Parndon Mill

Parndon Mill

Arts Council funding for Parndon Mill

We are thrilled to announce that in March 2020, Parndon Mill successfully applied for funding from Arts Council England. With these funds, we have employed a consultant to aid in the creation of a sustainable development strategy. This will enable us to deliver even more creative engagement opportunities to a wider audience and an ever growing local community.

This is incredibly encouraging for us. Having developed Parndon Mill fairly independently for the last fifty years, we are looking forward to working with partners to create robust plans for a sustainable future.

Click here to read more details. 


For more information on Arts Council funding visit: www.artscouncil.org.uk

Welcome to our hub of creativity

In the interests of public health and safety in these unprecedented times, Parndon Mill is currently closed. Our 3700 + annual student engagements have been virtually non-existent since March, but there are growing opportunities for creative engagement! 
Visit our YouTube channel to view some videos of creative activities, as well as other exciting insights into some of Parndon Mill's artists and the works that are being created in their studios.  You might also like to visit our NEW ONLINE GALLERY where you can view and even purchase affordable fine art and craft work!

Parndon Mill provides workspace for artists, craftspeople, designers and architects who have the opportunity to share ideas and use their different skills to collaborate on creative work. Here it is possible to commission an original piece of artwork in media as varied as oil paint, glass, clay, fabric, stone, wood or metal. Art for an office can be purchased or hired, commercial graphics ordered or a building or a product designed. The expertise is on site and can be supplemented by numerous associates with complementary abilities and a high level of professional skill.

The Gallery on the ground floor of the mill presents a series of exhibitions of fine art and crafts and there is always a selection of artwork available for purchase.

The Project Space accommodates a variety of arts related activities including classes, workshops and events. Tuition in various creative practices is also offered in the studios for individuals or small groups.

An annual Open Studios event at the end of July invites visitors to see how and where artists work, providing an insight into the creative process.

A plea for help

In 2019 Parndon Mill launched a Borehole Appeal. Despite its location next to the River Stort, Parndon Mill is not connected to mains water as it is cut off from the town by the railway line, and thus we rely on an increasingly unreliable well. We can no longer easily provide water for the amount of visitors that we receive; we have around 3700 student engagements a year, and our annual Open Studios event brings upwards of 800 visitors over the course of one weekend. For this event, we have to borrow and transport 3300 litres of water from the local fire brigade. With a falling water table, we are in serious danger of having to cancel events like Open Studios and classes, and perhaps even close the Mill itself.

In order to allow Parndon Mill to grow, flourish and continue to deliver public engagement with the arts, we need to find a sustainable water supply. The solution is a borehole.

The cost of this project is £20,000. As a registered charity we receive no government funding, so we rely on public donations. For more information on the Borehole Appeal click here, or please donate as generously as you can at justgiving.com/campaign/borehole2019. Any amount you can give, no matter how small, will help us towards our goal to maintain Parndon Mill as Harlow’s creative oasis.

We are extremely grateful to Longmores Solicitors and Dechert LLP for their pro bono work which was instrumental in Parndon Mill being granted the status of a Trust in 2016, and for their continued dedication of time and effort to this next development of our creative community.

Parndon Mill Registered Charity No. 1168202