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Trish Wheatley blogs about the latest content on DAO / 3 February 2012

A multi-layered composition in which the artist has combined painting with many photographs, postcards and badge-like objects to evoke the struggle of the Suffragettes.

Breaking Barriers (Rachel Gadsden, mixed media, 2009) - the most visited gallery in the past month

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Here at DAO we’ve had a fantastic start to what promises to be an astonishing year for disabled artists.  Each month we will aim to highlight some of the new content and alert you to upcoming opportunities to get involved with DAO. So, new for this month we’ve published a flurry of new blogs from our regulars, Gini, Vince Laws, Signdance, Gary Thomas, Oska Bright, Sam Jacobs and Aidan Moesby to name a few.

We also welcome five writers who have just started on our Arts Council funded New Voices programme in London. They are Deborah Caulfield, Nicole Fordham-Hodges, Rich Downes, Obi Chiejina and Charlie Swinbourne. They will be blogging, reviewing and interviewing over the next few months. We’ve already had a lively workshop session at Shape’s offices in London and I’m really looking forward to see what they produce. Why not look at their articles and take time to make some comments to get the debate going?

There’s also new content on our Creative Case for Diversity website. Featured here is the latest article by Sarah Pickthall called Walks of Life in which she considers the work of Pina Bausch, Alain Platel and Merce Cunningham – their rejection of the notion of the perfect body and their celebration of what the body does naturally and involuntarily. From the blogs Amardeep Sohi asks ‘What do you think is the role of funding bodies such as ACE and arts institutions in diversifying the arts landscape?’

We invite you to read, consider and get stuck into some discussions on these topics. The Creative Case site and comments boards have been designed to give everyone a voice so why not make yours heard?

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