Since 2005 Delpha has developed her own unique and resonant painting practice. Paintings have been shown and sold in public and private galleries around the UK.

Recent paintings have been included in exhibitions at  Clifton Art Gallery, Bristol, the Edge of Dark show at Tremenheere Gallery, and been short-listed for Confinement Chronicles, and the Mother Art Prize.

photo of artist with work at clifton gallery

Delpha studied History at London University (BA, 1985) returning to study painting in 1997 (Fine Art BA). Moving from painting to an interdisciplinary feminist practice her work dealt with mental health issues and motherhood. She
completed her MA in Visual Performance at Dartington College (2003).

Making inter-disciplinary work using performance, live art, curation, installation and sound, she has shown work regularly around the UK and Europe since the late 1990s, with work commissioned for the Tate St Ives, Miss –Readings (2007), Double Void, Newlyn Art Gallery, (2001), Place Settings, Ca’Zanardi, Venice  (2016), and most recently Double Burden with desperateartwives at the Leyden Gallery, London (2017).

Film work and performance based on the maternal body was shown around UK and Europe, including On the Margin (2004) and Life Sentences, (2013). New films made in lockdown 2020 link to Theatre of the Self, a performance and publication about re-writing our stories for good mental health.

portrait of delpha hudson outside her studio by Rick Davy


Delpha is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and founder of a number of art collectives including Art Surgery and Salon de Textes. As co-director of Art Surgery (1998-2008) she curated Arts Council funded site-specific performance programmes: A Sense of Place (1998), TRACT (2006) as well as other collaborations with Newlyn Art Gallery and off-site programmes such as Videoteque at Ten Gallery, St Ives (2002). Her current painting practice develops concepts from her multi-faceted life and practice, to engender empathy for women, mothers and carers.

Join a  Studio Tour May 2020 or watch an introduction to Delpha’s painting