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Art on Campus

Our campus is home to numerous exciting art pieces, ranging from sculpture to mosaic.

Campus art

Our campus is home to many pieces of beautiful art. From stunning work by our own graduates, to those created by artists known across the world.
Follow the map around the campus and take in the wealth of exciting art across many different media.


Artist: Antony Gormley
Location: King's Walk, between the Students' Union and Northern Stage

Gormley's 'Clasp' is a 4.4-metre-high cast iron sculpture. It depicts two bodies holding each other and is part of the artist's 'Double Blockworks' series. The sculpture is of 18 individual blocks and cast as one single element in spheroidal graphite iron.

A cast-iron sculpture by Anthony Gormley, situated on Newcastle University campus.

Welcome to the Palindrome

Artists: Bridget Jones and Linda France
Location: Hadrian Bridge pedestrian tunnel

A playful integration of image and language. A single word is printed onto each of the 26 panels. You are invited to read the words as a complete poem as you pass through the tunnel from either direction.

Detail of Welcome to the Palindrome by Bridget Jones and Lisa France. 26 panels line a pedestrian tunnel, with a single word from a poem printed on each panel.


Artists: Bill Herbert, Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and graphic designer Colin Hagan
Location: Outside the Philip Robinson Library

An intriguing text-based work in which small bronze pentagram forms are embedded into the ground and enclosed by seating. Within each pentagram, five poetic lines swirl into a centre point. Start the poem at any point and follow it round.

A bronze pentagram embedded into the floor before a curved bench. Five poetic lines swirl into the centre of the pentagram

Spiral Nebula

Artist: Geoffrey Clarke, RA
Location: in front of the Herschel Building

Spiral Nebula is an important example of post-war 20th-century public art. It was originally commissioned in 1962 by the architect Sir Basil Spence, to be permanently sited in front of the Herschel Building to complement its modernist architecture. The sculpture can be taken as a symbol of scientific advances in the 1960s and reflects the subjects being explored in the Herschel Building’s physics department at that time. In 2012 conservation of the sculpture was undertaken by Geoffrey Clarke’s son, Jonathan. This was supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, INTO Partnership and the Catherine Cookson Foundation.

A detail of Spiral Nebula by Geoffrey Clarke in front of the Herschel Building. The aluminium sculpture follows a spiral pattern


Artist: Dr Lilian Nabulime, Newcastle University Fine Art graduate
Location: Devonshire Building foyer

Unity comprises three figures carved from the trunk of a sycamore tree that stood on the site now occupied by the Devonshire Building. The sculptures are on permanent display in the Devonshire Building. The artist remarked that the sculptures’ themes were appropriate to sustaining our environment.

A detail of Unity by Dr Lilian Nabulime. A figure with an abstract face is sculpted from a sycamore tree

Three Mosaic Murals

Artist: Dorothy Annan
Location: Embedded into the high exterior walls of the Courtyard Restaurant, Old Library Building

The three marble mosaics were commissioned in 1958 by the architects Easton and Robertson who were building the King's College Library extension, now named the ‘Old Library Building’. The abstract figures each symbolise a different theme: ‘Space Travel’, ‘Mining’ and ‘Architecture’. Dorothy Annan was a talented English painter, potter and muralist. Many of her tile murals have been destroyed; this commission is one of only three surviving murals by Dorothy Annan.

A detail of Three Mosaic Murals by Dorothy Annan. The marble murals are embedded high into the exterior walls of the Old Library Building


Artist: Joseph Hillier, Newcastle University Fine Art graduate
Location: Student Forum

Generation (2005) is an impressive group of three large sculptural human heads. They are rendered in bronze, Corten steel and stainless steel and are reminiscent of three different eras of human and industrial production. The bronze head recalls early metalworking in the North of England. The Corten steel head, with a rust-like appearance, recalls later advances in industry, while the stainless steel head, formed by a network of welded steel rods, resonates with the modern digital age.

A detail of Generation by Joseph Hillier. Three large heads are built in bronze, steel, and stainless steel

I think you imagine, you imagine I think

Artist: Joseph Hillier, Newcastle University Fine Art graduate
Location: Foyer of Newcastle University Business School, Barrack Road, just opposite St James’ Park football stadium.

A sculpture of a face and neck formed in stainless steel circles

Being Human

Artist: Joseph Hillier, Newcastle University Fine Art graduate
Location: Courtyard of the Biomedical Research Building on the Health Innovation Neighbourhood, a purpose-built campus in the west end of the city on the site of the former Newcastle General Hospital.

A detail of Being Human by Joseph Hillier, sculpted in bronze and steel

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Artist: Nigel Boonham
Location: King's Quad courtyard next to the King’s Hall, the setting for Dr King’s honorary degree ceremony 50 years ago

The two-metre tall bronze statue was specially commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of his visit to accept an honorary degree and was unveiled by Ambassador Andrew Young, a close friend and colleague of Dr King’s and who accompanied him to Newcastle in 1967. 

A two-metre tall bronze sculpture of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. He is sculpted wearing a graduation gown

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