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Stephen Partridge is an artist and academic researcher. He is the principal investigator on the research projects REWIND and REWINDItalia which were awarded successive grants in 2004, 2008 and 2011 from the AHRC, and in 2012 the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Currently is also co-investigator on the AHRC-funded European Womens’ Video Art (EWVA) research project, led by his colleague Prof. Elaine Shemilt, and Richard Demarco | The Italian Connection, also funded by the AHRC.

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, Paris Biennalle de Jeunes in 1977 and a solo exhibition at The Kitchen in New York in 1979. 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 Ltd – 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 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. His seminal artwork Monitor (1974) was acquired by TATE Britain in December 2014 and was selected as part of the permanent collection in A Walk through 500 years of British Art.

He has worked with the artist and composer David Cunningham, whose sound-works 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 ChimeraRushQuattro Minuti di Mezzogiorno.  

He established the School of Television & Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (University of Dundee), and was Professor of Media Art and Dean of Research from 2000-2017. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Transtechnology Research Group at the University of Plymouth.

He has experience of peer review and evaluation for the AHRC, Arts Council, Channel 4, the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Screen, SAC Lottery, Creative Scotland Awards. From 2004-2007, he was a member of the AHRC Research Committee and Convener of AHRC Panel 2 Visual Arts & Media. Member of the International Review Panel for HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) and its Joint Research Programme “Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation” (2009- 2013); Assessor for the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia in 20014 and 2018. Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft Research Foundation Vienna, Expert Reviewer 2009, Govt of Hong King University Grants Committee Research Assessment Exercise 2014. He was a member of Panel B Evaluation Panel for the Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities 2014-17.

In 2017 he established his University Research Consultancy and has advised the Universities of Leeds, Canterbury Christ Church, Northumbria, Edinburgh, Herfordshire, Bournemouth, Greenwich, Kingston, Plymouth, and Honk Kong University of the Arts.

He is the Depute Chair and interdisciplinary panel member for the UKRI REF2021 UoA 32 Art & Design: Sub Panel for Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory. and was a member of the REF 2014, UoA 34 Sub Panel for Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory.

Education: Maidstone College of Art 1972-75; Royal College of Art 1975-76

Lives in Scotland and Molise, Italy

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Stephen Partridge is an artist and academic researcher