Stephen Partridge

“A founder member of LVA, Partridge was one of the first to make video artworks in the early 1970s. His early works played with and fore-grounded the formal languages of video, the virtual space of the monitor relative to the exhibition space, the relationship between the viewer and the artwork, the art ‘work’ and context. Partridge established the Television Workshop, which offered facilities and support for artists’ production, helping to produce over two hundred and fifty artworks, from 1984-2001.” – J.Hatfield

Stephen Partridge is an academic, media artist and producer. He was in the “landmark” shows of the 1970s including the Video Show at the Serpentine in 1975, the Installation Show at the Tate gallery in 1976, The Paris Biennale in 1977 and the 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 – 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 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 Associate Dean of Research & Enterprise.

He is the principal investigator on the four-year research project REWIND which was awarded £433,350 from the AHRC in November 2003.

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