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Newcastle Law School is seeking to commission a poem for our garden.

19 October 2022

Newcastle Law School is seeking to commission a poem for our garden which articulates our values and makes a positive statement supporting our vision to be ‘globally connected, locally rooted and a compassionate community’.

it is part of Art and Law Projects, a new initiative which aims to invigorate our buildings and public realm with arts projects and commissions which respond to our values.

2023 marks 100 years of teaching law and 60 years of Newcastle Law School graduates and the poetry commission will help celebrate and mark these milestones.

Our aim is to site the poem on the two brick wall panels in the Law School Garden (pictured). The details of the competition are below and the closing date is 2 December 2022.


  • The Law School is developing a number of arts commissions to improve its built environment and enhance the student experience.
  • The school has pledged to 'embrace diversity and advance social justice by addressing contemporary and future challenges' and the arts proposals will aim to support this with interventions throughout the building.
  • Each of the arts proposals helps to communicate the school's values of: Social Justice. Compassion. Wellbeing. Excellence. Responsibility. Respect. Challenge.
The poetry commission should respond to one of the themes highlighted below:
  • Social challenges and ethical issues.
  • Celebrate women in law.
  • Make a visible statement about anti-slavery and the role of lawyers.
The Law School garden includes Modern Slavery Roses which were bred and exhibited as part of the Modern Slavery Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016.
Design and fabrication
There are two brick-framed wall panels which could accommodate the poem. For the illustrations and approximate word count, please email
Following the selection of the winning poem the writer will be involved in the design process with the text design and poem fabrication managed by curator Matthew Jarratt with Founded Design.

How to apply

  1. The prize is open to writers who are studying or teaching at Newcastle Law School or the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and Newcastle Law School Alumni.
  2. The competition is free to enter and the winning writer will receive £500.
  3. All entries will be judged by a selection panel including staff from Newcastle Law School and the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, representatives of the Law School student body and Law School Advisory Board.
  4. All poems must have a title, should aim to fit the available wall space and be written in English.
  5. Entries should respond to the brief and project themes and can be written in any style or form. 
  6. Poems must be the original work of the author. Entries cannot have been previously published anywhere. This includes on social media such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, as well as in anthologies, magazines, solo collections, school prints, on any website, including blogs and online magazines. Poems cannot have been broadcast on any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform, nor been placed in any other competition.
  7. Entries should be submitted on a Word Doc via email to
  8. The closing date of the competition is 2 December 2022.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences