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.

Exhibitions

Upcoming
Untitled, The Art House, Wakefield

2020
Practice in Place, Humber Street Gallery, Hull
Feral Reveal, Humber Street, Hull

2019
Rejects Show, Bean and Nothingness, Hull
Drawing Breath, 16 Humber Street, Hull
Thoughtful Planet 3, Thought Foundation, Birtley
Ones To Watch, Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds
Littoral Vistas, Central Library, Hull

2018
Ten Degrees, Fine Art BA (Hons) Degree Show, Hull
Artist Takeover #1, Queen’s House Showcase, Hull

2017
Fountain17, Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, as part of the British Ceramic Biennial
Hull in Paint, Touring, Hull
Wellbeing Through Creativity, University of Hull, Hull
‘Larkin Out’ Festival, Larkins, Hull
Fountain 17, Broderick Gallery, Hull

2016
Recovery Through Art, Kardomah94, Hull
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

Ongoing/in development
The Critical Fish, UK
Living Lines, East Yorkshire Coast

2020/21
Postbooks (The Critical Fish), East Yorkshire
‘What Matters to Me?’ (Recovery Strategic Framework), Humber NHS

2018
Caspars, Hull

2017
Art, Migration and Mental Health, University of Hull, Hull
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
Der Mischlinger, Arts Depot, London

Publications and Writings

2020
Genotin, Creeping Expansion; Happy Families (Issue One), July
Emergence [Tate Exchange], March

2019
Drawing inbetween the lines, The Critical Fish, Brill (Issue Two), November
Editorial, The Critical Fish, Anchovy (Issue One), May
Place To Place, Double Negative [online]
Blogger for Disability Arts Online

2017
Genotin, Creative Journeys: Untold Hull
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

2021
After Art, Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination
Painting, Feral Art School, Hull

2020
Digital Storytelling, NHS England
Languages of Editing, Liverpool
Fruit Factory Network, Hull/North UK
UNION: The Northern School for Creativity & Activism, UK

2019
Printmaking, Feral Art School, Hull
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
Art 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
3 A Levels and 1 AS Level

2006
10 GCSE’s A*- B

Commissions

2021
Garden Explorers (Illustrations), Hull Culture and Leisure
Fishbowl Conversations, The Critical Fish / Absolutely Cultured / Creative Hull
Monet in Mind; Mindfulness Drawing Workshop, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull/Online
Postbooks, The Critical Fish / Heads Together

2020
Drawing Masterclass, Ferens Art Gallery/The Big Draw, Hull/Online
Bags of Creativity, IVE, Hull

Residencies

Upcoming
The Art House, Wakefield (August 2021)
Campaign Bootcamp (postponed due to Covid-19)

2021
The Ideas Hub – Wellcome Trust, London

2020
ONE Book Residency, Online
Emergence @ Tate Exchange, Tate Modern

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

Prizes, Awards and Grants

2019
YVAN Microgrant
Emergence Bursary Award

2018
David White Memorial Award
Roland Box Prize
BCUR Posters in Parliament (2nd Prize)

Presentations

2021
Digital Inclusion, Artlink, Hull/Online

2019
Artist Talk, Flux/Us at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London

2018
Research Presentation, BCUR Conference, Sheffield
Artist Talk, Queens House Showcase, Hull
‘Portfolio Working’, HCUK HE Conference, Hull
Posters in Parliament, BCUR, London

Features

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
Mental Health Awareness Week (13.05.19), BBC No Filter, BBC Radio Humberside

2018
Local radio talking about Mental Health Recovery

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.