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Christopher Leith: 3 Stages for Lazarus

28 July 2015

Christopher Leith is a master puppeteer. Recently diagnosed with MND, his new show ‘3 Stages for Lazarus’ combines live puppetry, acting and music to explore issues of life and death. Currently a work-in-progress the play is being developed with a 10-15 minute film to be be completed by the end of August with performances at the Suspense Festival in London in November 2015.

Katya Robin

Katya Robin

13 December 2014

Katya Robin observes the language of public spaces, our ambivalence with these structures. Her cross-media works reflect common sayings and assumed knowledge. Research-based practice reveals abstruse historical and culture associations. Her research and participatory art project, Hexopolis, observes urban geometry, linking this with social access. Angry and articulate about access. 

Unlimited 2014

1 March 2014

The 2014 round of the UNLIMITED programme supports 26 disabled artists and companies across the UK to create ambitious work covering all genres. Dao is pleased to announce that we are the official media partner for the exciting Unlimited programme led by Shape and ArtsAdmin. As well as populating Dao with reviews and interviews with the Unlimited artists and producer, we've published this blog, which contains reflections from our writers on aspects of the Unlimited Festival at the Southbank Centre 2-7 September 2014.

Richard Longstaff: Beyond Watford

Richard Longstaff: Beyond Watford

16 February 2014

I have largely kept my poetry to myself because of disabilities, but live in hope of finding a publisher that is disabled friendly. Nature offers me a escape from the pressures of this 'normal world' in which we live. I find comfort in the beauty of simple things all around. I also use my disability to find things that inspire me. I find the autistic mind sees things that others miss.

Liz Porter: Learning to See

Liz Porter: Learning to See

21 January 2014

Liz Porter has been awarded ACE G4A funding to research and develop ‘Learning to See’. Over the next 6 months Liz will work with a great creative team to explore a myriad of ways to bring the story of her life to ‘life’ through sound, music, film visual arts and creative access.

Lynn Weddle and Anya Ustaszewski: Living Portraits

Lynn Weddle and Anya Ustaszewski: Living Portraits

29 November 2013

Living Portrait expands the dimensions, shape and context of portraiture through the collaborative ventures of photographer Lynn Weddle and sound artist Anya Ustaszewski. This  gentle subversive, exploration will arrive at five beguiling living breathtaking portraits of young carers embedded with the subtlest of sounds. To be premiered at Brighton Media Centre Gallery as part of Brighton Photo Fringe at the Media Centre Gallery from 14th to 19th October 2014.

Frank Bangay

22 July 2013

Known as the Bard of Hackney, Frank Bangay has been performing poetry and song for over 40 years on the London poetry scene. He writes about his two passions: music and gardening for various publications including The Big Untidy.

Tim Jeeves: How to Fall in Love

Tim Jeeves: How to Fall in Love

21 July 2013

An hour-long love affair, a pretend date, and a walking performance through the streets of Liverpool, 'How to Fall in Love' has been developed by artist Tim Jeeves and members of the learning disability theatre company RAWD. Follow the company's blog as they talk about the rehearsals...

Rachel Gadsden in Qatar

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.

Liz Crow's 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.

Bonk's blog

Bonk's blog

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 followed by some daily reports.

Sarah Hirst

Sarah Hirst

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.

Jo-anne Cox

Jo-anne Cox

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

Simon Raven: Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

Simon Raven: Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

22 October 2012

The annual bursary, set up by Shape in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds supports disabled artists working in visual art. The bursary, one of the most significant commissioning opportunities for disabled artists in the UK, offers an opportunity to engage in a three month residency at a high profile gallery. This year Simon Raven who makes concept-led performances, films and installations is at the Camden Arts Centre, London.

Gini: 'Creatives in Con.Text'

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.

Nina Muehlemann's blog

Nina Muehlemann

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.

Peter Street

Peter Street

21 September 2012

Peter Street's blog covers a variety of publications by the author - the latest being a memoir of his days as a gravedigger in the 1960s. The blog also follows the launch of his fifth poetry volume 'Listening to the Dark', which was published by Penniless Press in August 2012.

Unlimited @ Southbank Centre

23 August 2012

The Unlimited Festival blog engages with artists, producers and audience at one of the biggest exposures of Disability Arts ever to happen in London. Coinciding with the Paralympic games, the festival runs from 30 August – 9 September, 2012

Aaron Williamson: 'The Eavesdropper'

Aaron Williamson: 'The Eavesdropper'

6 August 2012

As one of DAO's Diverse Perspectives commissions, we've asked Aaron Williamson to blog about his residency at the impressive and popular Walker Art Gallery as part of the Liverpool Biennial and DaDaFest 2012. His blog covers his work-in-progress 'The Eavesdropper' over the 12 week residency.

