Part of Essex Summer of Art ENAS events

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July 2017

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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 2016 Open Studios weekend was one of the most successful to date, with over 760 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.

New this year will be an Art Play Tent for children. Deana Kim Page invites every child of any age to join her ART ANGELS to create a masterpiece! Also for children, and adults, Chris Lydamore will present a Pottery Throw Down on Sunday 16th.

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.

Celebrating Harlow being 70 years old this year the exhibition in The Gallery is PICTURE HARLOW showing paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints depicting various aspects of the town.

Responses to the event last year 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 some of the lovely comments we received:

'The best, most diverse collection of talented artists, artisans and crafts-people!'
'Well signposted and organised, friendly and informative craftsmen - very welcoming.'
'A total pleasure to be able to wander around the studios, look at art and chat to the artists.'
'I think it's amazing that so much goes on here and so many people are so passionate about what they do. As a result of last year I take a ceramics class - glass next!'
'Great to be able to introduce the children to such a range of arts.'
'Wonderful to meet all of the art practitioners - an inspiring creative hub!'
'Everyone has been so open and friendly. I have come away knowing a lot more about everyone's work. I am very inspired! Thank you!'

We are already preparing for the 2017 Open Studios Weekend here at Parndon Mill, to be held on the 15th and 16th July, and look forward to welcoming you. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend.