Gold Maria Akanbi is a British-Nigerian multi-disciplinary artist, who is neurodiverse. The Misunderstandings of the Other Side was commissioned to feature as part of DaDaFest Translations. The video piece explores Gold’s relationship with the world and other people as someone who has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The artist talks to Steph Niciu about how art helps her interact with the world and her own identity.
For the first time in its history, DaDaFest conducted its festival completely online. Steph Niciu reviews an event from day five of DaDaFest’s Translations – Aidan Moesby’s premiere event for I Was Naked, Smelling of Rain, which took place over Zoom on 1 December.
Accentuate’s project History of Place held its ‘Rethinking Disability’ symposium at the Museum of Liverpool on March 9th, to discuss what needs to change in museums and galleries when it comes to disability representation in the museum sector. Steph Niciu reflects on the afternoon and how it got her thinking in ways that she had not before.
When thinking about museums and galleries, the representation of disability is not something that springs to mind. In fact, it is very much overlooked to ...
Liverpool- based theatre company Elektric Apple are making their professional debut at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August with their show Dear Mr Dead Head. Steph Niciu talks to the company about their show and how they want to use it to challenge perceptions of people with learning disabilities.
Elektric Apple is a theatre company for people with learning disabilities that was set up in 2013. From deciding on a name (no one quite knows how, but the ‘k’ shows that they are different) and mot...
Steph Niciu co-ordinated the live-streaming of the first day of Congress, The Kindness of Strangers and Fat Activism at DaDaFest International Festival 2016 last November/ December. Here she talks about the importance of live-streaming in making the arts accessible to disabled people and the logistics of what makes a good live-stream broadcast.
As part of DaDaFest 2016, a live streaming service was launched to enable disabled people to watch events that they couldn’t attend personally. This w...
Cartoonopolis is an imaginary world created by Jack Bray, who has autism, as a way of making sense of his emotions and the world around him. Lewis, his older brother, brought Cartoonopolis to life at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool 20-21 June 2017, as part of his nationwide tour. Review by Steph Niciu.
Lewis, a graduate of the Iginition Artists’ Project at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, played 27 characters in 90 minutes in his one-man show. But before we got into the story, Lewis gave ...
Chester’s Kaleidoscope Festival showcased a screening of short films from Australia, Belgium, Denmark and the UK on 2 October, with an aim of normalising onscreen D/deafness. Steph Niciu went to find out more.
As part of DaDaFest and to mark the International Day of Disabled People, Disability Arts Online put on the event ‘Are we living in an era of post-Disability Art?’ at the Bluecoat in Liverpool. Steph Niciu went to find out more.
Emotional labour plays a crucial role in society. It’s time it was recognized and supported.
“Being a woman is work. We deserve to be recognised and for our labour to be valued. We deserve to be seen, heard and taken seriously, with recognition not just for what we do, but for what and who we are. We deserve autonomy, agency, and the right to choose our own path not predetermined by gendered expectations..."
I’ve been left on trains and called ‘a wheelchair’ – train companies need to improve their treatment of disabled customers
This week, BBC Rip Off Britain highlights the experience of disabled passengers on trains. Far too often, inaccessible transport stops disabled people from enjoying the same opportunities as everyone else. In some cases, people have been through stressful and upsetting incidents – from train staff forgetting them to being treated like an object. In this blog, Steph shares her experiences.
Every day across the UK 100s of disabled people are left stranded on train platforms. As a wheelchair use...
The Blind School: Pioneering People and Places focuses on the Royal School of the Blind, the UK’s first school for blind people, and delves into its history using a range of personal stories and objects. The exhibition is being held at the Museum of Liverpool 26 January – 15 April and has been curated in partnership with Accentuate’s History of Place project, which explores 800 years in the lives of deaf and disabled people.
DaDaFest explore the impact disability arts has had on Merseyside on the anniversary of the Bluecoat’s 300th year
DaDaFest hosted the symposium Disability Art: Past, Present and Possibilities on 22 September as part of the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The event explored a variety of aspects including the history and impact of DaDaFest, how disabled people are viewed by society, and the way in which Disability Arts has progressed and continues to evolve. Review by Steph Niciu.