Parndon Mill
Welcome to our hub of creativity


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 14th and 15th of September 2024 invites visitors to see how and where artists work, providing an insight into the creative process.
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  ONLINE GALLERY where you can view and even purchase affordable fine art and craft work! 


 Parndon Mill, just off Elizabeth Way, Harlow, has existed as an arts centre for over fifty years, but it is only seven years since it became a charitable trust.  Our mission is to make the arts available to everyone, and we are making steady progress.

However, to fulfil our mission and to thrive, we rely on the good will of Trustees and Volunteers.  Are you ready and willing to join our small but dedicated team?  We’d love to hear from you if you’d be interested in taking up one (or more) of the following roles:


We’re seeking new, proactive Trustees, who can dedicate time between our quarterly Board meetings.  We’re looking for people who value the importance of the arts and want to play a major part in helping push Parndon Mill forward.  We’re particularly interested in people with the following skills and knowledge, but don’t be put off from applying if you’re not quite sure how you’d fit in:

  • Funding applications
  • PR/marketing
  • Finance
  • Property management/letting/maintenance

Gallery Curators and Gallery Assistants

Our Gallery Curator, Sally, will imminently be taking well-earned retirement, so we’re looking for a group of volunteers to take on the very important task of maintaining the Gallery. 

The role of Gallery Curator – which could be shared between two or more people – involves:

  • creating a vibrant and stimulating programme of exhibitions in order to attract and engage a broad range of creative practitioners and visitors to the Gallery
  • helping visitors discover the artwork by being knowledgeable about the artists and the artwork
  • working closely with Gallery Assistants to ensure the smooth running of the Gallery

The role of Gallery Assistant covers a variety of duties.  Whilst we wouldn’t expect one volunteer to take on the whole role, opportunities are available for those with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Hospitality – Meeting and greeting visitors, ensuring a warm welcome
  • Basic administration – keeping the Gallery clean and tidy, leaflet printing etc.
  • Communications & Marketing – Maintaining a mailing database, updating social media etc.
  • Sales – Processing Gallery sales and recording details

If you’re interested in any of these roles, we’d really love to hear from you.  Please contact Trustees Jenny Holland or Bev Ingram for more information – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you haven’t been to Parndon Mill before and would like to find out more about our amazing community before committing, do please get in touch with Roger Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a visit.  


We've just launched our latest JustGiving appeal which seeks to raise funds in order to refurbish our existing toilets in order to make them fully accessible for our artists and guests. This will ensure that our Hub of Creativity is fully accessible and caters to everyone's needs. Read more here: