to the entity ‘Disability Arts Online’.
• The opinions expressed in DAO, either within feature articles or the forum, are those of the writers and not of the editorial team, or of the journals’ host organisation, its funders or sponsors.
• DAO seeks to publish critical opinions from contributors to the journal, when backed up with evidence. However DAO will not publish any personal invective, which seeks to discredit or bring prejudice to targeted individuals.
• The editorial team aims to correct and publish all errors of fact and to publish apologies for these where appropriate.
• DAO accepts unsolicited press releases, reviews, features, creative writing and art work relevant to Disability Arts. However, acceptance of material does not guarantee publication.
• Copyright for any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio published in DAO remains with the journal, except where the creator of the work is named as owner of copyright for any material.
• DAO is committed to advancing the human rights of disabled people.
• DAO uses the term disabled people to include people with physical, sensory, emotional and cognitive impairments
• DAO opposes all discrimination on the grounds of disability, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, class, or religious belief.
• DAO works within the Social Model which regards disability as something imposed on top of our impairments by the way we are unnecessarily excluded and marginalized from society. For example this might be through lack of physical access or through prejudicial attitudes and discrimination.
• The project was funded and supported through its pilot phase by Arts Council England.
• DAO aims to publish art work and comment on the arts by disabled people, which is fresh, exciting, analytical, critical, controversial, stimulating and creative.
• DAO aims to commission work by disabled artists and Disability Arts, and Inclusive Arts organisations.
• DAO aims to profile projects and best practice within the Arts, particularly from arts organisations e.g. Disability Arts Forums and Agencies, which are led by disabled people.
• DAO aims to pay disabled artists for material commissioned for publication. Rates of payment for comment, reviews, features, are £50 per 500 words or £100 per article if agreed feature is over 1000 words. Payment is limited by budgetary constraints and is at the editors’ discretion. All fees paid are subject to UK tax laws. All contributors are liable for making their own tax arrangements.
• DAO aims to commission disabled artists to produce artworks specifically for the site.
• If you wish to retain copyright or licence over material commissioned for publication on DAO, when submitting material, please state your conditions or terms for use. In all other instances, on submission of any contribution, DAO reserves the right to use, modify, adapt, publish, distribute, and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to the contribution.
Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy Statement
DAO is firmly committed to equality and diversity.
DAO recognises that access to services is not equal and that discrimination occurs on grounds of race, disability, linguistic and cultural preferences, gender, sexuality, age, class and religious beliefs. DAO aims to develop, promote and deliver its services, information and employment opportunities without discrimination.
DAO has a commitment to:
• Develop services which promote access, equality and diversity in all its activities.
• Endeavour that site content genuinely reflects the population.
• Actively consult with different individuals and communities to ensure that activities or services are responsive and reflect diversity.
• Provide all contracted staff with the training and development they need to enable them to achieve organisational goals.
• Listen to its customers and involve them in the development of services that recognise and value diversity.
• Provide services relevant to people's needs, respecting cultural and social identities.
• Strive to have a representative workforce that can sensitively address the needs of all communities.
• Work with other organisations to promote disability and racial equality and eliminate disadvantage and harassment.
• Only accept an environment, which is free from disability discrimination, racial harassment and racist behaviour.
• Follow Government guidance on applying the relevant UK legislation.
• Strive to create an environment which recognises and respects religion and belief.
• Ensure gender mix throughout DAO’s activities and promote gender equality.
• Create an open environment where Lesbian, Gay, transgender and Bisexual people feel safe to be open about their sexuality and difference, should they choose to do so.
• Work to make its service accessible to everyone and provide the same level of service to all.
• Recognise responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, EU Directives and other legislation and will follow the relevant DRC Codes of Practice for employment, premises and services.
• Strive to provide services, which are relevant to the interests of disabled artists.
• Remove age-related criteria or references where not relevant or at the behest of the artist concerned.
• Continue to review and progress the organisation's Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy and Strategies so that they reflect the true diversity of society.