10th & 11th September 2022

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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. After two year's absence we're delighted that we will be opening again this year. 

Open Studios 2022!

On the 10th & 11th of September 2022, 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.  

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, these include craftwork in glass blowing, glass fusion, stained glass, textiles, calligraphy, ceramics, stone letter carving, jewellery & printing.  The artists, craftspeople and designers will be 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!

The exhibition in The Gallery, Gates and Walls and Carnivals will be by resident artist Chris Seaber. There will be another exhibition in The Project Space 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 and more......

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the few hundred kind people who filled in visitor experience questionnaires at our last Open Studios in 2019. 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). 

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 issues. A solution to our lack of water is the drilling of a borehole; however, the estimated cost of this project is £20,000. To read more about the appeal, click here. To donate, please follow this link: Any amount you can give, no matter how small, will help us towards our goal to maintain Parndon Mill as Harlow’s creative oasis.