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: Thompson Hall: 'Home Away from Home'
News: HOUSE and Outside In present Thompson Hall exhibition at Regency Town House
Review: Daily Life Ltd and Bobby Baker 'Letting in the Light'
Review: Shape Open 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
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.
News: Kate Murdoch announced as Shape Open 2016 winner
Review: Attenborough Arts Centre official launch: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Interview: A clear sense of direction – Elinor Rowlands
Review: Mental Spaghetti: The Mind Machine
News: Disability Arts Cymru celebrates poetry competition winners with launch of an e-book
Last year Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) launched its first Annual Poetry Competition. Each of the poems was written in response to a piece of artwork from DAC's Annual Touring Exhibition 2015. The winning poems are accompanied by the artworks that inspired them in an e-book, which is now being made freely available to the public.
Review: #SummitPortrayed: Tanya Raabe-Webber
Interview: Words, Pictures, Food and Laundry – a portrait of an artist who refuses categorisation
Review: Shape Gallery: Ilham Exhibition
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
Review: Together! Not So Private View: Colin Hambrook and Bruchinaarts
News: The 'wavelength project' investigates the brain's responses to sound and light
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
'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.
Review: Edinburgh Festival: Audio-description at the Unlimited Exhibition... Summerhall
Gallery: Emma Stephenson
Interview: flip Artists: The View From Here
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: Edinburgh Festival: Unlimited Exhibition... Summerhall
News: Artist Shortlist Announced for the eighth Shape Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary
Review: DoesLiverpool: DesktopProsthetics workshop and exhibition at FACT
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
News: Disabled artists take centre stage at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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.
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
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
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.
Interview: Richard Butchins talks about his Unlimited R&D piece: '213 Things About Me'
Aaron Williamson: Demonstrating the World
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...
Gallery: Sanchita Islam: Schizophrenics Can Be Good Mothers Too
Review: Daily Life Ltd: Expert View Symposium... let them eat cake
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.
News: Internationally acclaimed artist Sue Austin launches “Immersed in 360”
Review: Q S Lam: Schizophrenics Can Be Good Mothers Too
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
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
News: Unlimited 2015 - Round Two Commission Launch
Review: Shape: Shortlist 7 Exhibition
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
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.
News: Unlimited Launches New Commissioning Round with Nine Highly Ambitious and Diverse New Works
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
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.
Review: Lea Cummings: Infinite Psychic Love Explosion
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
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
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'
News: Kent-Based Deaf Visual Artist Cycling to Paris to support Shape
Review: The Ugly Girl: A Musical Tragedy in Burlesque by Terry Galloway
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'.
Review: DaDaFest International 2014: Rachel Gadsden Al Noor: Fragile Vision
Opinion: DaDaFest International 2014: The Big Debate
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.
News: FACT in Liverpool support exciting upcoming project Madlove by artist James Leadbitter
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has been successful in an application for £29,870 of funding from the Wellcome Trust. The money will allow FACT to realise an exciting participatory installation called Madlove by artist James Leadbitter as part of next spring’s Group Therapy exhibition.
Review: InTouch at the RA: an audio described tour of the 'Giovanni Battista Moroni' exhibition
Stephen Portlock relays his experience of an audio described tour of the 'Giovanni Battista Moroni' exhibition, at the Royal Academy, London - one in a programme of ongoing accessible events at the gallery, designed to draw an audience of disabled visitors and disabled artists.
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.
Review: DaDaFest International Congress: Disability Culture and Human Rights
Interview: Tony Heaton on the next tranche of Unlimited applications
Review: DaDaFest International 2014: Art of Living the Experiment
Review: DaDaFest International 2014: Ship of Fools
Review: DaDaFest International 2014: Unsung Hero: Liverpool's Most Radical Son
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
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...
Review: DaDaFest International 2014: Art of the Lived Experiment
News: Unlimited opens the second round of submissions
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
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
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
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: Artists Commissions Announced to commemorate historic anniversaries in 2015
News: Jon Adams wins award for Democracy Street
News: Together! 2014 Disability History Month Festival
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.
