Quarterly Shortlists 2021

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’s entry was unanimously selected from this quarter’s highly competitive shortlist of six other, outstanding entries. View the full shortlist, below.

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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