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Colin Hambrook established Disability Arts Online in 2004. Since then he has been editing and maintaining the journal and its social media outlets. In his blog he comments on aspects of stuff going in within Disability Arts and the specific arts programmes Dao is engaged with.. as well being known to vent the occasional rant.

Colin visits the David Hockney exhibition at the RA

26 March 2012


image of a Hockney landscape, looking down a hill at a long, winding road

Judging by the numbers of disabled people I saw at the Royal Academy's David Hockney exhibition last Saturday, there is a will that goes beyond simply paying lip service to accessibility, to market the gallery to include disabled people. The huge scale of the work on show, and the use of vivid colour means this exhibition is largely accessible for visitors with a range of sight impairments. The audio-guides provided had some clear, informative descriptions of the scale and detail of the...

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Colin visits Sanchita Islam's Pigment Explosion Party

12 March 2012


intricate drawing of an inner landscape, using a range of media

Creativity is a place where difficulty and beauty can share the same bed and offer something of value. The Creative Case for Diversity is an approach - mooted by the Arts Council - in an attempt to have a conversation about how it is that Art that comes from artists outside the usual narrow definition of who can be defined an artist and what can be defined as art, is often the most original work being produced. DAO as a platform has attempted over recent years, to open its pages up to work by...

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Colin comments on DAO discussions around disability/ inclusive theatre-making

8 March 2012


three dancers perform outdoors, covered in paint, with a large action painting in the background

DAO has published a couple of reports, recently on events about access to theatre and theatre-making. In her review on The Scottish Dance Theatre’s Pathways to the Profession Symposium, Jo Verrent concludes that the discussion at the conference “isn’t a battle for access, it’s about a critical contribution to culture.” Putting our experience as ‘diverse’ artists, out there is a process of finding the keys held by the gatekeepers, in a climate ever more...

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DAO's Director, Trish Wheatley invites readers to air their views on DAO in return for the chance to win £40 of Amazon vouchers

1 March 2012


DAO is currently attracting record numbers of readers peaking at 14,000 visitors per month viewing over 32,000 pages in February, which is absolutely fantastic. Thank you to all our writers and readers for their contibutions and do keep returning for all the latest in blogs, news, reviews, listings and much more.  As we gear up for an unprecedented year of cultural activity we are keen to collect your thoughts on DAO's successes and areas in which we could improve. It would help us enormously...

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