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Brain Dept

27 March 2015

Blog Jane McCormick

Brain Dept

Good to know someone's at the controls in the Brain Dept today because I'm sure as hell not.

Alan Hopwood blog 2

21 March 2015

Blog Alan Hopwood

Sea scape construct

Hello again, this is my second blog and I would like to continue introducing my creative processes and what drives me to make the art that I do. As I mentioned in the last blog, I have a condition that effects my joints and muscles causing varied amounts of pain and fatigue. This meant that each day was unpredictable and limited what I was able to do. I knew that I needed to try to remain mobile, so walking was vital; this is where the interest in photography developed, it made a slow walk much...

There aint ‘alf been some awkward bastards

16 March 2015

Blog Colin Hambrook: Editorial

the word 'anarkissed' written in a scrawling, heavy black and white hand across a white gallery wall

Having entered a decade akin to the Victorian age with an increasing rise in importance placed on benevolence and charity we have to ask ourselves is there a place, now, for Art Movements that seek to address social justice and inequity within society? Or do we rather want to throw in the towel; see it all as worthy nonsense and let the White Men in their ivory towers carry on business as usual putting the mundane and populist at the top of the charts. Has Disability Arts or Black Arts or...

Video: Introducing Paraorchestra member Baluji Shrivastav

16 March 2015

Blog Lloyd Coleman: The Sound of Disability

Watch the video below to hear how my piece (as yet untitled) is influenced by two musical ideas which originated in music of the Baroque era. I also provide demonstrable proof that composers don't always simply write down music that comes into our heads, aimlessly forming a piece as we go. Sometimes, it's possible to take a small idea and play with this using a variety of established compositional techniques.  Also in my video blog this week, Baluji Shrivastav - amongst the first...

Opinion: Assisted Suicide in the Theatre: Kill Me Now!

26 March 2015


Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, London have recently had a five week run of Kill Me Now - a black comedy by Canadian playwright Brad Fraser with director Braham Murray; and starring Greg Wise as Jake, a long-suffering father and Oliver Gomm as Joey, a young man living with cerebral palsy. In response Colin Hambrook asks whether the debate about assisted suicide is part of a much darker expression of the desire for power over other’s lives and...

Opinion: Trish Wheatley on Critiquing Learning Disability Performance

24 March 2015


On Monday 23rd March 2015 Mind the Gap hosted a conference about international learning disability performance. Trish Wheatley was asked to speak on the panel about critiquing learning disability performance – the ‘Quality’ debate. The extended version is published here. 

Opinion: Dao Writers on Literature

24 March 2015


Dao is building a collection of essays about representation of disbaility within literature. To start the ball rolling Dr Emmeline Burdett discusses the relationship between a disabled man and non-disabled woman in Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman.

Please do suggest books that you'd like to see reviewed here by emailing Colin Hambrook via editor[at]disabilityartsonline.org.uk


Opinion: Awkward Bastards: the fraudulent face of ‘Diversity’

23 March 2015


Awkward Bastards took over mac birmingham on 12th March, the day Terry Pratchett died and the day the government announced further cuts to disabled peoples’ Access to Work funding. Dao editor Colin Hambrook gives further reflection on the Symposium

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).