Stephen Scrivener: Artist Theorist


Stephen Scrivener studied Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) from 1969 to 1972. In 1972 he joined the Experimental Department at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, directed by the systems artist, Malcolm Hughes. He went on to complete a PhD in Computer Science at Loughborough University and worked as a lecturer and researcher in various university departments in that discipline. There are two main parts to his creative practice: making artworks and writing articles. His work has taken place in parallel with holding a number of academic research positions. As a theorist, Stephen has contributed to practice-based research discourse and in particular, the role of the artefact in knowledge. His observations in his interview on the relevance of Donald Schön's concepts of desirable and undesirable surprise to creative practitioners are immensely valuable to the discourse on reflective practice.

Stephen Scrivener:

In his interview, Stephen discusses his creative practice and his thinking on the nature of surprise.


The interview (pdf file)