Studied at Hammersmith School of Art 1947-1954, and at the Royal College of Art 1956-1960.
He was a resident at Digswell House 1962-1966 and currently lives at Hinxworth Place in Hertfordshire.
He has held various part-time teaching posts in UK from 1958-1962.
Full-time at St. Albans School of Art and Hertfordshire College of Art and Design 1962-1977.
Visiting Associate Professor in Printmaking and Sculpture, Eastern Michigan University
Visiting lecturer Detroit School of Creative Arts 1970-1971.
Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence University of Michigan 1980.
John W Mills was made Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors 1982 and was awarded their Otto Beit medal in 1983 for the sculpture ‘Curved Neck Grace’. Later he was elected president of the Society in 1986 and again in 1997. In 1993 he was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Awarded an Honorary Master of Arts Degree by University College Northampton 2000