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A very special event to mark the closing weekend of Adore, Garry Fabian Miller’s films, made in collaboration with Sam Fabian Miller, will be presented with live responses by the performers Fitzhardinge Consort, Alice Oswald, Dan Johnson, and Kathleen Frances. Also included will be a taster of a new film project by Sam Fabian Miller.

Performances will alternate between our auditorium (where the films will be screened) and the galleries.


3:00 – 3:45 Fitzhardinge Consort

4:30 – 5:00 Dan Johnson

5:15 – 5:45 Sam Fabian Miller

6:00 – 7:00 Alice Oswald

7:15 -7:45 Kathleen Frances


Sam Fabian Miller is a film maker from Dartmoor, Devon who has won Royal Television Society awards for his cinematography on both dramas, Kitty Jay, 2022 and comedy, Clamped, 2021. Sam has had his work screened at national and international film festivals. His first documentary, exploring the unique relationship between guide dog and owner, premiered at Cinemagic, 2021, and picked up awards at Berlin Lift Off Festival, 2021. Sam works in the UK Film and TV industry alongside his personal projects.

Since its founding in 2000, the Fitzhardinge Consort has brought international-standard, rarely-performed choral music to the South West of England and beyond. Directed by Peter Wagstaff, the choir sings regularly across the region to great critical acclaim, and has quickly become known for its exciting and original interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque music, as well as new works of living composers. For this special Adore event, they will perform a programme including works by William Byrd and JS Bach.

Kathleen Frances is an artist and producer who grew up in Bristol. Celebrated for her strikingly warm, rich vocals over keyboard accompaniments, she was a finalist in Glastonbury’s Emerging talent competition in 2020. Since then, Frances has gone on to play festivals across Europe including Pitchfork Paris and a sell-out headline London show at Servant Jazz Quarters, as well as contributing to Secretly Canadian’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Her debut EP, Through The Blue, was released to critical acclaim in March 2022.

An active participant in the Bristol DIY alternative/underground scene, drummer, performance artist and teacher Dan Johnson is known for organising a range of DIY events. He has been a popular house drummer at multiple venues in Bristol, holding several long-term residencies from Funk and Hip Hop to the Experimental & Avant-Garde. He has toured the UK and Europe extensively including dates at Ronnie Scott’s, the Jazz Cafe, Centrum Kultury Lublinie, and Kulturhaus Karlstorbanhnhoff. In addition to his many collaborations he is a keen solo artist intent on pushing the boundaries of improvisation, sound and rhythm. Some of Dan’s projects and collaborators, past and present, include: EP/64, Run Logan Run, DJxKWF, Yama Warashi, GNOD, Tina Hitchens, MXLX, Loick Essien, Faith Bekoe, Ben Vince, and Ossia.

Alice Oswald is the author of 11 collections of poetry. She often works in book-length projects and is known for her interests in gardening, ecology, and music. Her second book, Dart (2002), was the outcome of years of primary and secondary research into the history, environment, and community along the River Dart in Devon, England. Oswald’s many honors and awards include the T.S. Eliot Prize (2002), the Griffin Poetry Prize (2017), an Eric Gregory Award, an Arts Foundation Award for Poetry, a Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and a Ted Hughes Award. In 2019, she became the first woman to be appointed as Oxford University Professor of Poetry, a four-year tenure. She will read from Dart for this special event.

A colour photograph of the Dark Studio at Arnolfini. The room is dark save for one of Garry Fabian Miller's film on the screen.
photo by Lisa Whiting Photography for Arnolfini. All rights reserved.

About the Artist

A colour photograph of artist Garry Fabian Miller sat in a white walled and floor studio, surrounded by his work.

Garry Fabian Miller

Garry Fabian Miller (born 1957, Bristol) is one of the most progressive figures in contemporary fine art photography.
ADORE is his third exhibition at Arnolfini in his home city.

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