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Daily Paralympics

11 February 2016

Blog Kuli Kohli

Recently, I’ve had a few falls that knocked my confidence about. The thing about falling is that I always manage to get back up again; for those watching it’s quite shocking, however, for me it’s a regular activity.  My bodily balance isn't in equilibrium at the best of times but I try to deal with it in a positive way, adding my favourite word "Whoops-a-daisy!" to my daily dialogue. I wrote a piece about the Paralympics 2012, published in Disabled World....

A tribute to Junior Byles, a roots reggae pioneer

11 February 2016

Blog Frank Bangay

A photograph of reggae musician, Junior Byles performing on a stage.

Earlier this century I bought a copy of MOJO magazine. It had a free reggae compilation with it. One of the tracks on the CD was ‘A Place Called Africa’ by Junior Byles. The song is a heartfelt cry on the Rastafarian theme of repatriation. Listening to it reminded me how good Junior Byles is. This made me check out some of the man’s other work. We will return to his music shortly. First, I will tell you a bit about Junior Byles. His full name is Kerrie Byles Jr. He was born in...

Why Conducting?

9 February 2016

Blog James Rose

portrait of disabled conductor James Rose wearing a head baton

So why get into a really weird and specialised art form about which few people understand? I have set my sights high in committing to the journey of music conducting, I know, but it feels right.  Whilst I was preparing my application to the Arts Council, I was asked to write how the conducting was related to my past work, which is in primarily film-making. I wrote about how I used to conduct to music when I was little (when no one was looking!) using my head pointer. Plus, explained how I...

Adapting a play script for different settings

9 February 2016

Blog Clive Essame

Photograph of a three children taking part in a drama workshop based on Clive Essame's play, Impisi

My play Impisi was originally written as a two-hander and was created for specific actors, Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkwane. These two South Africans were very accomplished physical actors, one was trained at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq  and both of them had worked together for many years, in many countries including the UK at the Tricycle Theatre in London. Early on in the production process Bheki had to drop out because he was engaged to work...

Feb 2016 Blog

2 February 2016

Blog Alan Hopwood

February 2016   Blog It is difficult starting a new project. Having to develop a new visual language, to communicate new ideas, and when those ideas are connected to your own wellbeing, both physical and mental, it can be very hard to remain emotionally detached from what you are doing. I have felt some anxiety in these early stages of the project. Not knowing what to do is always a bit stressful, but mostly I have been excited and a little frustrated that my condition has flared up,...

Depressed Search Engine

2 February 2016

Blog Dolly Sen

Depressed Search Engine

I have already created a website experiencing psychosis http://internetbreakdown.com/   Today I decided to create a depressed search engine insisting that there isn't any point to looking for what you want.  I have self-hate in my programming too, the anti-virus is not sanity, that only makes my system crash again and again. To that end, I want to disrupt systems that produce ‘copy and paste’ identities/ thoughts/ perceptions/ life/ death, as a Trojan...

Review: Shape Open 2016

12 February 2016


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


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.

Review: Mental Spaghetti: The Mind Machine

28 January 2016


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.

Interview: A clear sense of direction – Elinor Rowlands

5 February 2016


“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.

Resource: Crowdfunding for Organisations

18 July 2015


As part of a Catalyst project, working with Stopgap, Salisbury Arts Centre and The Point, Dao-ista Alice Holland took on the task of producing a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for a show by disabled punk performance poet Rowan James: 'It's For You To Say'. Here she gives some background to the thinking behind the project.

Gallery: Emma Stephenson

5 September 2015


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.

Poetry: Angus McKenzie-Davie

25 January 2016


Angus M. D. writes about the experience of disability in both the real and virtual worlds. In the words of Dave Vanian: 'Feel the pain...'