Artist CV

Bio and Overview

Lauren Saunders is an award winning and socially-engaged visual fine artist and activist living and working in Hull, UK. She responds to philosophical questions by translating her experiences into collage and by drawing experimentally in the expanded field. She is especially interested in questioning relational ethics between humanity and the environment, exploring how creative interventions can directly support wildlife and challenge audiences to reflect upon the climate crisis.

Lauren has delivered commissions and self-produced public engagement and participatory projects – such as the accessible arts journal The Critical Fish of which she is producer and editor – in a number of theatres, colleges, healthcare and community settings across the UK.


2020 – Untitled, The Art House, Wakefield (tbc – postponed due to Covid-19)
2020 – Fruit Factory Network Show, Humber Street Gallery, Hull (postponed due to Covid-19)

2020 – Feral Reveal, Humber Street, Hull
2019 – Rejects Show, Bean and Nothingness, Hull
2019 – Drawing Breath (Solo Show), 16 Humber Street, Hull
2019 – Thoughtful Planet 3, Thought Foundation, Birtley
2019 – Ones To Watch, Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds
2019 – Littoral Vistas, Central Library, Hull
2018 – Ten Degrees, Fine Art BA (Hons) Degree Show, Hull
2018 – Artist Takeover #1, Queen’s House Showcase, Hull
2017 – Fountain17, Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent,
as part of the British Ceramic Biennial
2017 – Hull in Paint, Touring, Hull
2017 – Wellbeing Through Creativity, University of Hull, Hull
2017 – ‘Larkin Out’ Festival, Larkins, Hull
2017 – Fountain 17, Broderick Gallery, Hull
2016 – Recovery Through Art, Kardomah94, Hull
2016 – Hull in Paint, Touring, Hull
2012 – Creative Arts End of Year Show, London
2011 – Threshold, Barnet, London
2009 – Camberwell Fd Diploma End of Year Show, Camberwell College, London


2020 – Living Lines, East Yorkshire Coast [in development]
2019-20 – The Critical Fish, Regionally and Nationally
2018 – Caspars, Hull
2017 – Art, Migration and Mental Health with Dr. Cornelia Beyer, University of Hull, Hull
2017 – Wellbeing Through Creativity, University of Hull, Hull
2017 – ‘Opportunities for Hull & East Riding Artists‘, Online, Regionally
2016 – Recovery Through Art, Kardomah94, Hull
2015 – Painted/Stained-Glass Murals, Psychiatric In-Patient Unit, Hull
2012 – Titania, Trestle Theatre, Hertfordshire and Rockwood Music Hall, New York
2012 – Der Mischlinger, Arts Depot, London

Relevant Education

2018 – Fine Art BA (Hons), 1:1, Hull School of Art and Design
2014 – Award in Education and Training, Hull College
2012 -Creative Arts Fd Degree, Merit, Barnet College, Middlesex University
2009 – Art and Design Fd Diploma, Merit, Camberwell College, University of the Arts London
2008 – Awards in Life Drawing, Illustration Skills, Visual Thinking and Narrative Structures, Camberwell College, University of the Arts London
2008 – 3 A Levels and 1 AS Level
2006 – 10 GCSE’s A*- B

Relevant CPD

2020 – Languages of Editing, Liverpool
2019-20 – Fruit Factory Network, Hull/North UK
2019 – UNION: The Northern School for Creativity & Activism, UK
2019 – Drawing and Printmaking, Feral Art School, Hull
2019 – Drawing Marathon, Royal Drawing School, London
2017 – CERTA Community Artworker Award, Hull
2016 – Art Therapy Foundation, Northern Art Therapy Programme, Sheffield
2014 – Award in Education and Training, Hull
2013 – Working Creatively with Children, Hull

Lauren is also trained in areas such as; First Aid & Basic Life Support,
Mental Health First Aid, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults & Children, Data
Governance, Advanced Conflict Resolution and Dementia Care. She has
also attended training and professional development surgeries relating to
funding, marketing, project management and participatory public

Publications and Writings

2020 – Genotin, Creeping Expansion; A fiction magazine by working class writers (Issue One)
2020 – Emergence [Tate Exchange event publication], March
2019 – Drawing inbetween the lines, The Critical Fish, Brill (Issue Two), November
2019 – Editorial, The Critical Fish, Anchovy (Issue One), May
2019Place To Place, Double Negative [online]
2019 – Blogger for Disability Arts Online
2017 – Genotin, Creative Journeys: Untold Hull
2017 – A Picture of Health: an exploration into the relationships between visual art and meaningful mental health recovery, Undergraduate Research
2016 – Holistic Health: The best kind of therapy?, OT News, February


2020 – The Art House, Wakefield (anticipated August 2021 – postponed due to Covid-19)
2020 – Campaign Bootcamp (postponed due to Covid-19)
2020 – Emergence @ Tate Exchange, Tate Modern (postponed due to Covid-19)
2020 – The Ideas Hub – Wellcome Trust, London (postponed due to Covid-19

2020 – ONE Book Residency, Online
2019 – Shape Arts Instagram Takeover, Online
2019 – Park Ave, Hull
2018 – Humber Street Sesh, Hull
2018 – Queen’s House, Hull
2017 – “This is a Freedom of Expression Centre”

Awards and Bursaries

2019 – YVAN Microgrant
2019 – Emergence Bursary Award
2018 – David White Memorial Award
2018 – Roland Box Prize
2017 – BCUR Posters in Parliament (2nd Prize)

Other Partnerships and Engagements

2019 – UNION; Arts & Activism, Regionally
2018 – ‘Think Big!’, Humber Street Sesh, Hull
2017 – ‘This is a Freedom of Expression Centre’ with Bob and Roberta Smith, Hull
2017 – ‘Creative Journeys’, Untold Hull, Hull
2017 – Posters in Parliament, British Conference of Undergraduate Research, London
2015 – Rethink Mindfulness Calendar, UK

Appearances and Interviews

2020 – Testimonial/Interview, Young Artists Speak Out; Passion, Compassion and Purpose in the Arts and Education, Prof. Peter Renshaw, Independently Published, ISBN: 979-8-62-763212-4
2020 – In Conversation with…, Shape Arts [online]
2020 – A Q&A with…, artist-network [online]
2019 – Selector for the 2020 Beverley Open Art Exhibition, Beverley Gallery
2019 – Creativity and Mental Health (23.09.19), BBC No Filter, BBC Radio Humberside
2019 – Mental Health Awareness Week (13.05.19), BBC No Filter, BBC Radio Humberside
2019 – Artist Talk, Flux/Us at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London
2018 – Research Presentation, BCUR Conference, Sheffield
2018 – Artist Talk, Queens House Showcase, Hull
2017 – ‘Portfolio Working’, HCUK HE Conference, Hull
2017 – Posters in Parliament, BCUR, London