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    Review: Thompson Hall: 'Home Away from Home'

    3 May 2016

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    Thompson Hall was commissioned by Outside In and HOUSE to produce a new solo exhibition, Home Away from Home for the HOUSE Festival in Brighton. The exhibition runs from 30 April – 29 May at the Regency Town House. Review by Colin Hambrook.

    Review: Daily Life Ltd and Bobby Baker 'Letting in the Light'

    3 March 2016

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    An intimate, glowing haven of wild colour and intricate detail illuminates Stratford High Street, London with a series of large light boxes featuring images of paintings, drawings, digital and mixed media work. – Kate Lovell visits 'Letting in the Light'

    Review: Shape Open 2016

    12 February 2016

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    This year Shape present their fourth Open Exhibition with what promises to be the largest attendance yet, undoubtedly helped by the fact it is held in Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects studio, just off the thriving gallery scene of Vyner Street in Hackney. Review by Colin Hambrook.

    Review: Reframing the Myth: Graeae and Central Illustration Agency

    11 February 2016

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    Celebrating 35 years of Graeae Theatre, prominent figures from its history were paired with artists and illustrators from the Central Illustration Agency to create 40 new artworks. Kate Lovell visited the exhibition at the Guardian’s offices in London, wishing that it had shouted louder and been bolder.

    Interview: A clear sense of direction – Elinor Rowlands

    5 February 2016

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    “When we feel inadequate, it’s because we’re not being heard” – Elinor Rowlands talks to Kate Lovell about ‘coming out’ as a disabled artist in the latest of DAO’s Viewfinder peer-to-peer interviews.

    Review: Mental Spaghetti: The Mind Machine

    28 January 2016

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    Mental Spaghetti is an Outsider Art organisation whose name fits the aesthetic of their exhibition The Mind Machine, which took place at the Menier Gallery, London from the 18th – 23rd January. Review by Colin Hambrook.

    Review: #SummitPortrayed: Tanya Raabe-Webber

    25 January 2016

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    Tanya Raabe-Webber's new exhibition at Glasgow’s Project Ability is so much more than just some sketches of the participants at a recent conference, as Paul F Cockburn discovers.

    Review: Shape Gallery: Ilham Exhibition

    15 November 2015

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    Ilham (inspiration) was originally exhibited at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar, as part of the Definitely Able conference that explored issues of disability and equal access to arts and culture in the Middle East. A sample of work by the four UK based artists from that show is on exhibition at Shape Gallery in Stratford until 30th November. Review by Colin Hambrook

    Review: Picture Taking: Exploring Myself Through Photography

    2 November 2015

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    Hackney Museum plays host to Picture Taking: Exploring Myself Through Photography, an exhibition featuring the work of pupils from a local SEN school. Reviewer, Richard Downes finds the show raises difficult questions about representation. 

    News: The 'wavelength project' investigates the brain's responses to sound and light

    21 October 2015

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    The wavelength project is an ongoing exploration into the effects of artificial and natural sound and light on the brain with wide implications across arts and science. Produced and led by artist Mark Ware in partnership with the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and Kent Wildlife Trust the ongoing project aims to deliver a number of Arts Council England supported artistic outcomes.

    Review: FACT, Liverpool: Lesions in the Landscape

    21 September 2015

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    'Lesions in the Landscape' asks ‘How does our individual and collective memories influence our understanding of society?’ Susan Bennett reports on an exciting art/ science collaboration on show at FACT, Liverpool, which parallels the effects of amnesia on one woman and the evacuation of the inhabitants of St Kilda in the North Atlantic in 1930.

    Gallery: Emma Stephenson

    5 September 2015

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    Emma Stephenson is a London based artist/illustrator working mainly on reportage projects and themes. Her latest project is about her perspective on the world from her wheelchair.

    Interview: flip Artists: The View From Here

    29 August 2015

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    A recent exhibition in Edinburgh’s Gayfield Creative Spaces presented work by nine disabled artists who have recently completed a nine-month programme of mentoring and support from several high profile arts organisations in Scotland. Paul F Cockburn spoke with Robert Softly Gale, director of flip: Disability Equality in the Arts, who coordinated the programme.  

    Review: DoesLiverpool: DesktopProsthetics workshop and exhibition at FACT

    25 August 2015

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    DoESLiverpool are developing an iteration of the Enabling the Future project within the 'Build Your Own: Tools For Sharing' Exhibition at FACT in Liverpool until 31 August 2015 with the Crafts Council and in association with Norfolk Museums Service and Norwich Hackspace. Review by Susan Bennett

    Gemma Nash

    28 July 2015

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    Gemma is a Manchester based multimedia artist and digital storyteller. She has a particular interest in sound and photography, with her work exploring themes of community, social engagement, disability and inclusivity. She has composed soundscapes for festivals, films and theatre and exhibited at Z Arts Brewery Arts centre, BBQ Arts & World Museum.

    Unlimited

    27 July 2015

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    Dao is delighted to be a media partner for UNLIMITED bringing you the latest news and insights on this exciting programme led by Shape and ArtsAdmin. UNLIMITED aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK cultural sector, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. Dao will feature the 9 main Unlimited commissions for 2015 plus numerous research and development projects. In addition Unlimited Impact, is creating projects to develop resources,...

    Review: All is calm, all is chaos, in Mark Wood's world

    13 July 2015

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    Mark Wood, who died tragically in 2013 at the age of 44, was a prolific creative who worked in photography, painting, cartoon, poetry, short story and music composition. Deborah Caulfield reviews ‘Spirit of Nature’ an exhibition of his work on show at Oxford Town Hall until 22 July.

     

    News: The Shape Arts Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB) 2015

    6 July 2015

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    The Shape Arts Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB), set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds to support mid-career disabled artists, is open for submissions until 27 July. This year’s successful recipient will be awarded £5,000 and a three-month residency at The New Art Gallery Walsall in January 2016.

    Aaron Williamson: Demonstrating the World

    8 June 2015

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    Demonstrating the World is an absurdly elaborate live reinterpretation of mundane YouTube ‘how-to’ videos. Williamson’s performance is aimed somewhere between a travelling sales pitch and a crash-landed alien. The performance is a public intervention for city centres and offsite programmes, presented from a mobile performance space. The blog for DAO will chart the artistic process of the Demonstratingteam and give accounts of the subsequent encounters and...

    Review: Daily Life Ltd: Expert View Symposium... let them eat cake

    11 May 2015

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    Led by Dr. Bobby Baker and the team at Daily Life Ltd, The Expert View Symposium promised to be an entertaining, inspiring and fun day of discussion, debate and performance, relevant to anyone with an interest in understanding the relationship between the Arts and Mental Health. Colin Hambrook was there, amongst other things, for the butterscotch cake.

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

    17 April 2015

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    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

    Esther Fox: Distinctive Not Alien

    7 April 2015

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    My practice is concerned with the fabric of life, the DNA of our personal and cultural experiences. I am a processed based artist who uses a range of media to explore issues relating to genetic screening and future representations of self. 'Distinctive Not Alien' is a research and development project funded by Arts Council intending to explore how socially engaged arts practice can create opportunities for public debate about genetic...

    Interview: Liz Crow on Figures

    5 April 2015

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    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.

     

     

    Review: Shape: Shortlist 7 Exhibition

    27 March 2015

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    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

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    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.

