5 Jun 2020

Lockdown Playlist II: Food for Thought


Photo: (L-R) Bethany Murray, Nickie Miles-Wildin, Tammy Reynolds and Dr. Erin Pritchard at our Rushton Lecture 2019

Following on from our self-isolation playlist of top entertainment picks from disabled artists, we’ve put together some suggestions of talks, discussions and more to help you explore issues around disability arts from home.


DaDaFest: Rushton Lecture
Did you know we host an annual discussion event named after historic Liverpool social campaigner, Edward Rushton? Our latest keynote was delivered by Graeae associate director, Nickie Miles-Wildin, and you can now watch in it full on our YouTube channel.



With For About 2020 conference

St Helens arts organisation, Heart of Glass, are holding an online ‘slow conference for a fast evolving crisis’ continuing over the next 5 weeks. It will create a ‘vital, slow and complex space between art, activism, care and social practice in response to COVID-19’ and we’re particularly excited for contributions from our previously supported artist, Martin O’Brien. Watch the first episode here:


WoWFest: Lockdown
Currently ongoing, Liverpool’s literary festival, Writing on the Wall, features diverse voices including those of disabled performers such as Amina Atiq, Rosie Jones and Francesca Martinez. Find a playlist of the events so far here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-62f6iVAIZVWKO2ME8KinA

The Wrong Woman Discussions
A new commission as part of Home Manchester’s ‘Homemakers’ programme, this is a fab discussion  series between disabled women performance makers. Put together by Vici-Wreford-Sinnott it includes Bea Webster, Melissa Johns and DaDaFest-showcased artists, Tammy Reynolds and Julie McNamarahttps://homemcr.org/production/siege-part-1/


DaDaFest: Rushton Panel Discussion
For further discussion around disabled women in the arts, check out this powerful and at times hilarious panel discussion between Nickie Miles-Wildin, Jackie Hagan, Tammy Reynolds, Dr. Erin Pritachard and Bethany Murray. You can also read our blog here for a summary of our Rushton day events: https://www.dadafest.co.uk/article/marshmallows-and-squadgoals


Unlimited: The Symposium
You can find over 5 hours-worth of talks and discussions recorded at the disability arts symposium run by our friends, Unlimited, in 2018. It featured thinkers and artists from across the world and covered a range of topics. Find out more here: https://weareunlimited.org.uk/symposium/


Podcast: ‘Disability and…’
Did you know Disability Arts Online and Graeae have a podcast? It’s a great way of hearing from a range of disabled artists, and has featured plenty of our friends and showcased artists. Listen to the latest episode, featuring Alexandrina Helmsley and Deborah Williams, transcripts also available:


The White Pube artist residencies
We’ve seen lots of exciting work from disabled artists showcased by alternative art critism website, The White Pube. One staff pick is this podcast from artist, Bella Milroy, exploring the concept of Mobility Shops and ‘alternatives to the dreaded, grey-beige-purgatory of how they exist today’:


DANC workshops
Make sure to follow Triple C's Disability Arts Networking Community for a rolling series of workshops for D/deaf and disabled artists from top industry figures and more.


Recipe for Scouse
Finally, learn how to make some actual food as Young DaDaFest members take us through elements that make up Liverpool’s culture, as well as the recipe for our traditional dish, scouse!


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