Deadlines: last day of each month for £250 prize; 31 Jan 2020 for £2,500 prize.

The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and creative competition open to young, emerging artists aged 16-30 and living in Scotland.

The aim of the award is to encourage a discussion about societal values by promoting the creative work of entrants. They are looking for work that is thought-provoking and displays a sophisticated consideration of values. 

Everyone who enters will receive an invitation to the awards ceremony, held in Edinburgh in February 2020. You can see all the entries submitted so far here:

Any creative medium is accepted. Examples include:

  • Visual - Paintings, drawings, sketches, illustrations, sculpture, digital art, screenprints, 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.

Prizes: Annual award of £2,500; Monthly awards of £250. Entry Criteria:

  • 16 - 30 years old
  • Currently living in Scotland
  • They will accept one entry per person or team per month

Entries can be submitted at:

For further information, please contact [email protected]