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.


2021 – Untitled, The Art House, Wakefield
2020 – Practice in Place, Humber Street Gallery, Hull
2020 – Feral Reveal, Humber Street, Hull
2019 – Rejects Show, Bean and Nothingness, Hull
2019 – Drawing Breath, 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

Independent Projects

Since 2018 – The Critical Fish, UK

2021/23 – Living Lines, East Yorkshire Coast [in development]
2020 – Postbooks (The Critical Fish), East Yorkshire
2018 – Caspars, Hull
2017 – Art, Migration and Mental Health, University of Hull, Hull
2017 – Wellbeing Through Creativity, University of Hull, Hull
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

Publications and Writings

2020 – Genotin, Creeping Expansion; Happy Families (Issue One), July
2020 – Emergence [Tate Exchange], 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 Dissertation, Research
2016 – Holistic Health: The best kind of therapy?, OT News, February

Relevant Training and Education

2020 – Painting, Feral Art School, Hull
2020 – Digital Storytelling, NHS England
2020 – Languages of Editing, Liverpool
2019/20 – Fruit Factory Network, Hull/North UK
2019/20 – UNION: The Northern School for Creativity & Activism, UK
2019 – Printmaking, Feral Art School, Hull
2019 – Drawing Marathon, Royal Drawing School, London
2018 – Fine Art BA (Hons), 1:1, Hull School of Art and Design
2017 –¬† Skills for Community Arts Work Award, Artlink, Hull
2016 – Art Therapy Foundation, Northern Art Therapy Programme, Sheffield
2014 – Award in Education and Training, Hull College
2013 – Working Creatively with Children, Hull
2012 – Creative Arts Fd Degree (Merit), Barnet College, Middlesex University
2009 РArt and Design Fd Diploma (Merit), Camberwell College, University of the Arts London
2008 – 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

Lauren is also trained in areas such as; First Aid & Basic Life Support, Mental Health First Aid (Adults), Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults & Children, Data Governance, Health and Safety, COSHH, Food Hygiene, Fire Safety, Advanced Conflict Resolution and Dementia Care. She has also undertaken training relating to funding/commissions/tenders, marketing, project management and participatory public engagement. In addition, she has participated in additional CPD training relating to Mindfulness, Art Psychotherapy and Mental Health Recovery.


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


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


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


2020 – Drawing Masterclass, Ferens Art Gallery/The Big Draw [online]
2020 – Bags of Creativity, Hull
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
2017 – ‘This is a Freedom of Expression Centre’ with Bob and Roberta Smith, Hull
2015 – Rethink Mindfulness Calendar, UK

Media Appearances

2020 – About Postbooks, Re:UNION (21.10.20), East Leeds FM
2020 – About Art, Liveline with Wolfy (18.08.20), Hull Kingston Radio
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
2017/18 – Multiple appearances on local radio talking about Mental Health Recovery