    Alice Holland

    12 March 2015

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    Alice Holland is a trainee producer, shadowing Trish Wheatley for a year to learn the professional and practical skillset required of Arts Management and Producing for Disability Arts. She has previously been an award-winning, international showgirl and singing pornographer and continues an illustrious career as an uppity feminist and programmer and curator for various venues and festivals. 

    News: Tanya Raabe-Webber takes up residence at Project Ability

    4 March 2015

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    Acclaimed artist Tanya Raabe-Webber has been awarded a Grants for The Arts, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, to be an artist in residence with visual arts organisation Project Ability, Glasgow as part of their International Summit for learning disability artists and their supported studios, 23 Feb - 25 March 2015.

    Alan Hopwood

    9 February 2015

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    Alan Hopwood initially trained as an engineer, before gaining a BA Hons Degree and a Masters in fine art. Following 12 years as a lecturer in Fine Art, Alan has returned to his primary passion of painting. As a disabled person, Alan’s work is often both governed and informed by his condition. Working as his mobility allows, on small or large pieces or using digital media and photography, Alan finds that, despite his limitations, he can nearly always find some creative activity...

    Review: Tate Britain Audio-Described Tour: Femme Fatale

    29 January 2015

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    The Tate Britain run an ongoing series of free BSL-interpreted and Audio-described tours of work in their collections. Dao sent Stephen Portlock to review an audio-described talk on Monday 19th January by Auntie Maureen, exploring artworks in the collection in terms of the archetype of the 'Femme Fatale'. 

    Interview: Gary Thomas: on being an artist

    21 January 2015

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    Gary Thomas is a writer, director and artist with 11 short films and 4 screenplays to his name. He’s been blogging on Dao on and off since 2010. His film installation ‘The Dog & The Palace’ won an Inspire Mark from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He shares his successes and aspirations with Dao

    Review: James Leadbitter: 'Madlove'

    16 January 2015

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    It's a Wednesday night at Liverpool's FACT and Jade French is sat in its cadbury purple cinema space for a talk titled 'Madlove'. This new and innovative project asks, if we could design our own asylum – then what would it look like?

    Review: The Ugly Girl: A Musical Tragedy in Burlesque by Terry Galloway

    10 January 2015

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    This no-holds barred musical examines what it means to be the typical Ugly Girl adrift in a comically hostile universe through slapstick, music and dark humour. Starring Julie McNamara and Liz Carr, The Ugly Girl is reviewed by Roger Cliffe-Thompson as 'a classic of it's genre'.

    Opinion: DaDaFest International 2014: The Big Debate

    31 December 2014

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    A highlight of the DaDaFest Congress was the Big Debate. Trish Wheatley responds to the question of recognising how much influence non-disabled people should have in working within the Disability Arts sector

    News: flip announce launch of support for nine Disabled Artists in Scotland

    18 December 2014

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    A new initiative to support the next generation of disabled artists in Scotland is being launched by flip - disability equality in the arts  - and other National Arts organisations offering 9 opportunities for disabled artists across Scotland to develop their artistic practice or career through an individualised programme of mentoring and support.

    Katya Robin

    13 December 2014

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    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. 

    Interview: Tony Heaton on the next tranche of Unlimited applications

    11 December 2014

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    Colin Hambrook talks to Tony Heaton, CEO of Shape who are lead partners with Artsadmin for the Unlimited programme, with a focus on the kinds of work that Unlimited might attract in the second round of applications, with a deadline set for 2 February 2015. 

    Review: DaDaFest International 2014: Ship of Fools

    5 December 2014

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    Colin Hambrook responds to 'Ship of Fools', the vacuum cleaner’s self-initiated Anti-Section action, residency and mental creative space documented as a video diary on show in 'Art of the Lived Experiment' at the core of DaDaFest 2014

    Review: DaDaFest International 2014: Unsung Hero: Liverpool's Most Radical Son

    28 November 2014

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    Edward Rushton, poet, activist and scouser has been forgotten and left in the margins of our history... until now.  As part of this years’ festival, DaDaFest have partnered with The International Slavery Museum, The Museum of Liverpool and the Victoria Gallery and Museum to celebrate the life of this fascinating figure through a series of displays featuring at each site. Review by Jade French

    Review: DaDaFest International 2014: The Life and Impact of Edward Rushton

    24 November 2014

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    Unsung - Liverpool's Most Radical Son is an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool celebrating the bicentennial of the life of Edward Rushton  (1756 – 1814). DaDaFest marked the beginning of Disability History Month with a day of talks in the museum about the life and impact of the City's most implacable anti-slavery abolitionist, human rights activist and pioneer for disability rights. Review by Cate...

    News: Unlimited opens the second round of submissions

    7 November 2014

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    Unlimited, the initiative which supports disabled artists to create and present exceptional work across the artforms, announces the opening of the second round of submissions for commission funds. Disabled artists and companies who are creating new disability-led work are invited to apply.

    Opinion: Now+Then: 3 Decades of HIV in Merseyside: a participant’s perspective

    5 November 2014

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    Now+Then is a documentary film that uncovers Merseyside’s journey with HIV from the 1980s to the present day through people’s own stories. Created specifically for the Sahir House exhibition, showing at the Museum of Liverpool Life until 8 February 2015 the film is the culmination of two years work archiving the history of HIV on Merseyside. One of the participants, Cate Jacobs writes about her experience of working with Danny Kilbride, creative director of Thinking...

    DaDaFest International 2014: Art of the Lived Experiment, curated by Aaron Williamson

    29 October 2014

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    Conceived by DaDaFest and delivered in partnership with the Bluecoat, Liverpool, 'Art of the Lived Experiment' runs from 8 November 2014 to 11 January 2015 as part of DaDaFest International 2014. Colin Hambrook interviewed curator Aaron Williamson about the exhibition which contains the work of 28 artists from the UK and abroad, and includes sculpture, film, installation, painting, prints and performance...

    Review: Shape Open 2014: Too Wonderful to be [in]Visible

    27 October 2014

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    This year's Shape Open exhibition questions how we perceive disability, using painting, audio, textile, and even a mask made of meat to look beyond that which is visible. Currently in its third year, Shape Open is an annual call-out for both disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work of any medium in response to a disability-focused theme - this year, '[in]visible'. Mik Scarlet wheeled his way through the vast Westfield shopping complex to the...

    News: Together! 2014 Disability History Month Festival

    13 October 2014

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    Following a busy summer Together! are delighted to announce the programme for the Together! 2014 Disability History Month Festival. Highlights include the festival launch and private view of the Open Exhibition; Krip Hop Nation's workshop and performance; The Hands Project on International Day of Disabled People; the Together! Disability Film Festival and the launch of a poetry anthology and end-of-festival party.

    Review: Unlimited 2014: Bekki Perriman: The Doorways Project

    8 September 2014

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    Bekki Perriman’s installation ‘The Doorways Project’ explores homelessness through spoken word and photography. Nina Muehlemann reflects on the quiet and cautiously assembled work in the Royal Festival Hall, that is part of this Unlimited research and development award.

    Review: Unlimited 2014 Opening event: Does It Matter? World War I Shorts

    2 September 2014

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    Like the excellent opening of Glastonbury 2014 Festival’s Sunday programme with the English National Ballet performing Akram Khan’s World War I themed ‘Dust’, Unlimited Festival got into full swing with five disabled artists’ responses to the centenary of The Great War. Review by Trish Wheatley

    Opinion: Unlimited 2014: Katherine Araniello hosts The Dinner Party Revisited

    30 July 2014

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    Katherine Araniello first presented The Dinner Party in 2011. A development of that work, The Dinner Party Revisited, has been commissioned for 2014’s Unlimited Festival - a commission that confirms Katherine as one of the most significant Live Artists in the UK. So what does it mean to be a 'Live Artist'? Lois Keidan, Director of the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) explains.

