“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.
Stephen Partridge talking about his work.
Stephen Partridge explaining changing technolgies.
Stephen Partridge talking about funding.
Talking about the recognition of video as an art form.
Conversation with Dr J. Hatfield about Television.
View the interview transcript here
The Video Show Serpentine Gallery London
Palazzo dei Diamanti Ferrara Italy
Video; Towards defining an aesthetic Third Eye Centre Glasgow
An Alternative use of the Medium Washington
The Video Show Tate Gallery London
One Night Show 2b Butlers Wharf London
10th Bienalle de Paris Palais de Tokyo Paris
Galleria Cavillino Venice Italy
Galleria Bonitirer Milan Italy
Video & Film Manifastatie Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht Netherlands
One Night Show Ayton Basement Newcastle
Two Man Show AIR Gallery London
Video Art 78 Herbert Art Gallery Coventry
International Video Symposium Kingston Ontario Canada
Video 79- The first decade Rome Italy
UK-TV Kitchen New York
One Man Show Kitchen New York
Europe 1980 ILAC Centre des Echanges Lyons France
National Video Festival Bracknell Arts Centre
Two Man Show Ikon Gallery Birmingham
Tate Gallery London
British Canadian Video Exchange Toronto Canada
Lubljana SKUC Forum Yugoslavia
Fields and Frames DJCA GAllery Dundee
Glasgow Events Space 1 Transmission Gallery
Signaux Poetiques Banff Centre Alberta Canada
Interaction: Art-Music-Art Camden Arts Centre
British Video 1976/86 ICA London
Breaking Boundaries: New British videotapes ICA London
Fukijoka Museum Japan
Ave 87 Arnhem Netherlands
Sao Paolo Festival Sao Paulo
Re-scanning ICA Boston USA
Kijkhuis The Hague Netherlands
Video Positive Tate Gallery Liverpool
Third Eye Centre Glasgow
Seagate Gallery Dundee
Ikon Gallery Birmingham
Video Positive TOY BOX CDROM Tate Gallery Liverpool
Media Circus Crawford Gallery DJCA Dundee
The Showroom, London
Videoart Britanic, Cente d’Art Monica, Barcelona, Spain
SSA Annual Exhibition, RSA Galleries, Edinburgh
Zone Festival, Maidstone.
DCA, Centrespace, Dundee
Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee
Street Level, Glasgow
17th World Wide Video Festival, Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews
European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany
Demarco/70/2000 University of Kingston, Edinburgh City Art Gallery, Ruskin Museum Conniston,
Oxford Brookes University.
National Review of Live Art, the Arches, Glasgow
Early British Video Works, Tate Britain, London
A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London
20 years of the World Wide Video Festival, VideoLisbon, Portugal,
and Recontres Videos Art Plastique, Herouville St Claire, Caen, France.
Short Histories of Video Art, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton
Experiments in the Moving Image, Old Lumiere Cinema, London
Captured NRLA, Tramway, Glasgow,
Triad, ICA, London
Installation No 1, ‘Towards Defining An Aesthetic’, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow
8 x 8 x 8, ‘The Video Show’, Tate
A Spatial Drawing; A condition of Space, 2b Butlers Wharf, London
Delineations, Aylton Basement, Newcastle
A Coincidence of Space, Paris Biennale, Palais des Tokyo, Paris
Dialogue for Four Players, AIR Gallery, London
Sketch for a square, ‘Video Art 78’, Herbert Read Gallery, Coventry
Study in Blue, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Kitchen, New York
Display-Displaced, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Kitchen, New York
Scape, DJCA Gallery, Dundee
Interrun, ‘Events Space’, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Interrun, ‘Video Positive’, Tate Liverpool (Sound by Lei Cox)
Easy Piece- School of Television & Imaging, DJCAD, Dundee. The Showroom, London, 1997, Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee, March 1999, Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen 2000
Chimera, (with Elaine Shemilt)
SSA at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, October 1998. Subsequently shown at the opening of DCA, Centrespace, Dundee, March 1999; the Dick Institute July 1999, Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen 2000
…for one of your smiles, Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee, March 1999 and the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, July 1999; Street Level, Glasgow October 1999, Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen 2000.
Slap Movie, Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee,
March 1999 and the Dick Institute July 1999; Street Level, Glasgow October 1999; Crawford Arts Centre, March-May2000; Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen 2000.
Intangible Bodies (joint work with Elaine Shemilt)
Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee, March 1999 ; the Dick Institute July 1999; Crawford Arts Centre, March-May 2000; Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen 2000.
HiDeeHiDiddleLadyHiDeeHiDeeHiDoh, Captured NRLA, Tramway, Glasgow, 2006
Dialogue for Two Players
One Thousand and One Boys Games
Vide Voce (The Three’s in the Four), with David Cunningham
The Meaning of This Sentence
Sentences 1, 2 & 3
The Sounds of These Words
Monitor (version 2)
This Is A Sentence (cd-rom)
‘A Coincidence of Space’: Bursary Application for £1,500′, by Stephen Partridge with description of ‘Interlace’, ‘Sketch for a Square’, ‘A Coincidence of Space’, C.V. to 1978 and David Cunningham’s review of ‘Dialogue for Four Players’ at Air Gallery, 18th December 1978.
‘Behold Vertical Devices’: Article from Studio International, 1976 ‘Video – Report by Tamara Krikorian’. Krikorian reports on two events in Glasgow – ‘Symposium: The future of video in Scotland, Event: Towards Defining an Aesthetic, Third Eye centre’.