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Gill Day


Gill Day’s vitreous enamel mural for Southwark Council was part of an urban regeneration project for the Nisa area of Nunhead Village. Vitreous enamel was chosen for its suitability for the external environment but also because it was a medium that emulated the quality of Day’s work. The artwork was based on a series of temporary drawings that Day had produced for the Nunhead Art Trail.

These pictures had covered the windows of shops and businesses in the area to publicise the Trail for a number of weeks but the challenge for Day was to reproduce the free flowing drawings onto enamel. After some experimentation in AJ Wells’ studios the final mural was hand painted using enamel inks but without intermittent firing. This helped retain the brush marks and overlapping colour to create a feeling of spontaneity. The mural has since become a permanent and much loved local landmark that has helped rejuvenate and brighten the area.