Delpha has an inter-disciplinary approach to art, performing and producing music, as well as studio based painting and sculptural assemblage work. She has shown work regularly around the UK and Europe since the late 1990s. Performance, film and curated live art projects include commissions for the Tate St Ives, Venice festivals and curation of Arts Council projects.
Delpha originally studied for her degree in History at London University (BA, 1985), got married and had 3 children. At 30 she left her marriage and the Mormon church and started a new chapter of her life. She completed her Fine Art BA in Birmingham, moving from painting to using her personal experiences in an interdisciplinary feminist practice. She completed her MA in Visual Performance at Dartington College in 2003.
Performance work has been selected for many festivals and shows around the UK including Miss –Readings commissioned for Tate Gallery, St Ives (2007). Film work, like On the Margin (2004) was often based on the maternal body and performance was shown around UK and Europe. Other significant performance and film projects include Double Void, Newlyn Art Gallery, (2001) as well as more recent work Place Settings, performance & sound collaboration with Nigel Bispham, Ca’Zanardi, Venice (2016) and Double Burden with desperateartwives at the Leyden Gallery, London (2017).
Delpha is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, and co-founder of a number of art collectives including Art Surgery, and Salon de Textes as co-director of Art Surgery (1998-2008) with Andy Whall, 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).
Since 2005 Delpha has developed a unique and resonant studio practice. Paintings have been shown and sold in public and private galleries around the UK with the latest work at Clifton Art Gallery, Bristol, and the Edge of Dark show at Tremenheere Gallery, Penzance. Recent Domestopia paintings have been short-listed for Confinement Chronicles and the Mother Art Prize. Her recent sculpture residency and installation Small Promethean Acts was especially commissioned for Artcore Gallery, Derby, November 2019, showing how she combines theory and materials to create intelligent and unique work.
Have a look at just some projects and exhibitions on my CV