Delpha Hudson

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I paint dystopian and uncanny scenes that feature entwined families and friends engaged in banal, bizarre and surreal daily lives. Figures are often inspired by complex historical works, from medieval illuminated manuscripts to Bosch paintings to Michelangelo drawing.

The richly textured compositions on canvas use a technique of dripping bitumen, or works on paper use ink, to create dynamic networks in which figures move and weave in and out of the ordered chaos of every day life.

I choreograph powerful female protagonists, mothers, and children, situating them in new imaginary realms in order to challenge domestic legacies and make them visible. In exposing a common condition of contradiction, and the joy and pain of domestic life, I aim to engender empathy and change.

Paintings also explore gender and conventional stories of Self through a personal lens. In the aftermath of experiencing breakdown in my 20s, I rebuilt my ‘Self.’ Bought up in a cultish religion; confined to strict patriarchal belief; constrained by caring for 3 small children and familial pressure; I had to slowly reconstruct parts of myself to survive.

Drawing on the past provides a new perspective to explore future possibilities for everyone. I want to portray our potential to live with paradox and ambivalence, and explore how we can re-write the Self to be who we need to be to survive.



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)

Exhibitions / Projects

2020 Encased in a new Silence, painting in Edge of Dark, Tremenheere Gallery & Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall

2020 paintings selected for Mother Art Prize and Confinement Chronicle

2018 Domestopia paintinsg at Clifton Fine Art, Bristol

2018 New painting, desperateartwives, Platform 1 Gallery, London

2017 Bear-heamian Rhapsody, performance Haphazard, Hab arts, Manchester

2017 Double Burden, performance, Leyden Gallery, London

2017 Sister Series, Acorn Theatre Gallery & Embodied, Redwing Gallery, Penzance

2017 Marginalia NSA group show Borders at Tremeheere Sculpture Gardens Gallery

2015 Life Sentences, performance video, CAZ square Eyes, Dublin. Original performance work 2003

2014 Liquid Selves painting show Hesletine Gallery, Truro

2013 RED HERRING! performance collaboration Suspended Sentences, Newlyn

2013 Saw Sings (Sourcings), sound art performance with Nigel Bispham at CAZ RESOUND sound art festival, the Acorn Theatre

2013 Liquid Selves, bitumen painting solo exhibition at Helston Museum Gallery

2013 Through, drawings at Drawing the Line, at Anima-Mundi Gallery, St Ives

2012 Lovers’ Letters, ceramic installation SITE-NON-SITE, at Kestle Barton Gallery

2012  Liquid Selves, bitumen drawings at 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, bitumen drawings HOME, Chapel Gallery, Omskirk

2010 Possessed Possessions, collaborative assemblage works and performance Newlyn Exchange gallery

2009 Object Readings, performance Insite, Cornwall Autonomous Zone, Penzance

2009 Objets-Textes, assemblage installation, RWA Bristol

2008 Vintage Cornfields at Drawing the line, Hilton Young Gallery

2008 Walking a tortoise (femme flaneur), video with Rebecca Weeks, Truro cathedral and the Vitreous Gallery, Truro, shown with painting Illuminating Hours – Folio (i) Green

2008 Handbag Readings, performance at Fete Encounter live art at TRUCK festival, Oxford

2005 Pleasure in Slowness, site-specific performance with Helen Battelley at Mailbox Intervention Festival, B’ham.

2005 Comfort Zones, digital photographs & video, Wolverhampton University Residency

2005 On The margin, performance video (7 minutes) shown at Tulca, Ireland, Body Parts Festival (SSA), Edinburgh, Performance in Nature, Serbia, The Phoenix, Exeter

2004 Something’s Fishy, performance, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

2004 Dos Palabras, performance and video for Stringing a Sentence Together, at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

2004 Tealady, performance at SEEN festival, Leicester

2003 Inte(xt)change, street performance at Exeter HEM festival.

2002 Singing Theory, performance at the Custard Factory, B’ham, We Are Relentless, AAS,

2002 To the Lighthouse (and Back), video shown at Newlyn Art Gallery, and at Wild Dog, London,

2001 Double-Void, performance, video and installation at Newlyn Art Gallery

2000 A Walk with Jane Austen, video performance installation, Solihull Library Gallery




2019 INdialogue presentation at Mansions of the Future, Lincoln

2007 Women’s Work organiser and chair of BAIT seminar Salt Gallery, Hayle with Fran Cottell

2005 Lecture on site-specificity for BAIT, ALIAS funded series of seminars

2003 A Body of Work, performance lecture, Coventry University

2004  Panel leader for discussion at Site/Sight Seminar, Exeter University


1999- 2008 Co-director of Art Surgery with Andy Whall, artist-led curation of live art and site specific performance projects. Real Art (and a Sense of Place)1999, Arts Council funded Live Art Project programme Tract, (2007), Live Platform (2003), Videoteque (2002)

2006 Salon de Textes, text and performance in a domestic setting, Chapel Street, Penzance, supported by CAZ & Arts Council England


2020 paintings selected for Mother Art Prize and Confinement Chronicle


2020 Theatre of the Self, performance and mental health diaries

2013  Objets-Textes, self-published book on the process and theory of assemblage works

2012  Lover’s Letters, self-published book on ceramic text installation at Kestle Barton

2011  Liquid Selves: The Fragmentary and Multiple Nature of Self , self-published book about the self and bitumen works

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

2001 Article on performance art, The Guardian



2016 Place Settings, collaborative sound performance Ca’Zanardi, Venice

2011 Vox Populi video work, Electronic Village Galleries, Penryn, Zennor, Liskeard

2007 Miss-Readings, site-specific performance commission for Tate St Ives ‘Cornwall Art Now’ show

2006 1,000 Kisses, site-specific performance at The Window Gallery, Birmingham

2004 Dead Women Walking, performance at Dartington Hall. Part of Art, what is it good for? curated by Tracey Warr

2002 M/Utter, performance at Crossing Time Festival, Devon

2002 Man Created the Word, performance at VAIN’s Live Art Platform, Oxford


2001 Written in Honey, site-specific installation and performance at Helmsley Castle, Yorkshire, English Heritage Residency



2019 Small Promethean Acts, installation and sculpture, HOME residency show at Artcore Gallery, Derby

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