Delpha Hudson is a British artist born in Surrey in 1963. She currently works from her studio in Bread Street, Penzance, Cornwall.
From the late 90s her performance practice explored representing women and the maternal. Her practice continues to use a multimedia inter-disciplinary approach, with new projects that combine film, performance, writing and objects. Her studio work uses materials in combination and in performative ways. She uses physical and conceptual processes like dripping bitumen paint from a stick which is messy and visceral, as well as unique as mistakes can never be exactly replicated. Small sculpture and assemblage works explore and communicate the ambivalence and contradiction women’s lives.
Delpha Hudson originally studied BA History (1985) at London University and often uses historical research in her arts practice. Later she studied BA Fine Art at Coventry University (2001) becoming involved in performance practice, video and multi-media installation. Her MA at Dartington (2003) explored representations of motherhood and her work was selected for many video and performance festivals around the UK and in Europe. As co-director of Art Surgery with Andy Whall (1998-2008) she received Arts Council funding for site-specific performance and video. In 2007 a performance work Miss-Readings was commissioned for the Art Now Cornwall. In addition to a member of Newlyn Society of Artists, her painting and sculpture work have been shown widely around the UK.
Delpha Hudson's inter-disciplinary arts practice spans many different projects including curation and events for the Hypatia Trust, an organisation that promotes and support women artists.
CV & Education
MA Visual Performance, Dartington College of Arts (2003)
BA Hons Fine Art, Solihull, Coventry University (2001)
Media Studies (City & Guilds 770), Solihull College (1994)
PGCE, Institute of Education, London University (1986)
BA Hons History, Westfield College, London University (1985)
Selected Artist Commissions:
April 2017 Bear-heamian Rhapsody, live-art performance collaboration with Nigel Bispham for Haphazard, Hab arts, Manchester
Feb 2017 Double Burden, maternal performance, curated by desperateartwives, Leyden Gallery London
2016 Place Settings, collaborative sound performance with Nigel Bispham at Ca’Zanardi, Venice
2013 RED HERRING! at Suspended Sentences, with Nigel Bispham , Turner’s Warehouse, Newlyn,
2013 Saw Sings (Sourcings), sound art performance with Nigel Bispham at CAZ RESOUND sound art festival, the Acorn Theatre, Penzance
2012 Lovers’ Letters, installation as part of SITE-NON-SITE, at Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Cornwall
2011 Vox Populi for Electronic Village Galleries, video for net art and on-line project with Falmouth University at various sites
2009 Object Readings, performance at Insite, site-specific performance in Penzance
2007 Miss-Readings, site-specific performance commission at the Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives, Tate St Ives ‘Cornwall Art Now’.
2006 1,000 Kisses, site-specific performance at The Window Gallery, Birmingham
2005 Pleasure in Slowness, site-specific performance at Mailbox Intervention Festival, B’ham. With Helen Battelley, as part of Rubber Glove.
Selected Solo Shows:
Nov 2017 Metaphysical Positions, Atelier Studio, Penzance
Mar 2017 Sister Series, new bitumen painting works at Acorn Theatre Gallery, Penzance
Jan 2017 Embodied, large-scale ecriture feminine works at the Redwing Gallery,
2013 Liquid Selves, bitumen painting at Helston Folk Museum Gallery, Cornwall
2013 Objets-Textes, small assemblage works with text at Helston Folk Museum Gallery, Cornwall
2004 Something’s Fishy, performance, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2005 Comfort Zones, digital photographs & video, Wolverhampton University
2002 Written in Honey, site-specific installation and performance at Helmsley Castle, Yorkshire, English Heritage Residency
2001 Double-Void, performance, video and installation at Newlyn Art Gallery
Selected Group Shows:
Feb 2017 Marginalia as part of NSA Borders show at Tremeheere Sculpture Gardens Gallery, Penzance
2014 Liquid Selves paintings at Helseltine Gallery, Truro
2013 Through, drawings in bitumen at Drawing the Line, at Millenium Gallery, (now Anima-Mundi), St Ives
2011 Liquid Selves, bitumen drawings shown at various galleries around the country: Marburae Gallery, Off the Shelf, Saltburn, the Art Lounge, Derby, Double Lives, Nottingham, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff, Redearth gallery, Devon, and St Ives School of Art.
