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Disability Arts Chronology: 1977 - 2003

This Chronology by Allan Sutherland, covers the major events of Disability Arts from the movement's inception in the late 1970s / early 1980s to the end of March 2003.

Allan Sutherland: What is Disability Arts?

What are the issues which have underpinned the development of Disability Arts? Allan Sutherland offers a concise explanation.

Ruth Bailey: What is Disability Theatre?

Ruth Bailey give an overview of the development of some of the main contenders.

Critical Writing Masterclass

A group of disabled writers were invited by New Writing South and DAO (Disability Arts Online) to a series of seminars to develop skills in critical writing and gain an understanding of its role within the world of news media and publishing

Sync: Leadership for Disabled People
Sync is a leadership development programme for disabled people, that aims to look at how disabled people experience leadership
NWDAF masterclass lead by Nabil Shaban
Kevin Donnellon takes part in a series of workshops hosted by NWDAF and asks what lessons we can learn from the past
Graeae Theatre: Missing Pieces
Penny Pepper experiences Graeae Theatre Company's free performance training course for aspiring actors with sensory and physical disabilities
West Midlands Disability Arts Forum: Common Sense
Common Sense is a pioneering series of events, organised by West Midlands Disability Arts Forum (WMDAF)
Graeae Theatre: Scene Change
Alex Bulmer talks to Joe McConnell about Graeae's new performing arts training programme Scene Change
Shape Arts: Link Up
DAO asked Shape London about its scheme which aims to provide one-to-one mentoring for disabled artists.
The National Disability Arts Collection
The National Disability Arts Collection & Archive: The Story So Far… (November 2005)
CandoCo Foundation Course
The CandoCo Foundation Course in Dance is the first of its kind offering an opportunity for disabled students to realise their potential.
Resources: my top ten writing tips for aspiring drama writers

Mandy Redvers-Rowe from the newly-reformed ‘So Many Excuses' offers her top ten writing tips for aspiring Drama writers.

Resources: The MeCCSA Disability Studies Network

Alison Wilde introduces The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Disability Studies Network. MeCCSA aims to support and promote the development of the research and teaching of Disability Studies within Media Studies and to provide a space to support and promote the work of disabled academics, lecturers, researchers and media practitioners working in Higher Education.

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.

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.

Gallery: Peter Street: Memories of the Disability Action Network

The Disability Action Network carried out many protests against the lack of accessible transport (amongst other things) during the latter half of the 1990’s. Peter Street recalls some of the action and shares some of his dramatic photographs.

Research: Colin Hambrook and Dr Paul A. Darke in Discussion about Disability Art

Dr Paul A. Darke is in conversation with Colin Hambrook - editor of Disability Arts Online. Colin and Paul have been working in Disability Arts for a combined total of 40 years; in a film conversation between the two at Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton the two discuss the past, present and future direction of Disability Arts.

Discussion: Further towards an Affirmative Model of Disability

Colin Cameron has been conducting PhD research at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, looking at an affirmative model of disability. Colin Hambrook interviews Cameron to discover how his work is defining and redefining models of disability.

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.

Research: Art, Disability and Community Integration - a report by Matthew Edmonds

With an award from the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship, writer, Matthew Edmonds undertook research, looking at the importance of integration and the need for accessible artistic forums. He posts his report on Dao.


Recommended list of books and journals

This section of Dao's research pages features a series of academic journals, books, novels and literature, which discusses disability. If you know of a book or journal you think Dao's readers would be interested in knowing about please send details to Dao's editor Colin Hambrook via

SenseAbility presentation: Ten Years of Dao: a potted history

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

Why we are disabled people, not people with disabilities

Okay, so what’s the beef with language? Why is it important to us to be named as ‘disabled people’, rather than ‘people with disabilities’. Dr Colin Cameron gives an overview of the Social Model of Disability, which has underpinned the Disability Arts and the Disability Rights Movement over the last 30 years. He explains why 'disability' has come to denote the barrriers disabled people face, rather than the impairments we live with.

Resource: Crowdfunding for Organisations

As part of a Catalyst project, working with Stopgap, Salisbury Arts Centre and The Point, Dao-ista Alice Holland took on the task of producing a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for a show by disabled punk performance poet Rowan James: 'It's For You To Say'. Here she gives some background to the thinking behind the project.