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Delia Whitbread

Delia Whitbread

Born and educated in Birmingham, Delia studied English and Sociology at the University of York and then worked for 2 years as a volunteer for Voluntary Services Overseas in Indonesia teaching English. Whilst teaching English and Social Studies in London Secondary Schools, Delia practised etching and oil-painting at evening class and then changed career in 1983.

In 1985 Delia trained in Mural Design at Chelsea School of Art, where she specialised in Architectural Glass, then she went on to study Visual Islamic and Traditional Art at the Royal College of Art. She gained an MA by project for work that used sacred geometry to create a modern rose window design celebrating female images. As well as practising as a stained glass artist since 1989, Delia taught part-time Architectural Glass and Women’s Studies at University of Roehampton from 1990 till 2004. She left to undertake research at the University of Sunderland. In 2009 Delia was awarded a PhD for her Fine Art Project, Reconfiguring the Rose. Her research involved the study of collaborative on-line art-work and the creation, (with 17 artists online) of a digital rose window which was projected full scale. She has paintings, glass and prints in private collections the UK and Australia as well as commissioned stained glass in churches in the UK.

Delia moved from London to Bristol in 2011. She lives in Montpelier and has a studio in Pennywell Road. Currently she is now working on a new digital rose window to celebrate the diverse cultures of the women of Bristol.

Delia Whitbread
Delia Whitbread