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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 Hambrook on the 10,000 Cuts and Counting, memorial service and protest

29 September 2013


The spread of Atos' tentacles. Cartoon by Crippen

I was asked by Occupy London to find disabled performers to take part in the memorial service and protest against ATOS and the Work Capability Assessment which took place on Saturday 28 September in Parliament Square. And so my thanks go to Sophie Partridge, Penny Pepper, John Kelly and Dickie Lupton who took to the stage to join their voices with those of many other disabled activists, MPs, GPs, the War On Welfare (WOW) petition and the Dean of St Paul's, the Reverend David Ison, who was...

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Karen's Story - RIP Karen Sherlock, Disability Rights Campaigner - Died June 8th 2012

25 September 2013


Crippen ATOS cartoon with a wry comment on David Cameron's attitude to ATOS and the work capability assessment

I have been preparing for the memorial event in Parliament Square this coming Saturday and have re-read Karen Sherlock’s story on Bendy Girl’s ‘Benefit Scrounging Scum’ blog. Karen’s story is sadly not unremarkable – judging by the numbers of disabled individuals who have undergone intimidation and dehumanisation as a result of ATOS’ Work Capability Assessment. From the stories I’ve heard it is pretty much a lottery as to how you get treated by...

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Colin Hambrook gets ready for the 10,000 Cuts & Counting... ceremony of remembrance

18 September 2013


Crippen cartoon showing a drawing of two men standing alongside a grave that has a gravestone that reads ‘RIP along with a wheelchair symbol.

Over the past week or so I’ve been working on helping get a memorial event together to mark the devastating impact of the Work Capability Assessment on the disabled community. Sometimes awareness of adversity can bring together the most unlikely bedfellows. I’m not sure who made the first move but campaigners from Occupy London - famous for camping outside St. Paul’s, have been meeting with Michael Meacher MP and the Cathedral’s Dean - The Reverend Dr David Ison - to...

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Trish Wheatley explains the Catalyst consultancy DAO is engaged in

17 September 2013


Image shows cluster of logos for DAO, Salisbury Arts Centre, Stopgap and The Point

There’s something about the word catalyst that I find exciting and inspiring. It’s evocative of hope and change but also science and chemistry. The Arts Council’s Catalyst programme “offers organisations the opportunity to move their fundraising and development expertise onto the next level” Through a consortium project DAO, Salisbury Arts Centre, The Point Eastleigh and Stopgap Dance Company are using this programme to attempt exactly that. Each organisation has...

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Liberty? What Liberty?

9 September 2013


expressionistic drawing  of a wheelchair-user confined by a cube

I found myself wondering what David Morris - one the key people involved in the creation of the Liberty Festival - would of thought of last Saturday's event? In 2010 the festival was dedicated to his memory and the festival banners had his words: “Together we can change our world” – emblazoned across them. True, last Saturday was a good day out. I was grateful for the opportunity to see old friends - some of whom I hadn't seen for years. And there were some stunning...

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