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£7,500 top prize for any creative work

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What Makes this event different?

Uniquely, The John Byrne Award accepts creative work in all disciplines, with entries being judged on how effectively they are able to encourage the questioning and development of values appropriate to our modern age, rather than by purely aesthetic criteria. Our judging criteria ask whether the creative work and explanation is… Reasoned? Constructive? Compelling?

The John Byrne Award

£7,500 top prize for any creative work

Deadlines: 31 Jan 2020 for £7,500 prize, Quarterly deadlines end of April, July and October for £500 prize.


The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and creative competition open everybody over 16 living or studying in Scotland. 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.


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Any creative disciplinnes are 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 of £7,500.

*Quarterly awards of £500.


Entry Criteria:

*Over 16 years old

*Currently living in Scotland

*We accept one entry per person or team per month



*£7,500 award: 23:59 on 31 January 2020.

*£500 award: end of April, July and October.


How to Enter:

Entries can be submitted at:

Location: All Scotland


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