Deadlines: last day of April, July and October for £500 quarterly prize; 31 Jan 2020 for £7,500 annual prize.

The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and creative competition open to anyone over the age of 16 who is living or studying 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 £7,500; Quarterly awards of £500. 

To submit your entry, visit:

For further information, please contact [email protected]