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Stephen Partridge

Stephen Partridge

Stephen Partridge

Professor & Personal Chair of Media Art

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Stephen Partridge is an artist and and academic researcher. He is the principal investigator on the research projects REWIND and REWINDItalia which have been awarded successive grants in 2004, 2008 and 2011 from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and in 2012 the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Currently is co-investigator on the AHRC-funded European Womens' Video Art (EWVA) research project, led by his colleague Prof Elaine Shemilt.


He was in the "landmark" video shows of the 1970s including the Video Show at the Serpentine in 1975,theInstallation Show at the Tate gallery in 1976, The Paris Biennalle in 1977 and the The Kitchen in New York in 1979. His seminal artwork Monitor (1974) was acquired by TATE Britain in December 2014 and is in the current re-hang of the collection in A Walk through 500 years of British Art.

During the eighties he exhibited widely and also became interested in works for broadcast television and was commissioned by Channel 4 television to produce Dialogue for Two Players in 1984. With Jane Rigby, he formed Fields and Frames - an arts projects and television production company - which produced the innovative Television Interventions project for Channel 4 in 1990, with nineteen works by artists for television (including his own piece in the series - The Sounds of These Words. He also co-produced a short series of student and artists work Not Necessarily with BBC Scotland for BBC2 network television in 1991.

He has also curated a number of influential video shows: Video Art 78 in Coventry; UK TV New York; National Review of Live Art 1988-90; 19:4:90 Television Interventions; and the touring tape packages Made in Scotland I,II, Semblances , Passages. 

He has worked with the artist and composer David Cunningham, whose soundworks and structural approach has enriched many of his works since 1974. Other major collaborations include the artist Elaine Shemilt on a series of works including the installations Chimera, Rush, Quattro Minuti di Mezzogiorno, and the digital prints and etchings series Intangible Bodies

He has lectured since 1975 in a number of art colleges, and established the School of Television & Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (University of Dundee). He is presently Professor of Media Art and Dean of Research, responsible for the research leadership of the College and the Visual Research Centre and Exhibitions Department. He has experience of peer review or evaluation for the Arts Council, Channel 4, the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Screen, SACLottery, Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaf, European Research Area, Creative Scotland Awards, REF2014, and the AHRC.


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