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The John Byrne Award is an inclusive online creative competition, named after one of Scotland’s most prolific artists and playwrights, who was also one of the  founding trustees. The purpose of the award is to celebrate, encourage and support creativity whilst creating a platform to engage in important conversations about the many values, beliefs and ideals which shape our lives and our communities. The award embraces diversity and encourages entrants who represent Scotland’s many and varied communities.

Entries are free and accepted at any time and submitted through our website. Monthly and annual award winners are announced on our website, on social media and in our newsletter.

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Andrew Norby

Fairy Cattle

Kathleen Mcvey

Sequins And Bubbles

Lisa Mundie


Kate Cameron Reid

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Marcas Mac an Tuairneir

What Price Fame?

Summer Wight

How Does A Community Persevere Against A Political Philosophy That Abhors And Threatens Their Very Existence?

Seamus Connolly

What Mysteries Lie Inside This Rose?

Cam Gold

Self: concealed in furls of flesh?

Conor Gray