About Me

Dolly Sen with hello kitty guitarAs a child, Dolly Sen was an alien in Empire Strikes Back. She knew then she would never know normal life. Her journey as an artist has taken her up a tree in Regents Park, to California’s Death Row, to the Barbican, Tower Bridge and the Royal Academy, Trafalgar Square, and up a ladder to screw a lightbulb into the sky.

Dolly’s creativity aims to put reality over her lap and slap its naughty arse.

Dolly is an award-winning writer, artist, performer and filmmaker.  She has had 10 books published.  Her subversive blogs around art, disability and humour have a huge international followingwww.disabilityartsonline.org.uk/dolly_sen_blog.  Since 2004 she has exhibited and performed internationally. More recently she has been working on her Section 136 project. Section 136 is a radical mental health art-action programme where madness is questioned, and institutional monsters are confronted using art, love, rage and sheep. Read more about it at www.section136.co.uk

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Dolly

    I have seen your clips on Healthtalk.org

    I was wondering if you might be interested in giving a talk (online video link, which I will organise) to our students on the topic of your experiences of mental health, using mental health services, particularly talking therapies, for a module called Professional issues in Psychotherapeutic Practice?

    These are third year BSc Psychology and Counselling students.

    The idea would be to help students to better understand what it is like from the client perspective.

    It could take any form over 50 minutes, a talk, or i could interview you, whatever you think would work best with students who will be beginners in the world of counselling.

    As a guest lecturer, the fee paid is £117.22.

    The module runs on Thursday mornings from 9am to 1pm, and will start in October.

    Many thanks for considering, and I am happy to chat on the phone if you like.

    Damien Ridge

    • Hello Damien, sorry for the delay, I had been locked out of my wordpress site. If the offer still stands I am happy to do it, let me know, best wishes, Dolly

  2. Hello,

    My name is Leah and I am now a student in University of Southampton studying Contemporary Curation. Due to the pandemic, our university decided to do an online exhibition as our final project. I want to include “help the normals” in my exhibition and since its online, I will only be using pictures to indicate the artwork. So Im just emailing you to ask permission to use pictures of those artworks.
    My exhibition is called “Teen Idle”, the description for my exhibition is “Due to lack of confidence, many teens would turn to celebrity idols to fulfil the emptiness in their heart. Most teenagers consider their life as an idle one because they are uncertain about their future and confused about their present life. They seek consolation and validation by mimicking the distinctive styles embraced by each idol. This exhibition is presented with a sarcastic approach, almost like a black comedy, to send the message of how most people, especially teenagers, at some point of their life, are all quite obsessed with pretty yet superficial stuff they see on tv or social media. This exhibition serves as a reminder that people should pay more attention to their loved ones instead of images on a screen.”
    If it is possible, I will only be using pictures of “help the normals” in my online exhibition.

    with regards

    • Hey there, sorry I haven’t got back sooner, but if you still want to use the image you can. If you do, can you please send me the link. All the best, Dolly

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