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  Julie Verhoeven, Red Herring


Julie Verhoeven

Red Herring

CFPR Consultation: Public Art Commission:  Thirty-six square metres of vitreous enamel panels by artist Julie Verhoeven for new development at Harbourside Bristol 2007
Collaborators: Julie Verhoeven and Elizabeth Turrell, Technical printing and enamelling by UWE Enamel Team, Centre Print Research: Elizabeth Turrell Steve Hoskins Ed Silverton, Frea Buckler

Project: Building 9  Bristol Harbourside.
Architects: Edward Cullinan Architects Ltd
Client: Crest Nicholson (SW) Ltd AJ Wells and Sons, Vitreous Enamellers: Fabrication of enamel panels Date: 2009
Red Herring, Julie Verhoeven public art commission, 2009
Red Herring, Julie Verhoeven public art commission, 2009
Red Herring, Julie Verhoeven public art commission, 2009









Vitreous enamel artist Elizabeth Turrell from the University of the West of England (UWE) has worked with Julie Verhoeven, a fashion illustrator, artist and designer to produce a unique public art work for Crest Nicholson's Harbourside development in Bristol city centre.

The panels, which together form a work called Red Herring, are now in place in the entrance to the new Crescent building on the waterfront complex. This is the latest piece in a £1 million public art programme by Crest Nicholson.

Elizabeth Turrell explains, “We worked closely with Julie over a period of three months to produce the panels. The largest is a 1 metre circle, and they cover 16 square metres in total. The images are a collage of photographic images, prints and hand drawings and it is unusual to fire different mediums together in this way. We fired the vitreous glass panels at a temp of 800 degrees C onto steel panels. Our enamel on metal kiln is the largest in the country at an educational establishment and it can fire panels up to 6ft by 8ft. Once fired the image is permanent, fade-proof and weatherproof. This is an excellent way to produce long lasting, high quality public art works.”

The CFPR hold a patent on the water-based screenprinting process which enables the photographic image to be fired onto the panel.

Julie Verhoeven, who teaches Fashion Design and Illustration at Central St Martins Fashion College in London, says, “I chose to work with the CFPR because they have a history of working on unusual projects with artists, and they are always happy to handle projects which are out of the ordinary. They have been excellent to work with, and I am very happy with the finished work.”

This piece of public art is the latest in a series of works to be installed at Harbourside. Developer Crest Nicholson has commissioned artworks including pieces by Turner prize short listed artists Langlands and Bell, Richard Box, Janice Kerbel, Tim Knowles and many others. Together they create a public art trail.