Lauren Saunders is a socially-engaged and award-winning interdisciplinary visual artist living & working in Hull, UK. Her work is broad & varied, but her current practice centres around drawing in the expanded field to explore & respond to meaningful philosophical & activist concerns. Her artmaking is supported by her current research into the relationships between the visual arts and mental health (most specifically, mental health recovery outside of the clinical arena) which she has presented to Parliament, NHS Trusts and other researchers to great success. Lauren is also a co-founder of 'The Critical Fish', an Arts Council England/Hull City Arts funded project which aims to develop critical and research-led conversation within the arts through academia and community engagement. Over a number of years, Lauren has worked professionally in a number of theatres, colleges, healthcare and community settings engaging with people as an artist, workshop leader and advisor. Lauren is experienced and knowledgable about both art and people, and combines these to inform her socially-engaged arts practice.