News: Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2014 at the V&A - Winner Announced
News: Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2014 Shortlist Announced
News: DaDaFest International 2014: Art of the Lived Experiment exhibition announced
Review: Unlimited 2014: Bekki Perriman: The Doorways Project
Review: Unlimited 2014: Lea Cummings: ‘Cosmic fields of endless possibilities’
Review: Unlimited 2014 Katherine Araniello, The Dinner Party Revisited
News: From sea to sky: Artist Sue Austin takes wheelchair to dizzy new heights
Review: Unlimited 2014 Opening event: Does It Matter? World War I Shorts
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
Interview: Unlimited’s Senior Producer Jo Verrent introduces the commissions programme
Interview: Unlimited 2014: Aidan Moesby and Pum Dunbar: Fragmenting The Code(x)
Opinion: Unlimited 2014: Katherine Araniello hosts The Dinner Party Revisited
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: Sue Austin talks about 'Creating the Spectacle'
Interview: Unlimited 2014: Katherine Araniello hosts The Dinner Party Revisited
Interview: Unlimited 2014: The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) by Juan delGado
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
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
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
Interview: Wendy Martin talks about her plans for programming Unlimited 2014 at the Southbank Centre
Unlimited, led by Shape and ArtsAdmin, returns this September for another festival showcase at London’s Southbank Centre. Bella Todd talks to Wendy Martin, Head of Performance and Dance about her expectations for presenting the work of Deaf and disabled artists at the largest arts venue in Europe
Review: Shape Gallery: Shortlist 6
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.
Review: From There to Here: The hidden history of People with Learning Difficulties at Liverpool Museum
Visiting a provocative exhibition on at the Museum of Liverpool until 13 July, Jade French explores the unseen history of people with learning difficulties and asks: why aren’t we doing more in our galleries to make ideas accessible? Article reproduced with kind permission of The Double Negative.
Review: Katherine Araniello & Jenna Finch: Screw the Taboo
Gallery: David Beaumont
Review: Hayward Gallery host Martin Creed's 'What's the point of it?'
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.
Profile: Driving Inspiration: teams up disabled artists and Paralympians with disabled and non-disabled young people
Review: Creative Minds South East one-day conference
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?’
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...
Review: Together 2013
News: Yinka Shonibare helps Disabled Artists get into Shape this Christmas
Review: BBC Imagine: Turning the Art World Inside Out
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
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.
Research: Art, Disability and Community Integration - a report by Matthew Edmonds
News: Shape announce winner of Adam Reynolds Bursary 2013
News: Touch Art Fair pioneers a new approach to presenting visual arts
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
News: Yinka Shonibare MBE announces winning artists for Shape Open 2013
Overview: Common Pulse: Intersecting Abilities
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.
News: CoolTan Arts shortlisted for Guardian Charity Awards from 1300 entrants
Review: The Art of Bounce: Disability Arts Festival in Belfast
Review: Short Circuit: When Disability And Digital Collide
News: 900 Years of Light: Multimedia performance at Exeter Cathedral
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.
News: Jos Boys to publish 'Doing Disability Differently' - a new book on Disability and Architecture
Jos Boys invites DAO readers to suggest buildings they like for a book aimed at architects, exploring how they can be more engaged and creative around disability in their design work; so that accessibility and inclusive design become integral to their design thinking and doing, rather than as just an afterthought at the end of the architectural process.
Interview: Colin Hambrook talks to Anne Teahan about 'Knitting Time'
Gallery: Aidan Moesby: Hang on it'll be okay - an artistic response to The West Yorkshire Playhouse
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
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...
News: Yinka Shonibare announced as patron and selection panel judge for the Shape Open 2013
News: Pallant House Gallery’s innovative project, Outside In, wins prestigious Charity Award
Review: Alternative Guide to the Universe at the Hayward Gallery, London
Gallery: Dolly Sen: Portugal Prints working with the Royal Academy of Arts
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
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
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.
Juan delGado: Fluctuation in Time
Review: PhotoVoice’s launch ‘Able Voices: Participatory photography as a tool for for inclusion’
Review: Side by Side Exhibition at the Southbank Centre
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
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
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
Review: Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists' Studios ‘Pathways to Practice’ symposium
Review: Shape In The City’s Pop-Up Gallery
Review: SICK! Festival presents Jochem Stavenuiter's Eleonora
Review: SICK! Festival presents Under Observation
News: The Basement presents Sick! a Festival of Contemporary Performance
Gallery: Liz Crow: Bedding In, Bedding Out - a live durational performance
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.
News: Six Deaf Explorers embark on journeys to support arts development and cultural exchange
News: The Art House secures funding for development of Wakefield’s Drury Lane Library as artists’ spaces
Review: Unlimited: an evening of film in the Southbank Centre
Review: Light Show at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre
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.
