The John Byrne Award Quarterly Shortlists
We are delighted to announce our latest John Byrne Award shortlist and winner. 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, in spite of the continued difficulties many still face. Our thanks is echoed by our wonderful judging panel for this quarter; Christina Jansen, Managing Director of The Scottish Gallery; Nicky Fox, Manager of the Stepping Out Mental Health Project; and Writer and Journalist, Alex Renton.
As we approach the end of this tumultuous year, it is perhaps unsurprising that this quarter’s shortlist is one of the most thought-provoking of the competition so far – reflecting on many of the most pertinent themes of 2020. However, while all of our shortlisted entries sparked reflection and discussion amongst our judging panel, one entry stood out – tackling one of the thorniest questions of recent years in an original, nuanced and beautiful way – Tom Fairley’s, ‘Is Our Past Set in Stone?‘. View Tom’s entry and our six runner’s up, below.
Despite ongoing lockdown restrictions, Scotland- you have been as creative as ever!
The seven shortlisted entries below were received from May 1st to July 31st 2020, and combine exceptional technical execution with compelling and thought-provoking exploration of ideas. The shortlist was considered by our second quarter judging panel and – after much deliberation – Róisín Gallagher’s, ‘What Will We Lose if We Continue to Discourage the Use of Scots?’ was chosen as the worthy winner.
The six, shortlisted entries below were received from February 1st to April 30th 2020, and combine exceptional technical execution with compelling and thought-provoking exploration of ideas. Our inspirational judging panel would like to thank every single person who shared their work with us during this period. In the end however, they could only pick one winner… Grant Holden’s Who Would Clean A Car Park?