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Lauren McLaughlin

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Lauren McLaughlin is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and activist based in Edinburgh. Her practice aims to amplify issues of inequality and social justice with a particular emphasis on the underrepresented narratives of women and mothers. Working in collage, neon, sculpture and socially engaged practice, her work is sometimes considered confrontational or challenging, as she often deals with issues or experiences which are still largely understood to be taboo. Lauren graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art London in 2012 with BA (Hons) Fine Art, and MA in Applied Arts and Social Practice from Queen Margaret University in 2021. Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK and Europe and has work as part of permanent public collections including The Birth Rights Collection at King’s College London after winning their 2018 award for new work. Lauren's work was shortlisted for the John Byrne Award in 2021 and has work featured in several publications over the past few years including Milked Mag, Maternal Art Magazine, Cults of Life Zine and Wordpower: Launguage as Medium. Lauren is also the founder and director of Spilt Milk Gallery CIC; a social enterprise whose mission is to promote the work of artists who identify as mothers and empower mothers in our wider community through artist-led activity.

2021 MA Applied Arts & Social Practice, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.
2012 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art London.
2010 HND Contemporary Art Practice, Edinburgh College.


2021 John Byrne Award, shortlisted work: Making Something From Nothing.
2018 Creative Scotland Open Project Funding, The Hope Scott Trust Award, Kings College Cultural Institute & The Eaton Fund: Birth Rites Collection Residency.
2018 The Birth Rites Collection Bi-Annual Award Winner.


2019 The Birth Rites Collection, Department of Midwifery at Kings College London.
2016 An Artist Residency in Motherhood.
2014 Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College.

Selected Exhibitions:

2020 Re-Build, Participatory performance with Sejin Moon, Quality Yard Edinburgh.
2020 Schwitters Army, MERZ Gallery, Scotland.
2019 Leith Late Glow Art Trail, Edinburgh.
2019 Filia International Showcase, Bloomsbury Festival London.
2019 Womanhouse Revisited, Hackney London.
2019 The M Word, One Paved Court Gallery, London.
2018 oh mother: Spilt Milk Members Show, Custom House Leith, Edinburgh.
2018 Birth Rites Collection Award Show, Kings College London.
2017 See You Soon, Epoch 8 Gallery, Edinburgh.
2017 Glue, The Tent Gallery, University of Edinburgh.
2016 Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness Only Light Can Do That, Lights of Soho Gallery London.
2016 Second Self, Arusha Gallery Edinburgh.
2015 RSA Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh.
2015 Women’s Encounters, Palazzo Albrizzi Venice, Italy.
2014 Site-Seeing, (solo exhibition), Creative Exchange, Edinburgh.

Selected Publications:

2022 An Artist and a Mother, Demeter Press, Canada.
2021 Cults of Life Issue 10: Royal.
2020 Homeworks: artist mothers in quarantine, Spilt Milk Gallery CIC, Edinburgh.
2020 Mother’s Days, Artist Book by Lenka Clayton.
2019 Wordpower: Language as Medium, Library X, London.

Public Collections:

The Birth Rites Collection, Department of Midwifery at Kings College London.
Schwitter’s Army Collage Collection, Merz Gallery, Sanquar Scotland.
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The creation of the world
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A Conflict of Interests
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  • A Conflict of Interests
Making Something From Nothing
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  • Making Something From Nothing
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