"An entirely fresh and very modern take on values. It is a wonderful competition."

John Byrne, artist & playwright




The John Byrne Award presents sixth-year pupils with a unique challenge.


The competition encourages students to think about values. It then challenges these young adults to express those values through a painting, a poem, a play - or any other creative output of their choosing.


There is no intention to guide participants towards particular values, but rather to stimulate debate about the issues of morals, values and ethics.


The competition takes place annually in Edinburgh, and now in Umlazi Township, South Africa.


"The John Byrne Award allowed me think about values that are important in every day life"

Michaelangelo Mulholland, winner of The John Byrne Award 2013