Interview: Sue Austin talks about the impact 'Unlimited' has had on her life since her showcase of Creating the Spectacle
Following our series of interviews on the legacy of the showcase of Unlimited commissions by disabled artists at the Southbank Centre as part of London 2012, Nina Muehlemann talks to Sue Austin about her expectations of being a part of Unlimited. What has she achieved with Creating the Spectacle? What are the artists' future plans?
Review: DASH and Live Art Development Agency present M21: From the Medieval to the 21st Century
On 24 January, Toynbee Studios in East London saw the launch of a joint Dash, Live Art Development Agency publication: ‘M21: from the Medieval to the 21st Century'. Several disabled artists commissioned through the Unlimited programme were there to talk about their experience. Richard Downes reports.
Review: Shape present 'Perceptions Of Balance'
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
Interview: Luke Pell talks in-depth about his involvement with the 2012 ‘Unlimited’ commissions shown as part of the Cultural Olympiad
Following our series of interviews on the legacy of the Unlimited programme of work by disabled artists, which travelled the length and breadth of the UK in 2012, Nina Muehlemann talks to Luke Pell about his expectations for the commissions and the festival. She asks him about the next steps in his career after working with Candoco?
Interview: Jo Verrent talks in-depth about her involvement with the 2012 ‘Unlimited’ commissions shown as part of the Cultural Olympiad
Following our series of interviews on the legacy of the Unlimited programme of work by disabled artists, which travelled the length and breadth of the UK in 2012, Nina Muehlemann talks to Jo Verrent about her involvement as well as her hopes, fears and expectations for Unlimited
News: British-Bangladeshi artist Sanchita Islam presents The Rebel Within at Rich Mix, London
Review: CoolTan Arts: 'The Winter Edition'
Crippen presents the Criptarts
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.
Interview: John O'Donoghue talks to Tony Heaton, Shape CEO
Review: Shape present The Adam Reynolds Bursary Shortlist Five and the First Four
Review: Liz Crow presents 'Bedding In' as part of The Spill Festival
Interview: Ruth Gould on DaDaFest's 'Outrageous Ambitions'
Review: Together 2012 Festival Launched
Aaron Williamson: Tales of Life Models in the Walker Art Gallery's 'High Victorian Art' Room 8
Commissioned by DaDaFest 2012 as part of 'Niet Normaal: Difference on Display' in association with Liverpool Biennial, Aaron Williamson has created a tour into researching the personal histories of the life models who posed for some of the Victorian painters whose work is on display in the Walker Gallery, Liverpool.
Review: The World Press Photo Awards 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall
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
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.
Preview: Lets Make History Together 2012
Gallery: Grace Eyre Foundation
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
Simon Raven: Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary
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
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 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
News: Liz Crow's latest work to be featured at SPILL Festival
Review: Free: Art by Offenders, Secure Patients and Detainees
Review: SOMEDAY ALL THE ADULTS WILL DIE: Punk Graphics 1971- 1984 at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre
Review: Unlimited Global Alchemy: Rachel Gadsden and the Bambanini
Review: Unlimited: The Garden
Review: Unlimited: Maurice Orr's 'The Screaming Silence of the Wind'
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'
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
Review: Superhuman at the Wellcome Trust
Review: Mark Ware's 'Cathedra 900' at Exeter Cathedral
Review: Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye at Tate Modern
Review: Simon McKeown's 'Motion Disabled: Unlimited'
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
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.
News: Jon Adams recognised by Royal Society of Arts
News: DaDaFest 2012 commissions North-West based artists for Niet Normaal: Difference on Display
Review: Yoko Ono 'To The Light'
News: Unlimited Global Alchemy
News: Unity Festival International Disability Arts Festival in Cardiff
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
Review: Hayward Gallery presents Invisible – Art of the Unseen 1957-2012
News: DaDaFest gets a makeover!
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.
