Magna Carta – 800th Anniversary Competition

The University of Lincoln is launching two competitions to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

Thanks to funding from the Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, the University of Lincoln is launching a competition for students and staff to design and build a sculpture for its campus for perpetuity. The sculpture will celebrate the Magna Carta, liberty and the 2015 celebrations. It will be judged by a panel including the poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy. The winner will build their design and see it unveiled on 13th June 2016, the 801st anniversary.

Alongside this, a schools artwork competition will engage school children across Lincolnshire in a Magna Carta art exhibition at the University of Lincoln. Two winners, one from each age category, 5-9 years and 10-17 years, will receive £50 Amazon vouchers and will see their work on display at the University and published in the Lincolnshire Echo. MD Steven Fletcher will judge the competition alongside academics from the University.


Project timetable:                


October 2015              Launch competition for design of piece of public art to students of the University of Lincoln.

Launch schools competition for young people aged 5-18 to create a piece of art to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta sealing in 1215. (Two prize age categories 5-9 and 10-17).


Oct-Dec 2015              Academics working with students on creating their designs.

Visits to local schools providing talks and information on the Magna Carta, its legacy and future.


December 30th            Closing date for both competitions


January 18th                Announcement of Sculpture selected


June 13th 2016            Sculpture unveiled on campus

Launch of Exhibition of Young Peoples Artwork

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