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Here you will find the latest project blogs with writing, artwork, photos and videos from the D4D team and community.

Disconsortia’s Digital Exhibition, At the Table

Black and white photograph of The bottom half of a prosthetic leg sheath

At the Table is a digital exhibition of work by 17 disabled artists from North East collective, Disconsortia. It features poetry, visual arts, film, performance and a podcast amongst other things. The work was produced as the first collective project curating these artists work into one exhibition. Review by James Zatka-Haas.

Disconsortia Means

still from video of artist performing bsl poem

Colly Metcalfe shares a creative response in British Sign Language of the impact of being part of the artists’ collective ‘Disconsortia’ on her practice as an artist. Disconsortia is an artist-led collective based in the north-east and supported by Disability Arts Online through Electric Bodies.

disconsortia: a time 2 grow

two artworks made of hand-painted text on a black background

as part of a series of artistic responses from the artist-led initiative disconsortia, based in the north-east and supported by Disability Arts Online through our D4D project, gobscure posts a duo of images reflecting on the collective.

Disconsortia: a vehicle for responding to the crisis

Digital embossed, silver image of a grocery delivery

As part of a series documenting the development of artist-led initiative Disconsortia, based in the North-east and supported by Disability Arts Online through Electric Bodies, award-winning internationally exhibiting artist Simon McKeown shares his thoughts on lockdown and the support of the collective in developing artwork responding to the crisis.

Disconsortia: an unexpected key

headshot of an artist wearing a sculpted key from their right ear

As part of a series of artistic responses from the artist-led initiative Disconsortia, based in the North-east and supported by Disability Arts Online through our D4D project, Lady Kitt shares artwork they have been developing with the support of the collective.

Electric Bodies animations

line drawing of a skull with a mohican

Electric Bodies is a series of eight poetry cycles by Allan Sutherland taken from the transcripts of oral history interviews with practitioners from within the Disability Arts Movement. Within the context of the D4D project Electric Bodies aims to examine aspects of disabled artists lives that give voice to some of the main concerns of the disability arts movement. As part of the program Mark Hetherington made the following series of animations, using drawings by Colin Hambrook illustrating Allan Sutherland’s transcription poetry cycles

The Bushwick Book Club presents artistic responses to Tanvir Bush’s ‘Cull’

A very large cake with the CULL novel cover design on it

On Saturday 25 January 2020, the Bushwick Book Club presented artists’ responses to CULL, Tanvir Bush’s sharp, outrageous, and uncomfortable satire about the deadly underside side of discrimination. Author and researcher Dr. Tanvir Bush, wrote this dark satire about the current British welfare system highlighting the desperate plight of disabled people in Britain today.