Gallery: Vince Laws - HM The Queen Never... plaques
Preview: One Morning In May - Noëmi Lakmaier
Review: Shape Open
News: Multimedia art project to be staged at Exeter Cathedral
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
News: DaDaFest 2012 presents Niet Normaal - Difference on Display
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
Review: Ardent Hare present First Impressions - a Go Public commission
Review: SELECT EDIT: PUBLIC PRIVATE
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
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
Review: Spare Tyre launch Picture Me as part of an International Women's Day celebration
Outside the New Diorama Theatre, a huge electronic woman is projected onto a high commercial building. She sways as if on a catwalk, endlessly walking on. Inside, Spare Tyre is celebrating International Women's Day, with a series of performances focussed on violence against women. Reviewed by Nicole Fordham Hodges
Review: Launching Rockets Never Gets Old
'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
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.
Review: Signs for Sounds: Contemporary Letterforming and Calligraphy
'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
Review: A Bigger Picture: David Hockney at the Royal Academy
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
Infinitas Gracias: Mexican Miracle Paintings
New Exhibition Invites Art on Disability
News: First Quarter of Shape Diamonds Programme Announced
Part of the Course: on the work of Bobby Baker
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
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’
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
Gallery: Charles Devus
Review: The View From Here
Proud - by Allan Sutherland from the words of Jennifer Taylor
This Hearing Thing - by Allan Sutherland from the words of Wendy Bryant
Dan Dare Braces - by Allan Sutherland from the words of Peter Moore
News: AMIs 2011: Royal College of Physicians and Shape win prestigious award for ‘inspired’ exhibition
News: DadaFest 2012: Dates and theme announced
Review: Alf Wiltshire
Seeing in close up: exploring the work of photorealist painter Chuck Close
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…
News: CoolTan Arts walk with Arthur Smith in celebration of World Mental Health Day 2011
Review: Bobby Baker - Mad Gyms and Kitchens
Review: Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me by Bobby Baker
Research: Anne Teahan - Sharing Cultures: Disability and Visibility
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 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: Longcare Survivors: Biography of a Care Scandal
Review: Nick Blinko's 'Visions of Pope Adrian 37th'
Review: Outside In Launch
Preview: Revealing Culture: HeadOn - Portraits of the Untold by Tanya Raabe
News: Video artwork by Chris Tally Evans has been selected for VSA in Washington DC
Review: 'Labyrinth of Living Exhibits'
Review: The Great Wall of Vagina by Jamie McCartney
Review: Bruce Davies exhibition: WASTE/LAND/PROCESS
Research: Anne Teahan - 'Sharing Cultures'
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
The Philosophical Ramblers Club
Ju Gosling's blog
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
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
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.
Interview: Matthew Miller talks about Fabrica's House of Vernacular exhibition
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
Profile: StopGAP Dance Company present a new double bill - Trespass
Profile: Deafinitely Creative
Anne Teahan: Sharing Cultures: Disability and Visibility
‘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.
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
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.
Caroline Cardus' blog
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
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.
Dysarticulate: a DIY intervention from Creative Campus
Gallery: Altered Images
Review: Contemporary Art from Iraq at Cornerhouse, Manchester
Gallery: Maureen Oliver
Gallery: Aidan Moesby
Gallery: Nancy Willis presents Transformation
Gallery: Harry Matthews' visionary artworks
Profile: Kit Wells - The Figure in the Urban Landscape
Gallery: urban wastelands, desolate places by Kit Wells
Transformation by Nancy Willis
Review: Billy Childish - Unknowable but Certain at the ICA, London
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
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
Interview: Noemi Lakmaier discusses her work for Shape's Animate programme
Interview: Tony Heaton discusses Shape's Animate artists' talks
Review: 100 Artists for World Aids Day, Sussex Beacon, Brighton
Discussion: Art of Difference Festival and Symposium 2009
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: DaDaFest 2009 - Kevin Connolly's Rolling Exhibition at Open Eye Gallery
Review: Miroslaw Balka's How It Is at Tate Modern - how it was for one visually impaired art lover
Review: Jon Adams - the Goose on the Hill
Gallery: David Feingold
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.
Gallery: Jon Adams presents The Goose on the Hill
Profile: Jon Adams: The Goose on the Hill
Review: 'Outside In' at Pallant House by Colin Hambrook
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
'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.
