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The work of Attitude is Everything explained by Suzanne Bull MBE

23 January 2015

Blog Lloyd Coleman: The Sound of Disability

The latest project in the spotlight for this series on accessibility to the arts and their associated venues is Attitude is Everything.  They are clearly one of the major players in the business of finding forward-thinking, dynamic solutions to the difficulties disabled people face every week at festivals, theatres and concert halls across the land.  Last year, I caught up with Suzanne Bull MBE - the founder of the organisation - to talk about their mission. I was astounded by how...

Dao's FB group debate Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'

19 January 2015

Blog Colin Hambrook: Editorial

still of ddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones as young lovers whirling each other around outside university walls

There was a lot in the media last week, centred on Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Dr Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'. Newsnight covered it with an interview with the US disabled actor RJ Mitte - star of 'Breaking Bad'. Frances Ryan critical response to news of a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination for Redmayne on the Guardian’s comment is free pages was to say: “while ‘blacking up’ is rightly now greeted with...


18 January 2015

Blog Katya Robin

English: Planet Saturn - Hexagon Vortex and Rings

At HEXOPOLIS HQ we’re getting ready for an exhibition about our on-going research, highlighting key themes in omnipresent hexagons. Once you start looking, you may notice they are everywhere, near and far, ubiquitous and astonishing. At Saturn's North Pole there is a hexagonal vortex of cloud larger than Earth. Flat-pack furniture is typically held together with hexagon socket bolts and assembled with a free Allen (hex) key. Hexagons are currently a big design trend: hexagon...

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

18 December 2014


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

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.

Review: Theatre Re: 'Blind Man’s Song' recalls a lost magic

23 January 2015


Using theatre, mime, sound and original live music in exploring the power of imagination to seek wisdom beyond our senses, Theatre Re’s 'Blind Man’s Song' opened the London International Mime Festival at Jacksons Lane. Colin Hambrook reviews a VocalEyes audio-described performance on 22nd January.

Review: James Leadbitter: 'Madlove'

16 January 2015


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: Ivan Riches and Simon Puriņš: 'Children of the Great War'

13 January 2015


Originally shown at the APT Gallery, London between 8-11 January 2015, Ivan Riches and Simon Puriņš: 'Children of the Great War' is due to go to Alexandra Palace on Saturday 7th February and every first Saturday of the month. Produced as part of a London-wide Age Exchange project the dual-screen film and digital media installation records memories and experiences of the First World War passed down through families and across communities. Review by Emmeline...

Interview: Gary Thomas: on being an artist

21 January 2015


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

The Sound of Disability

8 January 2015


As part of an Arts Council funded programme of work, Dao is engaging with freelance writers to commission opinion pieces and interviews, instigating wider debate about music and disabled musicians that creates a greater understanding of where music sits with disability arts. As part of this programme of work Dao has commissioned a young disabled composer Lloyd Coleman to produce a piece of music for the British...

Opinion: DaDaFest International 2014: The Big Debate

31 December 2014


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

Interview: Tony Heaton on the next tranche of Unlimited applications

11 December 2014


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. 

SenseAbility presentation: Ten Years of Dao: a potted history

17 June 2014


Dao Editor Colin Hambrook was invited to speak about Disability Arts Online at SenseAbility – an event held at the Pound Arts Centre, Corsham from 10-14 June. The festival, exploring inclusion in the arts and community, was organized by Tanvir Bush in partnership with Bath Spa University. This feature contains a transcript of his presentation

Debjani Chatterjee: A Miscellany

13 January 2015


Award-winning poet-translator, Debjani Chatterjee MBE, shares a few poems from her collections, including her latest book 'Do You Hear the Storm Sing?' (Core Publications, winter 2014). She has been called 'a rainbow spirit' (Paul Beasley) and 'a voice of rare originality' (David Morley).