Art, design and heritage

Following on from my recent post about local retailers I've also been exploring locally based designer makers and artists. If you want to buy something really special for you or a loved one that will enhance your home, and could potentially increase in value, why not consider commissioning artwork direct from the artist? I visited the following studios last month and the incredible talent I discovered has blown me away and I wanted to share it with you.


Parndon Mill in Harlow is a creative hub for artists, craftspeople, and designers and is supported by the Arts Council England. The wide variety of work produced includes ceramic sculpture, oil paintings, cast glass sculpture, textile wall hangings, cabinetry and architectural metalwork.

Regular exhibitions are held in the gallery on the groundfloor and on a recent visit I saw some fantastic pieces by paper artist Jo Howe and mixed media abstract painter Caroline Lamb.

There are a variety of workshops on offer for anyone interested in learning a new creative skill and the annual open day in July gives visitors a chance to see the resident artists and designers at work.

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The Brothership in the centre of Hertford provides studio and gallery space for a collective group of artists who share a common mission to make art accessible to all. It's well worth dropping by to see the talented artists at work - the place has got great energy and you can buy direct from their shop. For further information -


Grandey's Place near Much Hadham is really special. It was established in 2019 with the support of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and The Heritage Crafts Association as a centre for nurturing and sustaining British heritage crafts. There are 20 studios providing creative spaces for a handpicked selection of the very best designer makers, artists and specialist renovators. The quality of the work produced is outstanding and it was an absolute pleasure to see some of these artists at work when I visited the studios in October. Grandey's Place is hosting a Heritage Craft Week from the 20th- 27th November which will include a series of lectures, classes and tours of the facility as well as a programme of classical music - to find out more see . I'd highly recommend a visit.

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