The O'Crypes blog

The O'Crypes blog

9 July 2012

As one of DAO's Diverse Perspectives commissions, we've asked John O'Donoghue and Crippen to produce The O’Crypes - a cartoon blog about a family based in the fictional seaside town of Westsea - who are more than a little bemused by the Cultural Olympiad

Cathedra 900

Cathedra 900

1 May 2012

Multimedia artist Mark Ware blogs about Cathedra 900, a cultural olympiad event to be staged at Exeter Cathedral from Summer 2012 to Spring 2013.

The Art House

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.

Gabby Ferro

Gabby Ferro

4 February 2012

I am a 22 year old student at Kingston University, studying an MA in Film Studies. My blog is about my interaction with film (my passion) and theatre events. Occasionally I will discuss music and trips I make to concerts, galleries and museums.

Nicole Fordham-Hodges

Nicole Fordham-Hodges

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.

Sam Jacobs

1 September 2011

Sam Jacobs is an award winning Scenographer/ Choreographer/ Director/ Writer and Consultant with over 50 years experience. At 65, after becoming physically disabled, he retrained as a Choreographer. He is also Artistic Director of Found Reality Dance Theatre Company - an integrated, disabled and non-disabled performance company which specializes in training for performance by making performance. www.foundrealitytheatre.co.uk

Monika Akila-Richards

Monika Akila-Richards

15 July 2011

I am Monika, call me Mon and I have various names, like most of us have complex identities of which some are visible, declared or stay hidden. I am honoured to be part of New Voices. I will give you my opinion on a series of arts events and very much welcome your replies...

John O'Donoghue

John O'Donoghue

15 July 2011

I am John O'Donoghue, author, poet, and journalist. I want to write about Outsider Art, drawing on the aesthetics of Art Brut and applying these in particular to poetry. I've long been interested in these two areas and am grateful to DAO for giving me the time and space to investigate 'Poesie Brut'.

Bernadette Cremin

Bernadette Cremin

15 July 2011

I am a published poet and performer. I am using DAO to blog about development of my work - in particular my one-woman show Altered Egos which was performed in the 2010 Brighton Fringe Festival.

Charles Devus

Charles Devus

15 July 2011

I am writing about my the development of my graphic novel Justin Sane and my experience as an artist with Creative Future; as well as the ongoing saga of Berlin where I may or may not have an exhibition in 2012.

Ann Young

Ann Young

23 May 2011

I am a disabled writer. I have been part of the Disability Arts scene for over two decades. My work tries to explore our ordinary lives and relationships with realism and often, humour.

Ems Coombes

Ems Coombes

23 March 2011

Ems Coombes is the founder and project manager of Strictly Collaborative - an inclusive theatre company, based in Plymouth. Her blog documents her journey as an emerging disabled artist; includes interviews with a series of artist/ performers; and sets about inventing a treasure hunt for those key inspirational moments in a disabled artists' life.

Alyse Garner's blog

Alyse Garner

22 March 2011

Alyse Garner has been reviewing film for nearly 5 years. Her blog aims to encourage debate and raise interesting questions about images of disability, adding a new dimension to the development of disability arts image analysis.

Lung Ha's Blog

Lung Ha's Blog

15 March 2011

Lung Ha’s Theatre Company are taking Around The World in 80 Days to theatres in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Actor Stephan Tait blogs about his role as Phileas Fogg

The Philosophical Ramblers Club

The Philosophical Ramblers Club

21 January 2011

Neal Pearce is a writer, poet, artist, Mouth of Open Doors/Universal locksmith/Cosmic Emissary, prophet (self-proclaimed!)... and obviously slightly mad too!

Ju Gosling's blog

Ju Gosling

18 January 2011

Ju Gosling aka ju90 is an artist who works mainly with digital lens-based media, as well as performance, text and sound. Ju situates her work largely within the theories and traditions of the international Disability Arts movement, and has gained an international reputation. In this Blog ju90 will focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People as it relates to art, culture and sport.

Simon Cooper blog

Simon Cooper

27 December 2010

Colour is the secret key to my work. I am an abstract artist and I break up images. I specialise in traditional and digital printmaking including painting. I am working on my latest image about my deafness.

Aidan Moesby' blog

Aidan Moesby

11 December 2010

As a socially engaged Text Based Artist and Writer I am interested in the schisms and conflicts that exist between the personal and cultural agendas. I am fascinated by the way in which we both create and try to make sense of the worlds which we live in. I am interested in the experience of attempting to mediate diverse worlds, attempting to maintain an arts practice and navigate through the increasing complexities of the everyday.

Accentuate blog


27 October 2010

Accentuate is the 2012 Legacy Programme for the South East. Accentuate consists of 15 ambitious projects which represent the arts, film, tourism, business, sport and heritage. The aim is to promote the talent of deaf and disabled people in whatever area they work in. This blog is from Our View - a group of talented deaf and disabled people who act as an internal steering group as well as have direct relationships with the individual projects. Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity whose mission is to support a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities, which celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has also invested significant financial support in Accentuate, as have the regional cultural agencies.