2010 Domestic Mottoes, large bitumen drawings for HOME, Chapel Gallery, Omskirk
2010 Possessed Possessions, collaborative assemblage works and performance with Jesse Leroy-Smith, Sam Bassett, and Richard Ballinger at Newlyn Exchange
2009 Objets-Textes, assemblage installation at A Cornish Perspective, Newlyn Society of Artists, RWA Bristol
2008 Vintage Cornfields, bitumen drawing at Drawing the line, Hilton Young Gallery, Penzance
2007 Walking a tortoise (femme flaneur), video with Rebecca Weeks, shown at Truro cathedral, and at the Vitreous Gallery, Truro. Also showing Illuminating Hours – Folio (i) Green
2007 Handbag Readings, performance at Fete Encounter live art at TRUCK festival, Oxford
2005 On The margin, performance video from St Ives, (7 minutes) shown at Tulca, Ireland, November. Body Parts Festival (SSA), Edinburgh, January. Performance in Nature, Serbia, March. The Phoenix, Exeter, September.
2004 Dos Palabras, performance and video for Stringing a Sentence Together, at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.
2004 Dead Women Walking, performance at Dartington Hall. Part of Art, what is it good for? curated by Tracey Warr
2004 Tealady, performance at SEEN festival, Leicester
2003 Inte(xt)change, performance at Exeter HEM festival.
2003 Singing Theory, performance as part of We Are Relentless, organised by AAS, at the Custard Factory, B’ham
2002 M/Utter, performance at Crossing Time Festival, Devon
2002 To the Lighthouse (and Back), silent video, 10 minutes, shown at Newlyn Art Gallery, 2002 and at Wild Dog, London, summer 2005
2001 Man Created the Word, performance at VAIN’s Live Art Platform, Oxford
2000 A Walk with Jane Austen, video performance installation, Solihull Library
2013 Salon de Textes, with CAZ and ALIAS, a regular salon show featuring art and artists that use text
2013 Mixing it up! Colour Stories, at the Redwing Gallery, Penzance
2007 Art Surgery, setting up LAF (Live Art Falmouth) with Andy Whall
2006 Co-curating Tract, a site-specific performance project for Art Surgery, with Newlyn Art Gallery. Arts Council Funded including artists Alistair McClennan, Richard Lazells, Roddy Hunter, and Kira O’Reilly.
2003 Live Platform, Art Surgery in association with Newlyn Gallery a live performance art platform and symposium with Julie Bacon and Roland Miller.
2002 Videoteque. selection and presention of a programme of international video in the window of Ten Gallery, St Ives. South West Arts funded, co-curated with Art Surgery.
1999 Real Art (and a Sense of Place), an Arts Council funded Live Art Project working with Andy Whall.. Programme included performances by Bobby Baker, and Andre Stitt
Selected Publications and Papers:
2013 Objets-Textes, self-published book using writing and theory used in the process of assemblage works
2012 Lover’s Letters, self-published book revealing the ideas, texts, and process of ceramic tree plaques installation at Kestle Barton.
2011 Self-published Liquid Selves: The Fragmentary and Multiple Nature of Self about the personal and theory behind bitumen drawings
2010 Article on artist Sam Hall in Ceramics: Art & Perception, Issue 81, p.79 2008 Revolver, ISBN 987-0-9505680-5-8 2007 Art Cornwall Now, TATE St IVES, ISBN 978-1-85437-751-7
2007 Chairing BAIT seminar on ‘Women’s Work’ held at the Salt Gallery, Hayle with Fran Cottell.
2005 Lecture on site-specificity for ALIAS funded series of seminars 2004 Performance lecture, A Body of Work, Coventry University.
2004 Panel leader for discussion at Site/Sight Seminar, Exeter University.
2001 Article on performance art, The Guardian