Artist, Activist, Researcher


As a cross-disciplinary artist, my work is often layered in its composition and not easily categorised by one of the several mediums it spans – drawing, painting, photography, film, live art, dance, and poetry. What matters is not so much the form as the space that the work occupies: somewhere between activism, sociopolitics, psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience, my work engages with narratives of violence and articulations of trauma, and embraces radical vulnerability and resistance.


I investigate the impact of interpersonal abuse on mind and body, I explore creative body-based approaches to healing and growing from trauma, and I claim a space in our sociocultural scene for trauma survivors to make their stories heard on their own terms. My work challenges established power dynamics and redefines authorship and ownership of experiences of the self. It also questions the role of society and culture in precipitating violence and abuse and calls for critical reflections on our individual and collective responsibilities toward others.

I also walk scientific paths that are concerned with the same issues. To find out more, please visit: www.laurafischer-trauma.co.uk


  • Special Lecturer at Central Saint Martins (UAL) on arts as activism, arts as social practice, and arts for health

  • Visiting Lecturer at UCL on the BASc Arts and Sciences

  • Honorary Research Fellow at NIHR ARC NWL

  • Honorary Research Associate at King's College London

  • Editorial Advisory Board of The Lancet Psychiatry

  • Editorial Board of QI4U

  • Graduate of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (with First Class Honours)

  • Graduate of the School of Medicine at Queen Mary University of London (with Distinction)

Exhibitions, Screenings, Performances

2019        Exhibition (led + curated),Traumatised Selves: A Collective Voice of Lived Experience, Willesden Gallery, London, UK

2019        Film Screening, Trauma and Resistance, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2018        Film Screening, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Glasgow, UK

2018        Film Screening, Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

2018        Film Screening, national television, Switzerland

2017        Exhibition (solo), The Traumatised Self, Willesden Gallery, London, UK

2017        Exhibition (duo), The Character of Physical Law, Willesden Gallery, London, UK

2017        Exhibition (solo), The Traumatised Self, MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, KCL, London, UK

2017        Exhibition (group), Central Saint Martins Museum, London, UK
2017        Film Screening, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2016        Performance (site-specific promenade / collab.), Royal Albert Hall outreach program, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
2016        Film Screening & Live Score, Silence is Screaming, with London Sinfonietta Orchestra, Southwark Playhouse, London, UK

2016        Exhibition (trio), Focal Perception, ArtMoorHouse, London, UK

2015        Film Screening & Live Score, Winking Through The Gardens, with London Sinfonietta Orchestra, British Film Institute, London, UK

2015        Exhibition (group), Femme, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2014        Performance (durational / collab.), O&O, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2013        Performance (site-specifc promenade / collab.), Toynbee, Toynbee Studios, London, UK

2013        Exhibition (group), Waters, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2013        Exhibition (group), Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2011        Performance (ballet), Rodin, Théatre de Beausobre, Morges, Switzerland

2010        Exhibition (solo), Body Language, Metropolis, Morges, Switzerland

2010        Performance (ballet), Maupassant, Temple, Morges, Switzerland

2010        Performance (ballet), Ballet de la Côte, Théatre de St Prex, St Prex, Switzerland

2009        Performance (ballet), Festival de la Danse, St Prex, Switzerland

2008        Exhibition (solo), Body Language, Le Tempo, Yverdon, Switzerland

2005        Exhibition (solo), Body Language, Art Gallery Casamundo, Morges, Switzerland


2020        Speaker, Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health, Queen Mary University of London, webinar

2020        Speaker, Understanding Violence, Abuse and Mental Health, VAMHN, webinar

2020        Panelist, Mental Health Question Time: Should culture be prescribed on the NHS?, London, UK

2019        Plenary Speaker, Royal College of Psychiatrist Annual Conference for NW England, Nottingham, UK

2019        Speaker & Panelist, Vulnerability and Resistance Symposium, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2019        Keynote Speaker, Brunel Occupational Therapy Conference, Brunel University, London, UK

2019        Plenary Speaker, Wellbeing Event, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK

2018        Plenary Speaker, Journée Romande des Soins Infirmiers, healthcare conference, Lausanne, Switzerland
2018        Keynote Speaker, The Bigger Picture: Activism, Social Practice & Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2018        Keynote Speaker, Sheffield Healthcare Improvement Event, Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
2018        Panelist, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Glasgow, UK
2018        Speaker & Panelist, MCA Expo, Sheffield, UK
2018        Plenary Speaker, Collaborative Learning Event, NIHR CLAHRC NWL, London, UK
2017        TEDx Talk Speaker, The Happy Generation, TEDxULB, Brussels, Belgium
2017        Speaker, Future Citizen Innovation Series, Amazon WS, London, UK
2016        Speaker, Kent Mental Health Festival, Folkestone, UK




Fischer, L. (forthcoming). contributor to ‘Patient Knowledge: A Cornerstone for the Transformation of Care and Health

Organisations’, London: Palrgave Macmillan.


Duncan et al. On behalf of the NIHR SPHR Public Mental Health Programme. (2020). ‘Delivery of community centred public mental health interventions in diverse areas in England: a mapping study protocol’, BMJ Open.


Fischer, L. (2019). ‘On my work: Trauma-Focused Movement Language’, The Lancet Psychiatry, 6(12), pp.991-993.

Fischer, L. (2019). ‘Violence and Trauma: A Societal Reality We Are All Responsible For’, in Perriman, B. Doorways. London: House Sparrow Press, pp. 96-103.


Fischer, L. (2018). ‘Amygdala,’ in Poésie en Mouvement, Arythmie, pp. 54-57.


2018        Winner, Mental Health Arts and Film Festival of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal
2017        NOVA Award Nominee, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2011        BCV Award for Academic Excellence, Morges, Switzerland

2008        Award for Visual Arts, Morges, Switzerland

2008        Award for Photography, Morges, Switzerland

2008        Award for Political Science, Morges, Switzerland

© Laura E. Fischer 2020