The John Byrne Award is a free online competition and exhibition. We believe that art is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Not only does it have the power to provoke thought, discussion and debate but it can activate positive change. In addition to making awards, we work with artists and the wider community to lead actions and interventions which provoke discussion and deeper reflection.

Our mission is to celebrate, encourage and support creativity and to promote the discussion of ideas through the medium of the arts.

We accept submissions 365 days a year, from anyone over 16 years old, living or studying in Scotland. Entries to the competition should address both parts of the award; the creative concept and the written rationale. We award monthly cash prizes to the most reasoned and relevant, constructive and compelling entries. All entries are exhibited in The John Byrne Award online gallery.

The John Byrne Award is a project of The Iris Initiative, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SC 043568.