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Partridge, Stephen

Professor, Chair of Media Art

  • United Kingdom

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Stephen Partridge is an artist and academic researcher. He is the Principal Investigator on research projects REWIND and REWINDItalia which have been awarded successive grants in 2004, 2008 and 2011 from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and in 2012 the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Currently is Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded research project, European Women’s Video Art (EWVA) and Demarco | The Italian Connection, both  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 the Installation 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.


External positions

REF 2021 Sub-Panel 32 Member , HEFCE

Feb 2018Jan 2021

Reviewer for Post Doctoral Projects, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Reviewer for periodic evaluation of R&D Units, 2014, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Govt of Hong King University Grants Committee Research Assessment Exercise, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


REF2014 Sub-Panel 34, HEFCE

Jan 2011Jan 2014

Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft Research Foundation Vienna, Expert Reviewer 2009, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute


European Research Council HERA 2 Evaluation Panel Member, European Research Council


AHRC Nominations Committee, Arts and Humanities Research Council


Convener AHRC Panel 2, Visual Arts & Media, Arts and Humanities Research Council


Member of AHRC Research Committee, Arts and Humanities Research Council



  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • video art
  • installation
  • expanded cinema
  • performance
  • archive
  • hi definition
  • HDTV
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • REWIND collection
  • video art
  • UK
  • Italy

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 2005 2019

Women Artists
Video Art
Research Projects
Concert Hall
Women Artists

EWVA - European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s

Leuzzi, L., Partridge, S. & Shemilt, E., 3 Jul 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Women Artists
Video Art
New Media
Women Artists

The Time is Right for...Screening_Summerhall, Edinburgh_20th September 2017

Leuzzi, L., Lockhart, A., Shemilt, E. & Partridge, S., 20 Sep 2017

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Women Artists


Caledonian Research Foundation/rse European Visiting Research Fellowships

Stephen Partridge (Recipient), 21 May 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

art production

Activities 2009 2018

Richard Demarco: Italy, Scotland, Europe

Laura Leuzzi (Invited speaker), Stephen Partridge (Invited speaker), Elaine Shemilt (Invited speaker), Adam Lockhart (Invited speaker), Richard Demarco (Invited speaker)
4 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Émergence de l'art vidéo en Europe: historiographie, théorie, sources et archives (1960-1980) Séminaire de recherche 3 at the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterand, Paris, France

Stephen Partridge (Speaker)
22 May 201823 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Material Futures

Laura Leuzzi (Speaker), Stephen Partridge (Speaker), Elaine Shemilt (Speaker)
30 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

REWIND Italia Book Launch - British School at Rome

Stephen Partridge (Speaker)
19 Apr 2016

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

REWIND Italia Book Launch, Letherby Gallery, CSM London

Stephen Partridge (Speaker)
12 Feb 2016

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

Review of REWINDItalia Book on Media-N

Laura Leuzzi & Stephen Partridge


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Review of RewindItalia Book on Neural

Laura Leuzzi & Stephen Partridge


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

£1/2m for REWIND project

Stephen Partridge


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

£209,000 grant to take REWIND forward

Stephen Partridge & Anna Notaro


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research


Cartographers: A practice based investigation on memory, conflict and the aerial image.

Author: Bonizzi, V., 2016

Supervisor: Mackenna, T. (Supervisor) & Partridge, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy