The John Byrne Award is a free, online competition, and exhibition, welcoming people who seek a deeper understanding of the beliefs and ideas that drive our actions.


Our mission is to create Scotland’s most inclusive creative platform, and to promote the discussion of ideas through the creative arts.


The John Byrne Award champions creativity and curiosity.

Rapid changes to our society and technology pose pressing ethical and moral questions. We hope that the creative entries on our platform start conversations that change attitudes and behaviours for the better.

We accept any creative work, 365 days a year, from everyone over 16 years olds living or studying in Scotland. All our creative entries question values. We award annual and quarterly prizes to the most reasoned, 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.