About

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In the studio with Consider the Lilies, 2021

Delpha Hudson (b. 1963) lives and works in Cornwall. She completed a degree in History at London University (1985), had 4 children and then studied Art (Coventry University BA 2001, Dartington College MA 2003).

From the late 90s onwards she curated Arts Council funded exhibitions, showed films around Europe, was commissioned to make performance & installation work for many institutions & festivals including Tate St Ives and Newlyn & Exchange Gallery. She also initiated and worked with art collectives Art Surgery and Salon de Textes, as well as worked with women’s organisations like the Hypatia Trust (2018-2020).

Her eclectic interdisciplinary practice is consistently socially engaged. Delpha completed a Residency in Derby in 2019 that explored value and care with women’s communities creating a sculpture installation made from found objects and small ceramic figures. Small Promethean Acts was shown at Home, Artcore Gallery.

In 2020 Delpha published her performance book & online project Theatre of the Self that explored personal stories and mental health. This was funded by Arts Council & Cultivator. New film works were shown online and at Exeter Phoenix and online that explored similar themes about women and life stories.

Delpha is now firmly focused on painting. From 2006 onwards bitumen drip paintings were shown and sold in galleries and unusual spaces around the UK. In 2017 Delpha moved into her current studio in Bread Street, Penzance. She is a member of Newlyn Society of Artists and regularly exhibits with past shows at RWA, Helsetine, Hilton Young Gallery, New Millenium, and current exhibitions at Tremenheere Gallery. In 2020-1 Delpha’s paintings were in print and online with Kingsgate Gallery, FILIA, Procreate, and Maternal Art, long-listed for the Mother Art Prize and Confinement Chronicles, as well as physically on show at Newlyn Art Gallery, and London shows at Platform One, Distanced Domestic at MKII.

This website features Delpha’s contemporary painting and sculpture. Do have a look at other projects: Theatre of the Self & Delpha’s archive

photo of the artist painting in her studio by Rick Davey

Recent Painting CV 2019-21

2021

Past, Present, Future, Tremenheere Gallery

Distanced Domestic by co.curation, London

Tremenheere Gallery, NSA Looking Forward

Maternal Art (online)

2020

Extraordinary Postcards, Newlyn & Exchange Art Gallery

Tremenheere Gallery, NSA Edge of Dark

Kingsgate Gallery (online & print)

Longlisted for Mother Art Prize (online)

Short listed for Confinement Chronicles

2018

Clifton Fine Art, Bristol

Platform 1 Gallery, London

More Selected Painting Shows

2017

Metaphysical Positions, solo exhibition, Acorn Gallery

Embodied, solo exhibition, Redwing Gallery, Penzance

2014

Hesletine Gallery, Truro

2013

Liquid Selves, solo exhibition at Helston Museum Gallery

Drawing the Line, at Anima-Mundi Gallery, St Ives

Mariner’s Gallery, St Ives

2012 

Marburae Gallery

Off the Shelf, Saltburn

Art Lounge, Derby

Double Lives, Nottingham

Tactile Bosch, Cardiff

Redearth gallery, Devon

St Ives School of Art

2010

HOME, Chapel Gallery, Omskirk

2008 

Drawing the line, Hilton Young Gallery

Vitreous Gallery, Truro

A selection of shows in other media

2021

Publication of Theatre of the Self with Virtual Book Launch

Online interviews: Tea with MAM with Helen Sargent, On Resilience with Carrieanne Vivianette CVIV arts, Creative Core with Ryya Bread

Arts Council & Cultivator funding for mentoring with Ceri Hand

Film programmes:  Like a ship righting itself , Exeter Phoenix & Swept under the Rug, Tremenheere Gallery 

2019 

Small Promethean Acts, HOME exhibition show Artcore Gallery, Derby

INdialogue presentation at Mansions of the Future, Lincoln

2007

Miss-Readings, site-specific performance commission for Tate St Ives ‘Cornwall Art Now’ show

2005

On The margin, performance video (7 minutes) shown at Tulca, Ireland, Body Parts Festival (SSA), Edinburgh, Performance in Nature, Serbia, The Phoenix, Exeter

2001

Double-Void, performance, video and installation at Newlyn Art Gallery

example of painting
Shall we join the media circus? oil and bitumen on driftwood, 38x60x2cm, 2019-21


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