     

    Interview: Unlimited 2014: The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) by Juan delGado

    17 July 2014

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    Spanish artist Juan delGado and creator of The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) met the film’s editor Colombian filmmaker Juan Soto in a dimly lit room at the Geffrye Museum in East London. A conversation about how the artistic processes were led by their intentions in the making of the film, was transcribed and edited here by Manuel Angel Macia

    Review: Shape Artist's Network talk by Aaron McPeake on receiving the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

    16 July 2014

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    Adam Reynolds Bursary winner Aaron McPeake gave a talk at the Shape Gallery in Westfield on his Spike Island residency on 3 July, as part of the launch of Shape’s Artist Network; a new, quarterly event for emerging and mid-career artists to get together, develop new collaborations and share ideas for professional development. Colin Hambrook reflects on the artists' practice.

    Review: DaDaFest: Working Lives: Here & There

    24 June 2014

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    Working Lives: Here & There is the latest exhibition by DadaFest, a disability and deaf arts organisation based in Liverpool, aiming to explore disability and employment, not just locally in Liverpool, but worldwide, through photographs and supporting narratives of disabled people in their workplaces. Review by Jade French

    Review: Shape Gallery: Shortlist 6

    20 June 2014

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    Shape have just launched Shortlist 6: an exhibition of work marking the 6 years of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary awards. Colin Hambrook visited Shape’s pop-up gallery in Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford to see the work of the most recent bursary-winner, Aaron McPeake alongside that of three of the shortlisted artists.

    Gallery: David Beaumont

    12 May 2014

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    Currently based at artspace in Coventry, David Beaumont creates installation-based sculpture; video and photography. This gallery shows a selection of his work, featured at the MA show at Coventry University in 2013.

    Review: Hayward Gallery host Martin Creed's 'What's the point of it?'

    19 March 2014

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    Winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, Creed uses a wide range of artistic media and including music, his art changes everyday materials and actions into surprising reflections on life. Jessie Woodward sent in the following review of access within the exhibition, which is on show until 5 May. 

    Review: Creative Minds South East one-day conference

    12 March 2014

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    It’s a bold question to pose, especially at a time when funding cuts conspire to put all creative organisations on the defensive: how do we perceive, discuss and measure quality in work by artists with learning disabilities? Bella Todd reports on the performing arts aspect of the Creative Minds conference, held on 10th March at Brighton Dome - and asks some pertinent questions to stimulate further debate.

    Creative Minds: ‘What as a practitioner are you going to do now?’

    11 March 2014

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    The Creative Minds event held in Brighton on Monday 10th March was full to capacity with a good mix of delegates from different roles and organisations. The work was impressive presenting visual art, performance and films that were full of life. Creative Minds was well organised with plenty of activity and scope for discussion and sharing of practice and thought. The speakers were engaging, their presentations witty, and their messages strong. To add to the debate Kristina Veasey asks...

    Jane McCormick

    10 March 2014

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    In early 2013 I received a grant to buy an Ipad. Since then my Ipad goes everywhere with me from bed to sofa to hospital waiting rooms as I document my adventures, real and imaginary, at these exciting locations.
     

    Review: Together 2013

    16 December 2013

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    Dao posts reports by Richard Downes and Stephen Portlock on performing arts and visual arts at the month-long Together! Festival held in the London Borough of Newham from 22 November - 19 December

    Review: BBC Imagine: Turning the Art World Inside Out

    25 November 2013

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    The latest in Alan Yentob’s ‘Imagine’ series on BBC One attempted to examine how we define ‘Outsider Art’ asking “Why in 2013 is Outsider Art finally being feted by the art establishment, and what took it so long?” Michelle Kopczyk gives a critical analysis of how the programme failed to provide answers.

    Extraordinary Change: Engage International Conference 2013

    20 November 2013

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    Engage are an advocacy and support organisation for gallery education. Liz Porter attended their international conference in Birmingham on  7-8 November, which explored the challenges that education in galleries and the visual arts face in a period of uncertainty.


     

    News: Touch Art Fair pioneers a new approach to presenting visual arts

    15 October 2013

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    The Touch Art Fair is the first ever tactile art fair in the UK. On exhibition at 35 Marylebone High Street, London W1 from 17 - 20 October the fair is organised by pioneering french artist Scratch Adelia. Jake and Dinos Chapman have created a gigantic new piece of  work especially for the event amongst fifteen other international artists working in the haptic arts.

    Review: The Shape Open 2013: Disability Re-assessed

    15 October 2013

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    Shape’s annual visual arts competitive exhibition invites disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work on a disability theme. Tim Hayton reviews this years' exhibition on show at The Nunnery Gallery in London E3 until 20 October 2013.

    Overview: Common Pulse: Intersecting Abilities

    8 October 2013

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    Ju Gosling reports on Common Pulse a bi-annual festival and symposium curated by Durham Art Gallery in rural Ontario, focusing on ‘important current developments that are taking place in the Canadian art and culture scene’. The theme for 2013's festival was Intersecting Abilities.

    Review: Short Circuit: When Disability And Digital Collide

    12 September 2013

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    Disabled people aren’t strangers to technology. From hearing aids to wheelchairs we’ve been drawing on human inventiveness to give us not just access but options. John O'Donoghue went along to look how digital technology is changing the face of disability art.

    News: 900 Years of Light: Multimedia performance at Exeter Cathedral

    6 September 2013

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    Exeter Cathedral will be the setting for a multimedia response to the building’s 900 year history and the contributions that craftspeople have made during that time. 900 Years of Light is the culmination of Cathedra 900, an Arts Council England funded project by visual and multimedia artist Mark Ware. For the last 18 months, Mark has been exploring the Cathedral and interpreting its art and architecture through photography, abstract photomontages, 3D artwork and sound.

    Gallery: Aidan Moesby: Hang on it'll be okay - an artistic response to The West Yorkshire Playhouse

    2 August 2013

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    As part of DAO’s Diverse Perspectives programme, funded by Arts Council England, artist Aidan Moesby was commissioned to make work for exhibition at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in response to a series of dialogues and conversations with the theatre staff. ‘Hang on, it’ll be okay’ responds to a period of organisational change within the organisation. His lighthouses, exhibited in June 2013 are a metaphor for the purpose of the arts as a beacon, there to guide and to...

    Tim Jeeves: How to Fall in Love

    21 July 2013

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    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...

    Gallery: Dolly Sen: Portugal Prints working with the Royal Academy of Arts

    15 June 2013

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    As part of DAO’s Diverse Perspectives programme, funded by Arts Council England, film-maker Dolly Sen was commissioned to produce a short documentary exploring the relationship Portugal Prints has with the Royal Academy of Arts access programme. 'Greenhouse of Hearts' highlights the inspired, dynamic work that this small project is delivering.

    Review: Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan at the Wellcome Collection, London

    28 May 2013

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    The first major display of Japanese Outsider Art in the UK is showing at the Wellcome Collection until 30 June. The 46 artists represented are residents and day attendees in social welfare institutions across Japan. Nicole Fordham Hodges went to see and experience the power which is 'Souzou'. 

