Save the Children to stop using lyrics designed by pedophile artist Eric Gill

Save the Children stops using fonts designed by disgraced pedophile artist Eric Gill in its branding

  • Save the Children to get the use of the Gill Sans font out of the branding by 2022
  • The font was designed by disgraced artist and pedophile Eric Gill in 1928
  • BBC stopped using Gill Sans last year after complaints from its audience
  • Gill made headlines this week after protester attacked one of his London sculptures










Save the Children bosses have agreed to remove the font originally designed by disgraced artist and pedophile Eric Gill from corporate branding.

The children’s charity confirmed it would no longer use the Gill Sans font logo, which was designed by Gill himself and released for public use in the UK from 1928.

Save the Children bosses have agreed to remove the font originally designed by disgraced artist and pedophile Eric Gill from corporate branding.

Employees of the organization are said to have repeatedly warned managers of the dangers of linking a known abuser’s work to a children’s charity before Gill’s work was finally discontinued.

Save the Children is said to have agreed to remove Gill Sans from its brand name last year after sources highlighted the potential hypocrisy of a children’s organization using artwork produced by a man who abused his two eldest daughters.

Gill made headlines again this week when an outraged protester, David Chick, chopped up one of his 1933 statues, which can be seen outside BBC’s Broadcast House in London.

Campaigners have long called for the statue, named Prospero and Ariel, to be removed ever since decades after his death in 1940, creator Eric Gill was revealed to have sexually abused his two eldest daughters.

A source told executives it “probably wasn’t a good idea” to continue using Gill’s artwork into the 21st century, The Times reports.

On the website of Save the Children she announces that the intention is that ‘children stay safe, healthy and continue to learn’.

But the most recently published 2016 guidelines insist that the use of Gill Sans Infant Standard should be used across the organization’s extensive body of published literature.

The news comes just days after a sculpture called 'Prospero and Ariel' installed in 1933 by Gill (pictured above) on the side of the BBC's Broadcast House was attacked by a lone hammer-wielding protester.

The news comes just days after a sculpture called ‘Prospero and Ariel’ installed in 1933 by Gill (pictured above) on the side of the BBC’s Broadcast House was attacked by a lone hammer-wielding protester.

Eric Gill: The Dark Side of a Famous Sculptor

Pictured: English sculptor Eric Gill

Pictured: English sculptor Eric Gill

  • In 1907 Eric Gill moved with his wife Ethel Hester Moore to Ditchling in Sussex, where he founded a bohemian artist community.
  • In Sussex and in his later home in a ruined Benedictine monastery in Wales, he made life drawings of his daughters as they grew up
  • He drew his daughter Petra, whom he admitted to having had sex with, as a naked teenager in the work Girl In Bath
  • In his diary, published after his death, he described his fondness for bestiality and incest – with his sister and with his daughters
  • He had a series of affairs with models for work

The charity has since promised to roll out a new font before 2022.

Save the Children has been contacted with comment.

Last October, the BBC ditched the use of Gill Sans in its programming following complaints from viewers that it looked ‘dated’ and ‘old-fashioned’.

But the national broadcaster has so far rejected calls to tear down Gill’s Prospero and Ariel statue that adorns the side of Broadcasting House in Portland Place.

It is one of a number of Gill sculptures at the BBC’s headquarters – the Sower can be found in the reception area, while also contributing to the bas reliefs of Ariel in the building.

David Chick, 52, was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal harm and was held in custody today by the Metropolitan Police after being charged with using a hammer to attack a statue by noted pedophile Gill.

The Gill sculpture, which depicts Prospero and Ariel from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, was installed in 1933, according to the BBC.

“Prospero, Ariel’s master, is ten feet tall and is depicted sending Ariel into the world. Ariel, as the ghost of the sky, was seen as a fitting symbol for the new mystery of broadcasting,” the BBC said on its website.

In 1990, the BBC adopted his Gill Sans font, which he created in 1927. The company used the font for its wordmark and many of its on-screen television images.

The logo became one of the longest-established logos in the world and was only recently changed.

A biography on the Tate museum’s website said: ‘Gill’s religious views and subject matter contrast with his sexual behavior, including his erotic art, and (as reported in his own journals) his extramarital affairs and sexual abuse of his daughters, sisters and dog. . ‘

Nearly 2,500 people have previously signed a petition asking for the image to be removed from the website of the political action group 38 Degrees.

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