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As well as being the director of DAO, Trish is also the project manager and co-producer for Freewheeling, the organisation producing Sue Austin's Unlimited commission 'Creating the Spectacle!' Here she blogs about her experiences of this ambitious, underwater wheelchair project.

Valuing the Difference

30 July 2015


Sue Austin, dressed formally in white with dark hair in up-do, next to Stacey Hadash, dressed in business wear with short blond bob-haircut.

Thursday 23rd July was the main event for our New York visit. Sue had been invited by Stacey Hadash, Managing Director of Global Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, to give the keynote speech at the annual Global Women’s Conference. This was a big deal. She would address a large group of powerful women who are real leaders in the world of global finance, the title of the talk being ‘Valuing the Difference’. Sue delivered a 20-minute talk centred on her journey...

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Finding commonalities between global banking and disability arts

22 July 2015


Image of glass high rise building in New York

Never in a million years did I think that my job in the UK disability arts scene would take me to a trading floor of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, just off Times Square in New York City. Somehow that is exactly what happened yesterday as I accompanied artist Sue Austin on yet another amazing adventure that has come as a result of her artwork with the underwater wheelchair.  Someone at TEDxWomen in Washington DC said to Sue that doing a TED talk would change her life and they weren’t...

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Lloyd Coleman's Dao commission 'Towards Harmony' is premiered by the Paraorchestra to an ovation from the audience

6 July 2015


On Friday 3rd July at Colston Hall in Bristol the British Paraorchestra rounded off the Fast Forward music festival with an impressive concert.  By way of introduction the Paraorchestra's founder and conductor Charles Hazlewood announced that Bristol is to be the new home of the orchestra to a roar of appreciation from the audience. This was an exciting day for the Dao team as the final piece in the programme was the 20 minute long Towards Harmony, commissioned by Dao with funding from...

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