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About BGM

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Yes, I'm Bernard G Mills. I am a photographer who has been working with the medium since the 1960s and am now pursuing a path as an artist/photographer and more recently, a painter. In the past I have been a tutor of film animation, a graphic designer and a full-time lecturer in Art and Design in the Further Education sector.


Skilled in the use of small, medium and large format photography and the digital workflow, I am able to produce high quality imagery that incorporates a strong sense of structural design. Much of my work involves a sustained archival element, be it the photographic recording of collected objects, the abstract qualities of the upward view or the durational documentation of a series of performances.


My personal work operates alongside the work that I produce for others; work such as documentation of artwork, installations, exhibitions, performances, events, interiors and exteriors. I have a studio in Phoenix Art Space, Brighton.


Since 2011, I have been working on a major, ongoing painting work entitled Morning Tunes which is being subdivided into subsections of forty-five individual paintings. 

Bernard G Mills—Curriculum Vitae 2020     


Current photographic projects include:

Extra Ordinary Objects: reviewing significance to obsolete technology.

Looking Up: a self-imposed restriction on the direction of view.

In Galleries: visible otherness.


Clients for photographic work include:

Anniversary—acts of memory for Monica Ross—video and photographic documentation.


Anna Deamer, Anna Hunt, Annika Ström, Barbara Loftus, Claudia Fontes, David Batchelor,  David Medalla, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Jane King, Karin von Pinxteren, Kay Aplin, Lara Viana, Louise Bristow, Mona Hatoum, Monica Ross, Natalie Papamichael, Peter Seddon, Semiconductor,  Suzanne Treister and Susan Hiller.



Mikel Rosen, Jacques Azagury, Blue Edge, Zoë Mode 



meta. gallery (Hove), Permanent Gallery (Hove), Tudor House (Southampton), APEC Studios (Hove), Phoenix (Brighton), Matt’s Gallery (London), Raven Row (London), Vivid (Birmingham)



Mikhail Karikis, Terry & Gerry, The Specials 



Andrew Mitchelson Documentation of Orduithe@8, Lighthouse (arts agency, Brighton), HOUSE Festival (Brighton), Mike Horseman, Polity Press, Whitstable Biennali 2014 & 2015.



2020                Morning Tunes—The First 45.  Solo show. Paintings. Window Gallery, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

2019                Haiku. Studio members’ show at Phoenix, Brighton. Exhibited S&D&R&R (triptych, acrylic paint.)

2018                Group show. Five Morning Tunes Paintings. Brighton Festival. Window Gallery, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

2017                Present Tense. Group show, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton: curated by Lucy Day

2015                Fidget. APEC Open Studios, Hove. As associate member, exhibited NDE or the Alphaville Effect

2014                  A3 Group show, Phoenix, Brighton

2013                Studio (group show) The Study. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton Festival)

2012                Last Chance Salon (group show) Morning Tunes. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton Festival)

2012                Imprint (group show) Recall. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton CineCity)

2011                Rear Window (group show) Window on the World. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton CineCity)

2011                House Open exhibition, The Regency Town House, Brighton.     

2010                Phototropic (group show) An Inadvertent Collector. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton Photo Fringe)

2010                APEC Open Studios Exhibition (group show) My Life as a Self-Portrait. APEC Studios, Hove

2009                APEC Open Studios Exhibition (group show) Looking Up. APEC Studios, Hove

2008                Around Photography (group show) Extra Ordinary Objects. APEC Open Studios (Brighton Photo Fringe)

2008                Storage (solo show) Freeman Centre, University of Sussex (Brighton Festival)

2008                APEC Open Studios Exhibition (group show) Books. APEC Studios, Hove

2007                Relay (group show) Title Roll (video installation). Friese Greene Gallery, Brighton

2005                Pilot Boxes 1-12. eta. exhibition space, Hove

2000                Lenz (group show) Coast. Brighton Festival

1998                Fragments (solo exhibition) Contact Gallery, Brighton Media Centre

1998                Bernard G Mills: Coast (solo exhibition) The Grange Museum & Art Gallery, Rottingdean

1998                Art Staff, Crawley (group show) Horsham Arts Centre

1998                Sussex Open (selected entry) Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

1996                Sussex Open (selected entry) Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

1995                Art Staff, Crawley (group show) Horsham Arts Centre

1993                Art Staff, Crawley (group show) Horsham Arts Centre


Books and catalogues    (My photographs of other people's work)

Claudia Fontes   El Problema del Caballo       Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentinian Republic 2017

Andrew Gifford.   India.                                    John Martin Gallery 2018

Monica Ross       Ethical Actions—A Critical Fine Art Practice   Sternberg Press 2016

Barbara Loftus    Die Bürokratie des Terrors    Scrutineer Publishing. 2013

Barbara Loftus    Sigmismund's Watch            Philip Wilson Publishers. 2011

Louise Bristow    Hidden Persuaders               Permanent Gallery 2009

Louise Bristow    Louise Bristow                      Maas Media Verlag 2009

Annika Ström      Call for a Demonstration       One Star Press 2008

Anna Hunt          There’s a Place for Us           De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill/Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver 2001           

Monica Ross       valentine                               Milch Gallery 2000


Teaching and Professional experience

2011-Present     Painting project: Morning Tunes

2006-Present     Practising artist/photographer, addressing own projects and third party engagements

1986-06             Lecturer at Crawley College, Art & Design 

1983-86             Freelance graphic designer with illustration and photography.

1977-83             Graphic designer with the Schools Traffic Education programme. 

1976-77             Supply teacher: Birmingham Education Authority.

1974-75             Unemployed: spent much time in drawing, painting, photography, etc.

1971-72             Co-maker of film for the Schools Council/Leeds University 

1970-74             Part-time lecturer at Birmingham Polytechnic, School of Postgraduate Graphic Design

                           teaching film animation and running the animation unit.



1976                 Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Art Education)—PGCE(AE)

1975-76            Student at Birmingham Polytechnic, School of Art Education—specialised in Further and 

                         Higher Education.           

1970                 Higher Diploma in Design—H.Dip. Des.

1969-70            Post graduate student at Birmingham Art College studying film animation

1969                 Diploma in Art and Design—Graphic Design—Dip. A.D.

1966-69            Three year diploma course at Maidstone College of Art 

                         studying graphic design and photography. Interest in film-making developed.  

1965-66            One year photographic course at Maidstone College of Art 

                         resulting in City and Guilds Intermediate Photography 1st Class

August 2020

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