Candoco Dance blog

19 October 2010

Candoco Dance Company are a leading company of disabled and non disabled dancers who will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary next year. They are currently touring with their triple bill titled Renditions with works choreographed by Sarah Michelson, Emanuel Gat and Wendy Houstoun. Follow what the company and the dancers are up to with their weekly blog.

Wendy McGowan's blog

Wendy McGowan

2 October 2010

Wendy McGowan is currently doing a journalism course in Brighton. Her blog reports on the Fabrica Photographic Biennal exhibition of vernacular photography, selected by Martin Parr, on show at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton until 30 November 2010

Anne Teahan: Sharing Cultures: Disability and Visibility

Anne Teahan: Sharing Cultures: Disability and Visibility

25 August 2010

‘Sharing Cultures: Disability and Visibility’ is a project by Anne Teahan, researching disability arts in reference to an exhibition inspired by participation in VSA's 'Revealing Culture' - an international disability arts exhibition of 55 artists, which was on show at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington from 8 June - 29 August 2010. Her blog is a reflection on each day of a week spent in Washington and is the starting point for the research.



13 August 2010

Rockinpaddy (John Kelly) introduces himself to DAO readers. A musician, facilitator and vocalist who will be singing in Graeae’s latest production Reasons To Be Cheerful.

In Touch with Art

In Touch with Art

10 August 2010

In Touch with Art is Europe’s leading conference about museums, heritage and people with vision impairment. This blog discusses the perspectives on equal access to museums for people with vision impairment.

Gary Thomas' blog

Gary Thomas

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.

Jon Adams' blog

Jon Adams

23 July 2010

Jon Adams fine art practice draws upon a wide range of materials and processes which include photography, video, sound recording and digital sound and visual manipulation, 3D installations, traditional sculpture and illustration. Jon is a Research Fellow in Disability Arts within the Faculty of CCi at the University of Portsmouth. His work includes themes of hidden disability and positive dyslexia and Aspergers awareness combined with a subversive or geological context.

Caroline Cardus' blog

Caroline Cardus

15 July 2010

Visual Artist Caroline Cardus believes the hoops disabled people have to jump through in life are often inexplicable, unintentionally comical, or possess a weird logic only the person themselves is privy to. Caroline blogs about experiences in life that make her want to make Disability Art, and discusses the collaborative projects she is currently involved in.

Joe McConnell's blog

Joe McConnell

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

Melissa Mostyn

10 June 2010

Melissa Mostyn is a writer, blogger, arts practitioner and mum-of-two. 'My grand passion is freedom of creative expression and it is this that drives my diverse love of the arts and media, taking in visual art, theatre, film, journalism, books and TV.' She often explores themes of communication, disability/deafness and human relationships in her work. 

Pádraig Naughton's blog

Pádraig Naughton

4 June 2010

Pádraig Naughton, Director of Arts & Disability Ireland, is attending the VSA International Festival and Conference in Washington DC. Over the coming week or so, Pádraig will reflect on ADI's involvement in the Festival as well as share his impressions of a week that will see over 2,000 people from 54 countries gather to experience performances, exhibitions, screenings and debates across the city.

Fittings Multimedia Arts

Fittings Multimedia

2 April 2010

Raspberry is a musical inspired by the life and times of legendary disabled performer, Ian Dury. Written by award-winning playwright Garry Robson of Fittings Multimedia Arts, the play is showing at Oval House Theatre, London - 1 February to 19 February. Audio Described & BSL performance: Friday 18th February (See DAO listings for details)

Aaron Williamson's Blog

Aaron Williamson

8 February 2010

Aaron Williamson is the recipient of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary for 2010. He began a residency at Spike Island, Bristol on 3 February 2010. His blog covers his work-in-progress over the 12 week residency.

Tanya Raabe's Blog

Tanya Raabe

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

Joe Kelly

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.

Benedict Phillips Blog

Benedict Phillips

27 February 2009

Artist Benedict Phillips is blogging about his creative life using video

Rachel Gadsden's Blog

Rachel Gadsden

3 February 2009

Rachel blogs some reflections on her participation in the Sync 20 leadership programme.

Penny Pepper's Blog

Penny Pepper

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

Cirque Nova Blog

15 October 2008

Jean-Marie Akkermann gives an account of Cirque Nova's circus skills training programme for disabled people

Signdance Collective International

Signdance Collective International

26 March 2008

Signdance Collective International are an international dance, music, theatre company based at Bucks New University in South East England. David Bower and Isolte Avila blog the companies travels to festivals worldwide.

Paul Darke's Blog

17 January 2008

Paul Darke is an internationally respected academic, writer and cultural critic who has written and created extensively around the issue of identity and culture. As a conceptual artist he works across art forms, bringing new insights and exciting concepts

Oska Bright On The Road

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