Part of Essex Summer of Art ENAS events

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July 2018

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Parndon mill flying the flag


In this idyllic setting, over twenty studios offer an insight into the creative process and the opportunity to participate.

The 2017 Open Studios weekend was one of the most successful to date, with almost 900 visitors in total.
An amazing diversity of talent and skills are nurtured at Parndon Mill and will be on view during the Open Studios event. In addition to the fine arts of painting and sculpture, craftwork in glass, weaving, calligraphy, guitar making, ceramics, jewellery, printing and metalwork can be seen here this weekend. There will also be an insight into architectural skills and the work of graphic and product designers. The artists, craftspeople and designers will talk about their work and demonstrate their techniques. There will also be opportunities to “have a go” at many of the crafts. Glass blowing is especially exciting and can result in taking away a bauble or a vessel.

The Art Play Tent for children was a great success, which we will run again in 2018. Deana Kim Page invites every child of any age to join her ART ANGELS to create a masterpiece! 

It will be a privilege to listen to Richard Ove Stokkereit playing one of David Rouse's classical guitars in his studio from time to time during the weekend.

Examples of the work of most of the participating artists will be exhibited in The Project Space on the ground floor and will hopefully tempt viewers to make the climb to the top floor of the mill.

There will also be an exhibition open to visitors in The Gallery.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the 194 kind people who filled in visitor experience questionnaires at our 2017 Open Studios weekend. This is crucial for Essex arts development, and also so helpful to us in delivering a better experience for the future. Responses to the event were overwhelmingly positive, and it was wonderful to see visitors relax by the canal after finishing the trail of over 20 different artist's studios. Here are just a few of the many comments we received:

'This is the most inspirational place in Harlow.'
'Fantastic! Exciting and creative work happening so wonderful for the local community to be able to share it & be inspired.' 
'This is a wonderful day. The studios are beautiful and inspirational. My two children (4 & 7) were very interested. The artists and craftspeople all spoke to them with enthusiasm.'
'We've had a fantastic afternoon, looking at beautiful objects and speaking to very talented and friendly artists. Thank you!'
'Amazing diversity! We did not know you existed! An interesting 'venue' in its own right'
'Fantastic opportunity to experience the wealth of arts and creativity in your local area.'
'Excellent selection of creative arts & crafts. Hoping to join a few classes and workshops.'
'We love the opportunity to introduce the children to such a wide range of arts.'
'Beautiful setting. Important art and business base for local businesses, adding tremendous value to Harlow.'
'I liked the drawing tent' (Ben, aged 4). 'I liked doing the clay and the colouring' (Fred, aged 8). 

We are already preparing for the 2018 Open Studios Weekend here at Parndon Mill, to be held on the 21st and 22nd July, and look forward to welcoming you. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend.