Opportunity: new deadlines for John Byrne Award

The John Byrne Award is open to anyone who is 16 or over living or studying in Scotland. Submit creative works in any medium to enter the competition for a £7500 top prize, and £500 quarterly prizes.

The John Byrne Award is Scotland’s most inclusive competition for 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 www.johnbyrneaward.org.uk 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.
Entry criteria:
  • 16 and over
  • Currently living or studying in Scotland
  • We accept one entry per person or team per quarter
  • Annual award – £7500
  • Quarterly award – £500
  • £500 award: 23:59 on the last day of April, July, and October.
  • £7500 award: 23:59 on 31st January 2021
How to enter:

Submit your entry here.

For further information, please contact jade@johnbyrneaward.org.uk or visit the website.

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In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

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Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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