Approved: 14.09.2018

delpha hudson


Approved: 14.09.2018

Delpha Hudson is an independent researcher, writer and artist who is based in Penzance, Cornwall. Using performance, film, installation, paint and sculpture, Hudson makes art to re-negotiate the ways that women and mothers are perceived and perceive themselves.

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    Artist Statement

    Delpha Hudson is an independent researcher, writer and artist who is based in Penzance, Cornwall. Using performance, film, installation, paint and sculpture, Hudson makes art to re-negotiate the ways that women and mothers are perceived and perceive themselves.

    She re-trained as an artist in 2001, combining performance with other media to re-represent domestic and caring experiences. Before completing her MA (2003), she  created Double Void (2001), an installation, film and performance with Newlyn Art Gallery, and as co-curator of Art Surgery created site-specific performance projects including Arts Council funded A Sense of Place (1998) and TRACT (2006).  She produced video performance works that were shown around the UK and Europe (On the Margin, 2004). In 2007, Tate St Ives commissioned a performance work Miss-Readings. Developing a studio practice based around being a working single mother, that included using painting with dripped bitumen paint as metaphor for women and change (Liquid Selves, 2011), and small assemblage sculpture with text (Objets-Textes, 2009).

    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