Gallery: Caroline Cardus' artwork from the Driving Inspiration project
Review: Simon Mckeown's digital artwork 'Motion Disabled'
Disabled artists explore scientific ideas
Pauline Alexander Blog
Disability Art and Science: Resonant Frequency
Alan Scott: in memoriam
Caroline Cardus: Hidden Battles
Jon Adams: Word Wall
Paralympic Handover day
Art and Power: transformARTive
Interview: Gus Cummins talks about his new work Ictal
Open Studio with Noëmi Lakmaier
Ju Gosling: Abnormal
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
Pauline Alexander: the Many Faces of Discrimination
In Touch with Art: Conference on Art, Museums and Visual Impairment
Liz Porter attends an International Conference on Art, Museums and Visual Impairment held November 2007 at the V&A, London
InterAction Milton Keynes: Ways of Seeing
Interview: Noëmi Lakmaier Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary winner
Tanya Raabe: Artist on the Edge
Ju Gosling: Towards a Scientific Model of Disability
The Studio Project: Intoart
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
Chris Hammond Gallery
Interview: Chris Hammond talks about Full Circle Arts
Tales from the Boarders
Gallery: Tales From The Boarders
Yinka Shonibare: Adam Reynolds bursary
Christine Finn: Leave Home Stay
Colin Hambrook talks about the impact of Christine Finn's installation 'Leave-Home-Stay'
Gallery: Tony Heaton
Holton Lee Disability Arts Open Exhibition
Tony Heaton: Squaring The Circle
Tommy McHugh: The Universe Explodes
Danny Start reviews a Liverpool artist whose creativity came to the fore after having a stroke
National Disability Arts Collection and Archive
Tim Jeeves: A portrait of a young man as the (disabled) artist
The Disabled Avant-Garde Today!
Benedict Phillips: Invisible Apartheid of Words
Benedict Phillips: Invisible Apartheid of Words
Joe McConnell talks to Juan delGado about his cutting edge work using photography and video installation
On The Next Level: Space Between
On The Next Level: Labels Seminar
Inner Worlds Outside
James Aldridge: Inside-Out
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
Nancy Willis: Early Days Gallery
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
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.
James Aldridge: Inside-Out
James Aldridge explores his relationship to disability and impairment
Sculptural and visual arts pieces from John Exell in conjunction with Centrepieces - a Mental health system user-led art group in Crayford, Kent
Interview: Pádraig Naughton: The Power of Touch
Joe McConnell talks to Pádraig Naughton about his journey as a visual artist with a sight impairment.
Sue Williams: Urban Regeneration
Interview: Cathy Woolley
Melissa Mostyn talks to Cathy Woolley about her work and inspiration as artist and friend.
Art + Power
Art + Power
Gallery of work from Art + Power, a learning disability group based in Bristol.
Adam Reynolds: an Obituary
Disability Arts Moments
Sue Williams: Urban Regeneration
The National Disability Arts Collection
National Disability Arts Collection and Archive
National Disability Arts Collection and Archive
An introduction to the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive at Holton Lee
Paddy Masefield Award
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
Rachel Gadsden: Beyond the Asylum
Making History with a Salon
Melissa Mostyn states the case for a Deaf Arts Salon.
Colin Hambrook: Dreams of the Absurd
Making paintings and prints about his experience of visions, hallucinations and dreams, brought Colin Hambrook into contact with emerging Disability Arts.
Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors. Late Works 1950-1954
North West Disability Arts Forum: TransART
Paul Cade: Sanity for Vanity
Colin Hambrook recently saw Paul Cade's breathtaking work and decided to visit the artist in person.
Liz Crow: Frida Kahlo’s Corset
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
West Midlands Disability Arts Forum: Common Sense
Common Sense is a pioneering series of events, organised by West Midlands Disability Arts Forum (WMDAF)
Alison Jones: The Smell of Honey
Alison Jones, acclaimed visual artist, talks to Joe McConnell about her exploration of multisensory experience.
Mark Ware: Mind Games
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
Yinka Shonibare: Turner Prize (2004)
Deborah Williams reviews the work of Turner Prize (2004) nominee Yinka Shonibare.
Art Through Touch
Visually impaired artist Lynn Cox explains why this London-based project is so ground-breaking
Xposure 2004: London Festival of Deaf and Disability Arts
The third Xposure Arts Festival, which ran from 1 to 27 November 2004, is one of the largest festivals of disabled artists and performers in the UK.
Gemma Nash looks forward to DaDaFest 2004.
Dave Lupton: Crippen Cartoons
Caroline Cardus: The Way Ahead
Natalie Andrews from Dada-South writes about the touring exhibition Way Ahead.
Damien Robinson: Songbird
Deaf artist Damien Robinson talks to Ele Carpenter about an intriguing audio installation, which explores the relationship between sound and vibration.