About Us

The John Byrne Award is delivered by the charity, The Iris Initiative, and patroned by the artist, John Byrne.

The aim of The Iris Initiative is ‘to better equip young people to afford them the greatest opportunity to shape their community and environment to best meet their needs, desires and values’. The John Byrne Award helps to achieve this aim by publicly recognising creative pieces of work that prompt thought, discussion and debate about personal and societal values.

The John Byrne Award started life in 2010 as a competition open to 6th year students in three high schools in Edinburgh. The John Byrne Award is now an online platform and national competition encouraging engagement with values through the creative output of our contributors.

For more information, contact our chief executive, Niall, on: [email protected].