23rd & 24th September 2023

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It has been great to see Open Studios grow in popularity over the years and to have the opportunity to introduce our creative community to so many people.  We're delighted that we will be opening again from 10am - 5pm on 23rd & 24th September 2023. 

Open Studios 2023

Over twenty studios in this idyllic setting will open their doors to offer an insight into the creative process, as well as the opportunity to participate in some.  

Open Studios offers a chance for members of the public to see the amazing diversity of talent and skills that are nurtured here at Parndon Mill. In addition to the fine arts of painting and sculpture, there is craftwork in glass blowing, glass fusion, stained glass, textiles, calligraphy, ceramics, stone letter carving, jewellery & printing.  The artists, craftspeople and designers are available to talk about their work and to demonstrate their techniques. There are also opportunities to “have a go” at some of the crafts; glass blowing is especially exciting and results in many visitors taking away a bauble or a vessel! 

We would like to extend our huge thanks to Raytheon UK and their amazing staff who have given over 500hrs of hard graft to paint the Stable building, gates, bridges and the 21 metre raised walkway on the towpath opposite, in order to get Parndon Mill ready for Open Studios.

The exhibition in The Gallery, HINTERLAND  combines letter carving by Simon Langsdale with drawings and paintings by Jane Bottery which are influenced by the natural world and local landscapes. In The Project Space will be an exhibition comprising work by artists attending the classes run by Ivan Daggett, Angelika Hinton, Jon Lewis, Simon Langsdale, Sue Wagstaff, Margery Lovatt, Mark L'Argent, Ewa Wawrzyniak, Deana Kim Page, Roger Jeffs, Corrina Dunlea, Jordan Cook and Jon Farningham and Billie Achilleos. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the few hundred kind people who filled in visitor experience questionnaires at our previous Open Studios. This is crucial for arts development in the County, 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 that we have received over the years:

'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). 

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A word from our sponsors...... "At Raytheon UK, we are committed to forging community connections and building social value.  Volunteering is therefore a key part of well-being and the Raytheon UK employee experience. Activities are available year-round under Raytheon UK’s Forward Steps corporate social responsibility programme, and Connect Up, an RTX global initiative with similar goals. Every year, our employees spend thousands of hours volunteering in our communities, giving help to the most vulnerable in our society and working to inspire the next generation into careers in STEM"

There are still many other opportunities to participate in our arts programme this summer.

Parndon Mill will still be welcoming participants to our range of art classes that are held throughout the year.
Some of our artists will be offering classes in a wide range of disciplines. Some are single sessions for a morning or afternoon; others are one, two or three day courses. Beginners are very welcome, as are those who wish to extend their skill. It will be a great opportunity to have a go at something new, with excellent teaching in a beautiful setting!

In 2019 Parndon Mill launched a Borehole Appeal in order to address our water shortage issues. A solution to our lack of water was the drilling of a borehole with an estimated cost £20,000. May we thank all who have kindly donated to our appeal, as we now have a functioning borehole supply.