    Review: COnscription by Caglar Kimyoncu

    9 May 2013

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    COnscription explores the call-up to military service for people who don't 'fit the mould'. The four-channel film is on show at the Old Truman Brewery, London until 18 May. Joe McConnell reviews a multimedia installation which follows the stories of four individuals who meet at a military hospital - three subjects under assessment and their doctor.

    Review: Side by Side Exhibition at the Southbank Centre

    23 March 2013

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    The Rocket Artists, in partnership with the University of Brighton, present Side by Side - an international exhibition showcasing learning disability, art and collaboration. **Nicole Fordham Hodges** reviews the exhibition, on show in the Spirit Level, Southbank Centre, London until 5 April

    Review: SICK! Festival presents the vacuum cleaner's acclaimed show Mental

    18 March 2013

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    SICK! Festival of Contemporary Performance Art produced by contemporary performance organisation the Basement, played in Brighton from 1- 16 March. John O'Donoghue went to see the vacuum cleaner's show Mental, which documents 10 years of being an outlaw, inpatient and artist activist.

    Review: The Portrait Anatomised at the National Portrait Gallery

    15 March 2013

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    Inspired by neuro-scientific imagery, Susan Aldworth's experimental printmaking explores the relationship between our physical brain and our sense of self. Her portraits of three people with epilepsy are now showing at the National Portrait Gallery until 1 September. Nicole Fordham-Hodges went to see this haunting, thought-provoking exhibition.

    Gallery: Sarah Hirst

    14 March 2013

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    Sarah Hirst is currently in her 3rd and final year on a fine art degree. The theme of her work is about exploring the masks we wear in everyday life. Her gallery of Dream Watercolours represents work that came out of a project making work about experience of hallucinations.

    Review: SICK! Festival presents Jochem Stavenuiter's Eleonora

    8 March 2013

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    SICK! Festival of Contemporary Performance Art produced by contemporary performance organisation the Basement plays in Brighton from 1- 16 March. John O'Donoghue saw Jochem Stavenuiter’s tale of what happened when his mother Eleonora had a stroke

    Review: SICK! Festival presents Under Observation

    4 March 2013

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    SICK! Festival of Contemporary Performance Art produced by contemporary performance organisation, the Basement plays in Brighton from 1- 16 March. Colin Hambrook went along to an afternoon of durational performance and film entitled Under Observation

    Gallery: Liz Crow: Bedding In, Bedding Out - a live durational performance

    26 February 2013

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    Liz Crow presents her new work 'Bedding In, Bedding Out' which is one of the eight Diverse Perspectives commissions funded by Arts Council's Grants for the Arts. Drawing on audio recordings and time lapse photography of the performance, Reflections from the Bed introduces the work, its backdrop and its politics.

    Review: Unlimited: an evening of film in the Southbank Centre

    10 February 2013

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    'Total Permission' follows conductor Charles Hazlewood, founder of the British Paraorchestra, as he encounters the artistry within 12 of the Unlimited commissions. Nina Muehlemann went to the launch of the film at the Southbank Centre on 6 February

    Review: Light Show at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre

    5 February 2013

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    Light Show brings together sculptures and installations from 22 artists who use light to sculpt and shape space. Richard Downes is disturbed and illuminated by this exhibition of immersive environments, free-standing light sculptures and projections on show at the Hayward Gallery, London until 28 April 2013.

    Review: Shape present 'Perceptions Of Balance'

    28 January 2013

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    Nine artists, brought together as part of Shape’s Creative Steps programme, use varied media to illustrate and express their encounters with how they may or may not experience equilibrium. The exhibition is on show at Lauderdale House until 3rd February 2013. Review by Richard Downes

    Review: CoolTan Arts: 'The Winter Edition'

    13 December 2012

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    'The Winter Edition', the second in a series of exhibitions exploring the life, work and heritage of Charles Dickens, is showing at Southwark Cathedral until 14 January 2013. Nicole Fordham Hodges was at the private viewing, which illuminated a dark December night.

    Crippen presents the Criptarts

    10 December 2012

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    Crippen's latest cartoon strip takes DAO readers on an unpredictable journey with a host of disabled characters, featuring some surprising guest appearances from well known members of the disability arts community. Watch the characters develop as they grapple with many of the issues that confront us all as disabled artists, and support each other as members of the DAO extended family.

    Review: The World Press Photo Awards 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall

    12 November 2012

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    The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Southbank Centre, bringing together award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year. Richard Downes trips through the horrors to find glimmers of hope

    Review: Abigail McLellan (1969 – 2009): A Retrospective at Rebecca Hossack Gallery

    8 November 2012

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    Abigail McLellan was an acclaimed artist when she was diagnosed with MS in 1999. She continued to produce and refine her intense, vibrant art for the last ten years of her life, often using ingenious techniques to outwit the effects of her illness. She died aged 40. Nicole Fordham Hodges went to the Rebecca Hossack Gallery to see the retrospective of her work on show until 1 December.

    Gallery: Grace Eyre Foundation

    2 November 2012

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    Grace Eyre offer a wide range of visual art sessions for people with learning difficulties in Brighton & Hove. Sessions aim to build on existing talents and offer opportunities to pursue new avenues of artistic exploration. DAOs gallery contains a selection of work by Grace Eyre artists

    Review: Outside In: National 2012

    25 October 2012

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    The biggest visual arts treat of the year so far, has arrived in the form of Outside In: National which opened today at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex. Colin Hambrook extols the exhibitions virtues as a beacon for creativity.

    Simon Raven: Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

    22 October 2012

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    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.

    Review: Karamel Gallery presents I Am An Artist

    18 October 2012

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    Karamel Gallery in North London, plays host to an art exhibition produced with a group of people with learning difficulties. The students from Area 51 further education college were engaged in painting portraits of their favourite competitors. Richard Downes happened along and sent in the following review.

    Katherine Araniello

    15 October 2012

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    Katherine Araniello is a performance/video artist and creator of SBC (Sick Bitch Crip). This blog includes her films, digital images and SBC’s latest musings. The concept behind her work is to disrupt and use satire in current issues relating to disability such as assisted suicide, media representation, prejudice, charity, ignorance and body aesthetics.

    Opinion: Celf o Gwmpas from mid-Wales meet Kettuki from Finland

    12 October 2012

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    Mid-Wales arts organisation Celf o Gwmpas recently took four disabled artists to meet with Kettuki in Hämeenlinna, Finland, as part of a mentoring programme. Chris Tally Evans discusses some broader issues about empowerment that came out of the trip.

    Review: Unlimited: The Garden

    8 September 2012

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    Amardeep Sohi reviews Graeae and Strange Fruit's Unlimited offering at the Unlimited Festival on the Terrace at the Southbank Centre.

    Review: Unlimited: Maurice Orr's 'The Screaming Silence of the Wind'

    7 September 2012

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    Maurice Orr's paintings are designed to be touched. His innovative use of dried fish skins as media, and the unusual access he gives to his paintings, makes this exhibition - on show in the Festival Village at the Southbank Centre until 9 September - a memorable experience. Nicole Fordham Hodges saw and touched these respectfully wild landscapes

    News: Paul Cummins: 'English Flower Garden'

    16 August 2012

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    Fine ceramic artist Paul Cummins has made more than 12000 individual flower heads for a series of 6 unique art installations at some of the UK’s most beautiful historic houses and socially significant public sites. The project is an Unlimited commission and is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

    News: Jon Adams exhibits 'Look About' at Pallant House Gallery

    14 August 2012

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    Opening today at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, is a studio exhibition showcasing the results of ‘Look About’, a two year mapping and collecting project by Portsmouth‐based artist Jon Adams in response to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

    Review: Superhuman at the Wellcome Trust

    13 August 2012

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    Superhuman at the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, looks at the history of humanity’s desire to be more than human. But John O’Donoghue came away uneasy about the whole idea.

    Review: Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye at Tate Modern

    16 July 2012

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    Tate Modern are showing a retrospective of the later works of reknowned Norwegian painter Edvard Munch until 14 October. Deborah Caulfield reviews the exhibition, which contains works from a period in the artists life when he became visually impaired.

    Review: Simon McKeown's 'Motion Disabled: Unlimited'

    14 July 2012

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    Motion Disabled Unlimited - the award winning exhibition and installation by Simon Mckeown - got a public outing at the torch relay celebrations, in South Park, Oxford on 9 July. Deborah Caulfield ponders the meaning of Disability Art writ large and loud at such a mainstream event.

    Review: Niet Normaal: Difference on Display

    12 July 2012

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    Adapted from a landmark Dutch exhibition, Niet Normaal (a popular phrase literally translated as ‘not normal’, but also meaning ‘cool’) features work in a variety of media. DAO is gathering a range of responses to the major DaDaFest exhibition on display at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool from now until the 2 September.

    Review: Yoko Ono 'To The Light'

    28 June 2012

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    Richard Downes catches up with Cut Piece, from a major exhibition of Yoko Ono's work at the Serpentine Gallery, London until 9 September.

    News: Unlimited Global Alchemy

    18 June 2012

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    Artist Rachel Gadsden (UK) and the Bambanani artist-activist Group (South Africa) explore the psychology and politics of HIV/AIDS and of life-giving medical regimes in an Unlimited commission, showing in Cambridge, Liverpool and London as part of the London 2012 Festival.

    News: Unity Festival International Disability Arts Festival in Cardiff

    14 June 2012

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    The Unity Festival, created by Hijinx Theatre, is taking place between 21 – 30 June and will showcase and celebrate the best in inclusive, disability and learning-disability arts from Wales, the UK and around the world, promoting positive images of disability and social inclusion to audiences

    News: DaDaFest gets a makeover!

    13 June 2012

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    Innovative Liverpool-based disability and deaf arts organisation Disability and Deaf Arts will now be known as DaDaFest – taking on the name of its best known event, the critically acclaimed international festival. In line with this name change, the entire DaDaFest brand has received an overhaul including a vibrant new image and website design.

    Preview: One Morning In May - Noëmi Lakmaier

    28 May 2012

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    If you are in the City of London today (28 May), you will get a chance to see Disability Art in action as Noëmi Lakmaier makes her way from Toynbee Studios heading towards the City of London and one of London's most iconic buildings, The Gherkin... on her hands and knees.

    Review: Shape Open

    4 May 2012

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    The award ceremony for the Shape Open exhibition at Portobello Gallery, last night, was a crowded affair. Colin Hambrook went along to soak up Shape’s outing into a mainstream gallery space in West London.

    News: Multimedia art project to be staged at Exeter Cathedral

    30 April 2012

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    Multimedia artist Mark Ware has been awarded Arts Council Grants for the Arts funding to develop and produce an exciting, innovative high quality multimedia digital art project in collaboration with Exeter Cathedral, to interpret 900 years of history, using digital and HD technology.

    News: Adam Reynolds Bursary

    23 April 2012

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    There is a week to go for artists to submit applications for Shape Arts' Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. Submissions close on 8 May 2012.

    News: DaDaFest 2012 presents Niet Normaal - Difference on Display

    10 April 2012

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    From Fri 13 July – Sun 2 September, the Bluecoat will be given over to this landmark exhibition, which will feature the work of over 30 internationally renowned artists including new commissions, each addressing a definitive question of our time: ‘what is normal and who decides?’ specifically focussing on language as freedom and language as imprisonment.

    Review: Cooltan Arts: Women of Dickens exhibition

    23 March 2012

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    'Women of Dickens', an exhibition of art, poetry and textiles, was launched on March 14th at CoolTan Arts, with a series of workshops and a poetry reading. Nicole Fordham-Hodges went along, and discovered a secret code.

    Review: SELECT EDIT: PUBLIC PRIVATE

    19 March 2012

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    Windows with a Difference presented a day of artists' talks at The New Art Gallery Walsall, on 29 February 2012. Tamar Whyte's personal and moving interpretation of this event on the theme of Art and Health, demonstrates the perspective of artists, and the enrichment of talking about our diversity.

    Review: Ceramic Impressions/ British Dental Association

    12 March 2012

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    The ceramic artist Judy DiBase extracted dental exhibits from the British Dental Museum to produce a series of quirky ceramic 'memories' for the temporary exhibition 'Ceramic Impressions'. Obi Chiejina explores the use of these extracted dental exhibits and their ceramic responses as forms of human communication, artistic expression and interpretation for the museum visitor. The exhibition runs at the BDA Museum until 24 May.

    Review: Picasso and Modern British Art

    12 March 2012

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    Deborah Caulfield recently spent two glorious hours at Tate Britain’s Picasso & British Modern Art exhibition. She urges you to go, even if your passion for Modern Art is barely lukewarm.

    Review: Launching Rockets Never Gets Old

    9 March 2012

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    'Launching Rockets Never Gets Old' looks at the artistic accidents generated by Raphael Hefti by interfering in industrial glass processes. Obi Chiejina assesses the impact of these accidents upon the artist and gallery visitor. The exhibition runs until the 18th March 2012 at Camden Arts Centre, London.

    News: Disabled artist makes streets her canvas in the build up to London 2012

    5 March 2012

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    A street in High Wycombe will be creatively transformed in March as part of a cultural programme celebrating London 2012. Conceptual disabled artist, Zoe Partington, has worked on developing a creative response to how disabled people navigate through urban spaces and the impact this has on them emotionally and physically.

    Shape Open

    21 February 2012

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    Trish Wheatley interviews Ben Fredericks, Shape’s Programme Officer about the up-and-coming Shape Open - a visual arts competition, that asks disabled and non-disabled artists to respond to 'disability'

    Review: Signs for Sounds: Contemporary Letterforming and Calligraphy

    20 February 2012

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    'Signs for Sounds' explores the contemporary practice of letter-forming from traditional calligraphy to the use of digital technologies and performance art. Obi Chiejina saw the Harley Gallery Touring Exhibition curated by Jeremy Theophilus, at the Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton.

    Review: Lucian Freud Portraits

    19 February 2012

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    The most ambitious exhibition of the work of Lucian Freud for ten years is now showing at the National Portrait Gallery until 27 May 2012. It is the first to focus on his portraits. Nicole Fordham Hodges went along, and took a friend.

    Review: A Bigger Picture: David Hockney at the Royal Academy

    7 February 2012

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    A Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy showcases David Hockney's landscape work. Included are oil paintings, photo-collages, charcoal drawings, watercolours, prints and film. With over 150 works displayed, spanning Hockney’s career of over fifty years, it is as much a celebration as an exhibition and, as such, it exudes generosity and abundance. Debbie Caulfield was profoundly affected.

