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Deborah Lauder

Lecturer, Fine Art

Fine Art Research Unit; Arts, Health and Wellbeing Research Network

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Art
Areas of Expertise:
Fine art
Courses taught:

Debby’s artistic practice manifests through a variety of media, and across different disciplines, often as a direct response to the immediate contexts that she finds herself in.

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Through the identification of unspoken narratives and assumptions that condition everyday experience, Debby gently prompts new awareness in the viewer, by means of research-led interventions, curatorial and performance methodologies and material experimentation.

Debby also has experience across a number of arts-related professional fields, including a London-based not-for-profit organization supporting designer-makers and an arts centre in Cambridge for adults with learning disabilities, where she is on the board of trustees.

Research interests
  • Curatorial approaches: particularly in relation to the artist as curator.
  • Spatial experience: site-responsive works and the digital environment.
  • Creative writing as artistic practice.
  • Artistic Transfer: the development of new artistic languages or forms through interdisciplinary collaborations.

Debby currently teaches on the following modules:

  • MOD003422 Acts and Discourses (MA)
  • MOD003423 Fine Art Critical Practice (MA)
  • MOD008865 Fine Art: Methods and Practices (MA)
  • MOD008866 Masters Project: Fine Art (MA)
  • MOD008701 Care Ethics: Place, Environment, and Community (MA)
  • MOD007311 Experimental Practice (BA)
  • MOD007316 Fine Art Major Project (BA)
  • PG Cert: Learning and Teaching in HE: Anglia Ruskin University
  • MFA Fine Art: Anglia Ruskin University
  • BA Fine Art: Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc Psychology: University of Southampton
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Fellowship of Advance HE
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Co-organizer, MA Fine Art, Inter-institutional Symposium MA Fine Art in collaboration with Arts University Bournemouth; Birmingham City University; University of Leeds; Norwich University of the Arts; Nottingham Trent University (2023)
  • Co-organizer, Three Cafes, experimental artistic research exploring interrelationships between digital technology & well-being, as part of the Balance Network, funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (2016)
  • Co-organizer of the Symposium: Cultures & Practices of Belonging: Sustainability across Disciplines, Cambridge School of Art in conjunction with the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (2016)
Recent presentations and conferences


Art, Language, Location, 10th anniversary exhibition, Quip & Curiosity, Cambridge (2023)

The Anxiety of Interdisciplinarity, Alison Richards Building, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge (2023)

The Anxiety of Interdisciplinarity, IMPACT 12 International Printmaking Conference, Old Bridewell Police Station, Bristol (2022)

Flowers & Leaves in Stitch: Textiles, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge (2019)

The Archive and the Contested Landscape, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge (2018)

Place - Relinking, Relating, Relaying, Gallery 9, Norfolk Street, Cambridge (2018)

The Dragonfly Project, (funded by Creative Communities) Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon & Milton Country park, Cambridge (2018)

The River Cam, (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund), Museum of Cambridge and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2018)

Five Years, my brain hurts a lot, Guest Projects, Andrews Road, London (2017)

I feel lucky… Performed, Three Cafes Project, Balance Network, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (2016)

Caryatid from Eleusis, SIX, Art Language Location, Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge & on SIX Website (2016)

Let it go…, Performed, Cultures & Practices of Belonging: Sustainability across Disciplines, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (2016)

Manifesting Monuments, Art Language Location, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art and SIX Website (2015)

Raw Catalyst, Cambridge Sustainability Residency, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge (2015)

Let it go…, Performed, Sustainability Conference, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (2015)

Landfull, Gallery 9, Norfolk Street, Cambridge (2014)

Elsewhere, Michaelhouse Chapel, Trinity Street, Cambridge (2014)