John Byrne award

The John Byrne Award

2018/2019 THEME:


“We are looking for thought-provoking, creative work that asks a critical question about something that is important to you”

Deadline: 31 January 2019 at 23:55


The John Byrne Award is a creative competition open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland. Entries for the annual prize of £2,500 close on 31 January. All types of creative media are accepted.

This year we are looking for Scotland’s brightest creative minds to share their views on building a better society. We want to see creative work that is thought-provoking and displays a sophisticated consideration of what is important, either to you or to society.

*Annual prize £2500
*Monthly prize £250
The deadline for both prizes is 31 January 2019. The winner of the annual prize will be announced at an awards ceremony on 16 February 2019.

Examples of creative work you can submit include:
*Visual – Paintings, drawings, sketches, illustrations, sculpture, digital art, screen prints, mixed media, photography etc.
*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 etc.
*Video – Documentaries, interviews, animation, music videos, art films, short films, fashion films etc.
*Writing – Journalism, blog posts, creative writing etc.

Entry Criteria:
*16 – 30 years old
*Currently living in Scotland
*We accept one entry per person or group per month

How to Enter:

Entries can be submitted at

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact (Niall Dolan), or visit

The deadline is Thursday 31 January 2019 at 23:55.

Byrne, John; Self Portrait; Manchester Art Gallery;