    Review: Death: Southbank Centre's Festival For the Living

    2 February 2012

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    In the foyer of the Southbank Centre, a small group of toddlers were gathered around a cardboard coffin, decorating it with glitter and flowers. This was 'Death: a festival for the living,' which took place between 27-30 January. Nicole Fordham Hodges speaks the unspeakable.

    Infinitas Gracias: Mexican Miracle Paintings

    18 January 2012

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    Infinitas Gracias: Mexican miracle paintings is on show at the Wellcome Collection, London until 26 February 2012. DAO New Voices writer Obi Chiejina explores the mystery behind this exhibition of votive paintings.

    New Exhibition Invites Art on Disability

    17 January 2012

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    Shape, in association with Westway Development Trust and our sponsors HSBC, would like to invite applications for the Shape Open Exhibition 2012 from artists who have work that comments or makes reference to issues surrounding disability.

    Part of the Course: on the work of Bobby Baker

    11 January 2012

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    Bobby Baker has always explored the intricacies and complexities of our daily lives, but when she made public 158 of her 711 daily watercolours in a breathtaking exhibition at the Wellcome Collecition, 'Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me' (1997-2008) she spoke more personally and publicly than ever before. The book of the exhibition won the Mind Book of the Year, 2011, chosen from more than 100 entries as the year's greatest literary contribution to increasing understanding of...

    Review: Edward Burra Retrospective at Pallant House Gallery

    1 January 2012

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    The first major exhibition for 25 years of the highly individual work of the popular British artist Edward Burra (1905–1976) is on show at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester until 19th February 2012. Colin Hambrook reviews the life and works of this exceptional watercolourist who documented significant moments in the second half of the 20th century.

    Review: ‘Defying Definitions: disability arts in the mainstream’

    15 December 2011

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    Alan McLean attends a thought-provoking symposium produced by DaSH, at the end of a series of 'Outside In' commissions. Held at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton, on 2 December, the day explored Dash's support of work at New Art Gallery Walsall, Oriel Davies Newtown and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

    Review: William Blake Largactyl Shuffle

    8 December 2011

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    CoolTan Arts’ Largactyl Shuffle group staged an enjoyable and successful walk, exploring the life and work of William Blake, in a unique guided cultural tour starting at Tate Modern, ending at Bunhill Cemetery.

    Gallery: Charles Devus

    7 December 2011

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    Charles Devus is an artist, writer, performer and musician. This gallery displays examples from his forthcoming graphic novel Justin Sane - the travails of an aesthetic detective and his alien son, Cedric.

    Review: The View From Here

    24 November 2011

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    Trish Wheatley reviews an exhibition featuring works by Martin Bruch, Juan delGado, Aidan Moesby and an intervention by DAO blogger Gini, currently on show at Salisbury Arts Centre, as part of the Re-Imagining Exhibitions programme.

    News: DadaFest 2012: Dates and theme announced

    5 November 2011

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    DaDaFest, the International Festival of Disability and Deaf Arts, has announced that the festival is to return in summer 2012, with the theme of TransActions - Fluid Bodies: Shifting Identities

    Review: Alf Wiltshire

    4 November 2011

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    John O'Donoghue reviews the work of Outsider Artist Alf Wiltshire and discovers a gentle humour in the poems, text art and paintings of a prolific artist.

    Seeing in close up: exploring the work of photorealist painter Chuck Close

    4 November 2011

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    Chuck Close is a leading figure in the photorealism movement, creating huge portraits of himself, his friends and his family. He became a wheelchair user in the late 1980’s, radically developing his artistic techniques alongside, but as Jo Verrent explores, his connection to disability started much earlier than that…

    Review: Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me by Bobby Baker

    15 October 2011

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    John O'Donoghue reviews Bobby Baker’s award-winning book of 158 diary drawings, which give a record of the artist's dealings with mental health services, coping with breast cancer, and her struggle to get the treatment she felt she needed.

    Research: Anne Teahan - Sharing Cultures: Disability and Visibility

    13 October 2011

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    Sharing Cultures is a project researching disability arts by artist Anne Teahan inspired by Revealing Culture an international festival of disability art and culture at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC in summer 2010. Here Anne shares her extensive research on a selection of artists whose work was chosen for exhibition.

    Colin Hambrook:Editorial

    25 September 2011

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    Colin Hambrook established Disability Arts Online in 2004. Since then he has been editing the journal. In his blog he comments on aspects of the work happening within the disability arts sector as well as specific arts programmes Dao is engaged with. He also occasionally writes about his own artistic output.

    Review: Outside In Launch

    22 July 2011

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    Outside In is now open for submissions. Liz Porter went along to the launch event at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to soak up the excitement.

    Bernadette Cremin

    15 July 2011

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    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.

    Review: 'Labyrinth of Living Exhibits'

    19 May 2011

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    Simon Raven gives his impressions of 'Labyrinth of Living Exhibits' - a performance event curated by Aaron Williamson at the Hunterian Museum, London, presented by Shape and Arts Catalyst.

    Review: The Great Wall of Vagina by Jamie McCartney

    14 April 2011

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    Sue Kent reviews The Great Wall of Vagina - a series of panels using moulds taken directly from the body to produce sculpture - on show from 6 - 31 May 2011 at Jamie McCartney Sculpture Studios, 7 Ship Street Gardens, Brighton, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.

    Research: Anne Teahan - 'Sharing Cultures'

    17 March 2011

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    Sharing Cultures is a project researching disability arts by artist Anne Teahan inspired by Revealing Culture an international festival of disability art and culture at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC in summer 2010. Here Anne reflects on the show and what disability has got to do with art.

    Review: Access All Areas

    10 March 2011

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    Hosted by the Live Art Development Agency, Access All Areas was a two-day public programme, a showcase and inquiry into the work of disabled artists whose medium is Live Art, where the artist’s most important piece of kit is their own body. Debbe Caulfield investigates.

    Gini

    8 March 2011

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    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

    The Philosophical Ramblers Club

    21 January 2011

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    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

    18 January 2011

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    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.

    Review: DaDaFest International 2010

    23 November 2010

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    DaDaFest – the UK’s leading and biggest deaf and disability arts festival celebrates its tenth year in 2010. In celebration, disabled and non disabled artists from all over the world will perform and exhibit at DaDaFest International 2010, a two week extravaganza of artistic wonder which showcases and celebrates the best in disability and deaf arts.

    Profile: Blind with Camera at DadaFest 2010

    22 November 2010

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    An exhibition by Blind with Camera is showing at the DaDa-Fest International, Liverpool until 3 December 2010. DAO talked to Partho Bhowmick who set up the project in Mumbai, India in 2006 after being inspired by Evgen Bavcar, an accomplished blind photographer based in Paris.

    Accentuate blog

    27 October 2010

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    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...

    Review: The House of Vernacular

    13 October 2010

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    Wendy McGowan discovers some new meanings behind our interpretation of everyday photographs in 'The House of Vernacular' - on show at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton until 28 November 2010.

    Profile: StopGAP Dance Company present a new double bill - Trespass

    28 September 2010

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    Autumn 2010 see StopGAP Dance Company embarking on a tour of their latest double bill - 'Within' choreographed by Thomas Noone and 'Splinter' choreographed by Rob Tannion. Lucy Bennett provides a dancers' insight into this exciting development in StopGAPs work

    Profile: Deafinitely Creative

    7 September 2010

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    Deafinitely Creative, the nation's only playwriting programme exclusively for deaf writers, has chosen its four finalists for 2010-11.

