THE JOHN BYRNE AWARD

 Quarterly Shortlists 2021

May – July 2021 Quarterly Winner

 

‘Why are you any different?’ by Jamiel Laurence

 

We are delighted to announce Jamiel Laurence’s ‘Why are you any different?’ as our latest quarterly winner of £500. 

The judging panel included award-winning journalist Alex Renton; artist, Kevin Harman; managing director of Acting Up, Emma Currie; and Ingleby Gallery, Amy Murray.

Jamiel Laurence said: “As an artist based in Scotland and with a focus on making work that features Scottish artists and in urban, recognisable Scottish locations, being involved in some way with the the John Byrne award has always been an ambition for me.

The award and its judges provides a platform for such a wide array of voices and artistic mediums that winning this quarterly shortlist award is not only a huge honour for me and my collaborators, but also a great way to connect with other artists presenting work in new mediums. It feels amazing to be a winner!”

Kevin Harman said:“It’s never easy selecting one thing over another as each work contains its own merits. The overarching common theme is that, people young and old, established or new really care for one another, whether that’s a family member, a friend they haven’t met, a shifting landscape/seascape and the life contained within. I came away from the judging meeting with a sense of hope and action.”

Alex Renton said: “Jamiel’s extraordinary miniature ballet, set in a car wash, lit up my day and made me think about things that matter to me – alienation, community, urban beauty. A really special piece of work in a great shortlist.”

Emma Currie said: “The beautiful and clever work which Jamiel produced not only made me smile but it made me think. Since watching it I have begun to see the absurdities in all one-size-fits-all policy and as a result feel mentally liberated from my belief that it must be me, rather than the system, which is at fault.”

The John Byrne Award Second Quarter Shortlist

May – July 2021

 

We are delighted to announce our latest John Byrne Award shortlist! Once again, the work we received has surpassed all expectations and we’d like to thank every single person who submitted their work for consideration.

 

February – April 2021 Quarterly Winner

 

‘What Is More Painful? Hunger or Fear?’ By Shatha Altowai

 

We are delighted to announce Shatha Altowai’s ‘What Is More Painful? Hunger or Fear?’ as our latest quarterly winner of £500!

Our judges found Shatha’s work to be incredibly powerful and moving; praising the stark composition and restraint of her paintings, and her honest and heartfelt entry statement

The judging panel included award-winning journalist Alex Renton; photographer and director, David Eustace; musician, Mike Bailey; and principal Graphic Designer at Rockstar Games, Jill Menzies.

Shatha said, “The John Byrne Award is the first competition I have participated in since my arrival in Edinburgh. Thus, having won the first prize means a lot to me and boosted more confidence for an artist who’s just begun her first steps in exile. It is an honour that I will always be proud of.”

The John Byrne Award First Quarter Shortlist

February – April 2021

 

We are delighted to announce our latest John Byrne Award shortlist! Once again, the work we received has surpassed all expectations and we’d like to thank every single person who submitted their work for consideration.

From almost 300 creative submissions received between 1st February and 30th April 2021, the following seven, outstanding entries have been selected for consideration by our judging panel. The shortlist features fine art, film, animation, sculpture and installation – and each entry combines exceptional technical execution with compelling and thought-provoking exploration of ideas.

We hope you enjoy viewing the shortlist below – and please keep your eyes peeled for our winner, to be announced shortly!

 

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