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The Arts and Law projects

The Arts and Law projects

Newcastle Law School is developing a number of arts commissions to improve its built environment and enhance the student experience.

Upcoming projects

Newcastle Law School is developing a number of arts commissions to improve its built environment and enhance the student experience. The Law School seeks to ‘embrace diversity and advance social justice by addressing contemporary and future challenges’ and the arts proposals aim to support this with interventions throughout the building. Each of the arts proposals helps to communicate the Law School’s values of:

  • Social Justice
  • Compassion
  • Wellbeing
  • Excellence
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Challenge

First project: Customary Law in the South Pacific – Hearing women’s voices

The first project for the academic year 2022 – 23 is a photography exhibition called Customary Law in the South Pacific – Hearing women’s voices.

This is an exhibition of documentary photography at the Law School Atrium Galler which will run from Sept 2022 to Spring 2023. The exhibition will showcase Dr Sue Farran's research, which examined the experiences of women in the management and governance of marine resources used for food and to sustain livelihoods in three Pacific island countries:

  • Fiji
  • Solomon Islands
  • Vanuatu

The purpose of the research was to establish the importance of listening to women and giving them a voice in regulatory frameworks which draw on formal and informal control mechanisms but which are often only informed by men’s voices and opinions in strongly patriarchal societies.

Second project: 100 years of teaching law & 60 years of Law School graduates

The second project, aimed at helping the Law School to mark its anniversary in 2023 of 100 years of teaching law and 60 years of Newcastle Law School graduates is a poetry competition. The competition will be open to current students and graduates of Newcastle Law School. We will be looking for poems that either:

  • showcase social challenges and ethical issues
  • celebrate women in law
  • make a visible statement about anti slavery and the role of lawyers

Our aim is to site poems on the two brick wall panels in the Law School Garden. The poetry competition is now open.

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