The John Byrne Award

Closing date: Tue 25 Apr 2023: 5pm

The John Byrne Award creative competition will close at the end of April 2023. They will continue to accept submissions for their April monthly award until 5pm, Tue 25 April 2023, after which point the entry form will be closed. ⁠

The John Byrne Award welcome entries to their inclusive creative competition. They accept work across all creative disciplines, on any theme or topic, from anyone over the age of 16, living or studying in Scotland.

The John Byrne Award is the place for people with something to say. Entries are free and you could win our monthly award of £250. They accept submissions across all creative disciplines 365 days a year. Cash prizes are awarded monthly, and winners are automatically entered into our annual award, with an additional cash prize of £2,500.

Your work will feature in the online gallery and anyone over 16 years old, living or studying in Scotland can enter. The John Byrne Award celebrates and supports creativity and promotes the discussion of ideas through the arts.

Named after one of Scotland’s most prolific artists and playwrights, The John Byrne Award seeks to engage in important conversations about the values, beliefs and ideals which shape our lives and our communities.

They embrace diversity and encourage entrants who represent Scotland’s many and varied communities. They believe that art is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Not only does it have the power to provoke thought, discussion, and debate but it can activate positive change.

The John Byrne Award is a project of The Iris Initiative, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SC043568.

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Closing date: Tue 25 Apr 2023: 5pm