    Anne Teahan: Sharing Cultures: Disability and Visibility

    25 August 2010

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    ‘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.

    Profile: Accentuate

    22 August 2010

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    Over the coming months DAO intends to report on a range of events taking place under the Accentuate banner. Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK which is creating a cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, SEEDA and the regional cultural agencies. Screen South is the home of Accentuate.

    Jon Adams' blog

    23 July 2010

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    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.

    Gallery: BlindArt

    21 July 2010

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    BlindArt is a charitable organisation whose aim is to encourage participation and interaction of the visually impaired in the sighted domain of the visual arts. DAO presents a gallery of some of the artwork in the BlindArt collection

    Caroline Cardus' blog

    15 July 2010

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    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

    12 July 2010

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    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.

    Gallery: Altered Images

    1 June 2010

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    Altered Images - an innovative exhibition, designed to stimulate engagement with the visual arts by people with disabilities, opens to the public at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 17 June 2010 to 15 August 2010

    Gallery: Maureen Oliver

    6 May 2010

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    Maureen Oliver's paintings echo another dimension of reality. The narratives within her artwork engage the viewer with a need to find out more about the human drama described in her paintings.

    Gallery: Aidan Moesby

    4 May 2010

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    Aidan Moesby is a text artist who utilises a variety of media, technologies and approaches in order to realise the artwork.

    Gallery: urban wastelands, desolate places by Kit Wells

    12 April 2010

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    By exploring our urban wastelands and desolate places in his paintings, Kit Wells points up human frailty and helplessness in a landscape created for man’s ease of living, but resulting in an inner-city hell.

    Transformation by Nancy Willis

    7 April 2010

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    Animated art by Nancy Willis, based on 'The Explorer' by Allan Sutherland, with music by Chris Morris.

    Review: Billy Childish - Unknowable but Certain at the ICA, London

    22 February 2010

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    The Institute of Contemporary Arts exhibits Billy Childish's first major retrospective of work in London, bringing together a cross-section of works from the artists career as a musician, artist, novelist, film maker and poet. Colin Hambrook reviews the show by this talented, infamous artist.

    Profile: Rethink Parliament

    21 February 2010

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    Parliamentary Outreach have launched an innovative new initiative designed with mental health group, Rethink. Colin Hambrook reports on how the project is engaging with communities of disabled people, within the mental health arena, who have traditionally been disengaged from the democratic process.

    Aaron Williamson's Blog

    8 February 2010

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    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.

    Interview: Tony Heaton discusses Shape's Animate artists' talks

    25 January 2010

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    Animate will explore the rich history of Disability Arts, through a programme of talks and workshops. Colin Hambrook talked to Tony Heaton, sculptor and Chief Executive of Shape, about the background to these events to be staged in London.

    Discussion: Art of Difference Festival and Symposium 2009

    1 December 2009

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    Colin Hambrook, editor of DAO, attended the Art of Difference Disability and Deaf Arts Festival at the Gasworks, Melbourne from 10-21 March 2009. He also went along to the Momentum09 one-day conference in Auckland on 27 February 2009. Here he compares the differences between the development of Disability Arts in the UK in comparison to developments in the Antipodes.

    Review: Jon Adams - the Goose on the Hill

    14 October 2009

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    Colin Hambrook caught up with the opening of the ‘goose’ and offers his impressions of Jon Adams retrospective on show at Pallant House Gallery from 13 October – 22 November 2009

    Gallery: David Feingold

    9 October 2009

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    David Feingold is a visual designer turned social worker, turned doctoral student in disability studies at National-Louis University, Chicago. He has found a way to turn pain into pictures and anguish into art - Disability Art, that is - in the form of digital visual assemblages.

    Profile: Jon Adams: The Goose on the Hill

    25 September 2009

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    This autumn Pallant House Gallery plays host to Jon Adams' retrospective 'The Goose on the Hill' from 13 October – 22 November 2009. The exhibition coincides with ‘Outside In’ - a major exhibition of Outsider Art.

    Review: 'Outside In' at Pallant House by Colin Hambrook

    11 August 2009

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    Colin Hambrook revels in a show that puts outsider art centre stage in the delightful setting of Pallant House in Chichester. More than 500 artists sent over 800 works in to the show, with 150 selected for display. As the show opened, six prize winners were announced from the displayed entries.

    Profile: 'Outside In' 2009

    5 August 2009

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    'Outside In' is on show at Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, 4 August – 8 November 2009. The exhibition provides a platform for artists who are marginalised due to health, disability or other social circumstances. Marc Steene, Head of Learning, explains some of the reasoning behind the competition, due to become a national event by 2011.

    Driving Inspiration

    19 April 2009

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    Caroline Cardus reports on Buckinghamshire's Cultural Olympiad project.

    Disabled artists explore scientific ideas

    10 February 2009

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    As part of this blog, Colin Hambrook is building an overview of artists and art projects that have set out to explore different aspects of an engagement between disability arts and science.

    Disability Art and Science: Resonant Frequency

    23 January 2009

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    Resonant Frequency was a partnership between ITHACA, Science Oxford (the Oxford Trust) and Disability Arts Online (DAO) which sought to explore the issues around disability arts and science.

    Alan Scott: in memoriam

    19 November 2008

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    Alan Scott was a photographer, printmaker, writer and raconteur with a love of philosophy and a wealth of understanding and knowledge. Sadly, Alan died on Thursday 16 October, aged 57 years. Here DAO reproduces a selection of words and images to create

    Caroline Cardus: Hidden Battles

    6 November 2008

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    Caroline Cardus' Go Make! residency at Fort Brockhurst in Gosport, is the fourth in an ongoing series of bursaries for disabled and deaf artists, awarded by Dada-South. Colin Hambrook reports.

    Jon Adams: Word Wall

    16 October 2008

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    Artist challenges commuters at London Bridge station Jon Adams has recently been appointed as Southern's Artist in Residence and over the next year Adams will be creating his art on the Southern network as part of the Alternative Platform project.

    Paralympic Handover day

    23 September 2008

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    Liz Porter relived some memories at the Paralympic Handover event at Stoke Mandeville on 17 September 2008

    Graham Lewis

    2 September 2008

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    Some lively new work is on show as part of the St Ives September Festival

    Art and Power: transformARTive

    13 August 2008

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    Kate Cotton talks to art + power about their programme for supporting artists' professional development On the eve of their tenth anniversary art + power showed their latest exhibition, transformARTive at the Grant Bradley Gallery, in their hometown of

    Interview: Gus Cummins talks about his new work Ictal

    11 August 2008

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    Gus Cummins is creating a variety of visual arts and media, inspired by his experience of epilepsy. The work ranges from painting to video and digital installations. Colin Hambrook asked Gus a few questions in preparation for seeing the work at DadaFest

    Open Studio with Noëmi Lakmaier

    8 May 2008

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    Noëmi Lakmaier's residency at Camden Arts Centre as recipient of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary and a conversation with Tony Heaton

    Ju Gosling: Abnormal

    25 April 2008

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    Joe McConnell reviews Ju Gosling's recent exhibition culminating from her residency with the National Institute of Medical Research

    Pauline Alexander: The Many Faces of Discrimination

    23 April 2008

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    In collaboration with disabled sound and media artists Jon Adams and Caglar Kimyoncu, Pauline Alexander produced The Art of Discrimination. Here are some stills from that video installation.

    Blog: Crippen

    23 January 2008

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    Crippen ... probably now the best Disabled cartoonist in the world ... and you'll find him here on DAO

    The Studio Project: Intoart

    9 November 2007

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    Tim Hayton investigates a project based in South London set up to support artists who have no access to mainstream art education

    Gallery: Peter Street: Memories of the Disability Action Network

    6 November 2007

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    The Disability Action Network carried out many protests against the lack of accessible transport (amongst other things) during the latter half of the 1990’s. Peter Street recalls some of the action and shares some of his dramatic photographs.

    Chris Hammond Gallery

    31 October 2007

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    Chris Hammond is a gifted graphic artist and designer as evidenced by her work for Full Circle Arts - look at its leaflets and website for examples. Her inspirations are eclectic, ranging from the late Ian Stanton, to Rothko's work at Tate Modern.

    Tales from the Boarders

    29 October 2007

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    Anne Teahan documents the artistic process of three artists making Art from the memories of an institution.

    Gallery: Tales From The Boarders

    29 October 2007

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    A series of works from the installations created for 'Tales from the Boarders' by artists Anne Teahan and Damien Robinson.

    Gallery: Tony Heaton

    8 May 2007

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    Tony Heaton is a practising sculptor and leading figure within the Disability Arts movement. On these pages you will find a selection of some of his key works.

    Tommy McHugh

    8 May 2007

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    Gallery of work from a Liverpool artist whose creativity came to the fore after having a stroke.

    Phil Lancaster

    8 May 2007

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    Phil Lancaster's compelling, computer generated images express artistsic ideas as an intriguing and clever form of expression.

    Phil Lancaster

    8 May 2007

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    Colin Hambrook talked to Phil Lancaster about his compelling, computer generated images and his view on Disability Art in general.

    Andrew Roberts

    1 February 2007

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    DAO presents a small gallery of some of painter, Andrew Roberts' work.

    Andrew Roberts

    1 February 2007

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    Painter Andrew Roberts talks to Colin Hambrook about his career.

    Lara Varga

    16 December 2006

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    Gallery of work from printmaker, Illustrator and Book Artist Lara Varga.

    Juan delGado

    16 December 2006

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    Joe McConnell talks to Juan delGado about his cutting edge work using photography and video installation

    On The Next Level: Labels Seminar

    16 December 2006

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    In response to a workshop, as a part of Art Shape's 'Space Between' touring exhibition, Zoe Partington confronts the issue of labels. Who uses them? Who chooses them?

    Inner Worlds Outside

    16 December 2006

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    Colin Hambrook went to the Whitechapel Gallery in London to see the latest exposure of Outsider Art.

    Lara Varga

    16 December 2006

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    Printmaker, Illustrator and Book Artist Lara Varga talks about her Art work and practice

    Colin Hambrook

    1 May 2006

    Feature

    Making paintings and prints about my experience of visions, hallucinations and dreams, brought me into contact with an emerging Disability Arts.

    Nancy Willis: Early Days

    1 May 2006

    Feature

    A painter, printmaker and sculptor, Nancy Willis is an exceptional artist who has been exhibiting at mainstream and Disability Arts events since the mid 1970's.

    Nancy Willis: Early Days Gallery

    1 May 2006

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    A painter, printmaker and sculptor, Nancy Willis is an exceptional artist who has been exhibiting at mainstream and Disability Arts events since the mid 1970's.

    Simon Cooper: My Virtual Reality World

    1 May 2006

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    Simon Cooper - a Platform 6 artist - explores the dilemma between hand-made and technology-made printmaking and looks at ways of combining the two processes.

    John Exell

    1 March 2006

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    Sculptural and visual arts pieces from John Exell in conjunction with Centrepieces - a Mental health system user-led art group in Crayford, Kent

    Interview: Cathy Woolley

    1 December 2005

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    Melissa Mostyn talks to Cathy Woolley about her work and inspiration as artist and friend.

    Art + Power

    1 December 2005

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    Colin Hambrook visited Art + Power to find out about their work.

    Art + Power

    1 December 2005

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    Gallery of work from Art + Power, a learning disability group based in Bristol.

    Disability Arts Moments

    1 December 2005

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    DAO asks what are your favourite pieces of work (in any art form) by disabled artists? What do you feel should be preserved for future generations?

    Paddy Masefield Award

    1 October 2005

    Feature

    Open only to people with learning difficulties, resident in the South West Region and aged 18 or over, it is the only award of its kind in Europe

    Rachel Gadsden: Beyond the Asylum narrative

    1 October 2005

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    Within her artistic practice Rachel Gadsden has been exploring derelict Asylums seeking to examine the traces of life within their fabric despite the neglect and decay. This narrative by Tim Hayton is based on her collection of paintings, 'Beyond the Asylum'.

    Rachel Gadsden: Beyond the Asylum

    1 October 2005

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    Beyond the Asylum: A collection of paintings by Rachel Gadsden which formed the basis for the accompanying narrative.

    Colin Hambrook: Dreams of the Absurd

    1 April 2005

    Feature

    Making paintings and prints about his experience of visions, hallucinations and dreams, brought Colin Hambrook into contact with emerging Disability Arts.

    North West Disability Arts Forum: TransART

    1 April 2005

    Feature

    DAO contacted North West Disability Arts Forum NWDAF to find out about an innovative project aiming to open up debate about identity, access and inclusion within contemporary art

    Paul Cade: Sanity for Vanity

    1 March 2005

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    Colin Hambrook recently saw Paul Cade's breathtaking work and decided to visit the artist in person.

    Maria Kuipers

    1 March 2005

    Feature

    Colin Hambrook reviews the work of an artist whose work embraces a therapeutic approach.

    Liz Crow: Frida Kahlo’s Corset

    1 March 2005

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    An award-winning short film about the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo will accompany a major exhibition of the artist's work to be held at Tate Modern in London on show until October 2005

    Alison Jones: The Smell of Honey

    1 January 2005

    Feature

    Alison Jones, acclaimed visual artist, talks to Joe McConnell about her exploration of multisensory experience.

    Mark Ware: Mind Games

    1 December 2004

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    Mark Ware has created a play, a film and an exhibition that's influenced by his life after a stroke at the age of 39. Colin Hambrook talked to him about his creative journey.

    Mark Ware: The Dog that Barked like a Bird

    1 December 2004

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    These gallery pages contain stills from a video composition 'The Dog that Barked like a Bird' - originally based around a diary record the artist kept following a stroke in 1996. The film is part of a multi-media project, which also includes an exhibition and a play.

    Art Through Touch

    1 December 2004

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    Visually impaired artist Lynn Cox explains why this London-based project is so ground-breaking

    DaDaFest 2004

    1 December 2004

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    Gemma Nash looks forward to DaDaFest 2004.

    Dave Lupton: Crippen Cartoons

    1 December 2004

    Feature

    Disabled cartoonist Dave Lupton has a unique cutting edge 'disability vision', and is currently looking for support to bring his cartoons to a wider audience.

    Crippen Cartoons

    1 December 2004

    Feature

    Disabled cartoonist Dave Lupton has a unique cutting edge 'disability vision', and is constantly working to bring his cartoons to a wider audience.

    Damien Robinson: Songbird

    1 December 2004

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    Deaf artist Damien Robinson talks to Ele Carpenter about an intriguing audio installation, which explores the relationship between sound and vibration.

18 February 2013