John Byrne Award

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The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and creative competition open to anyone aged 16+ living in Scotland.

Deadlines: last day of every month for £250 prize; 31 Jan 2020 for £2500 prize.

The John Byrne Award is Scotland’s most inclusive competition for young, emerging artists. Our aim is to encourage a discussion about societal values by promoting the creative work of our entrants.

We are looking for work that is thought-provoking and displays a sophisticated consideration of values.

Visit to see all entries.

Everyone who enters will receive an invitation to our awards ceremony, held in Edinburgh in February 2020.

Any creative medium is accepted.

Examples include:

*Visual – Paintings, drawings, sketches, illustrations, sculpture, digital art, screen prints, mixed media, photography.
*Design – Product/industrial design, fashion design, textile design, game design, UI/UX design, interior and spatial design, architectural design.
*Audio – Compositions, songs, original pieces of music, audio recordings.
*Video – Documentaries, interviews, animation, music videos, art films, short films, fashion films.
*Writing – poetry, journalism, blog posts, essays, creative writing.


*Annual award £2500
*Monthly award £250

Entry Criteria:

*16 – 30 years old
*Currently living in Scotland
*We accept one entry per person or team per month


*£2500 award: 23:59 on 31 January 2020
*£250 award: 23:59 on the last day of every month

How to Enter:

Entries can be submitted at: