BBC and the artwork of Eric Gill

Miriam Stevenson made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Eric Gill is the sculptor responsible for the following artworks which I understand, from a previous FOIR, were commissioned for the opening of the BBC in 1932/33

- Ariel & Prospero: statuary on front of the original Broadcasting House
- Plus 3 friezes on the West and East elevations of the building
- Some abstract motif work on the West elevation
- A second statue, The Sower, on the back wall of the original reception

Please could you answer the following questions:

1. Please could you supply any and all unredacted minutes of meetings where discussions were held and decisions were made to commission the above works of art from Mr Gill?

2. Who exactly contacted and liaised with Eric Gill regarding the commissioning of the artworks?

3. Please could you supply copies of invoices and receipts for Eric Gill's commissioned artworks?

4. Since October 2012-Please could you provide any and all documentation relating to discussions by the BBC executive and/or the BBC Trust as to the appropriateness of the "Ariel and Prospero" statue for display outside the BBC as a publicly owned building?

5. Are there are any current plans to remove any of Eric Gill's artwork from public display outside or inside the premises of the BBC? Yes or No?

Yours faithfully,

Dr Miriam Stevenson

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Ms Stevenson

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 27th September 2014. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20141587

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Thank you very much for your prompt and helpful response to my request.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Miriam Stevenson

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