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.


  • The John Byrne Quarterly Award (£500)
    23:59 on the last day of April, July, and October.
  • The John Byrne Annual Award (£7500)
    23:59 on Friday 31 January 2021.

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.

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 £7500
*Quarterly award £500

Entry Criteria:

*Over 16 years old
*Currently living in Scotland
*We accept one entry per person or team per quarter

How to Enter:

Entries can be submitted at: