Support The John Byrne Award

Support The John Byrne Award!


We’d like to thank The John Byrne Award community and our courageous entrants who so generously share their work and inspire us all. Your support means so much to us. Covid-19 continues to impact all of our lives, and Scotland’s cultural and creative industries have been hit hard by the pandemic.

Here at The John Byrne Award, we understand the valuable role that creativity and the visual arts play within communities across Scotland. 2020 saw a dramatic 80% rise in participation and audience engagement with The John Byrne Award, coinciding with Scotland’s most stringent lockdown restrictions. Many of the most compelling entries we have received have been reacting in time to the pandemic.  This surge of interest in Scotland’s leading creative competition has renewed our ambition and commitment to safeguard the role of the visual arts and culture in Scotland more widely.

We need your help!

The Iris Initiative (the Scottish SCIO (SC 043568) that administers the John Byrne Award) receives financial support from a range of sources. We rely principally on income raised through fundraising dinners, awards ceremonies, exhibitions and special events. Covid-19 has impacted our ability to events fundraise, and so we are asking for public donations to support our cash prize. Every penny raised will offer direct benefit to Scotland’s talented creative individuals.


There are a number of ways that you can donate!



  • By bank transfer you can transfer your donation directly to;

The Iris Initiative, Sort Code 089299 Account Number: 65619698


  • Gift Aid – if you are a UK taxpayer, you can almost certainly Gift Aid your donation to make your donation worth 25% more to us at no cost to you. Simply opt in by ticking the box provided when you donate.


Our fundraising team is on hand to help guide you through the process and available to discuss the ways in which you may choose to give. Please contact [email protected]

The John Byrne Award would like to thank you for your friendship and support!

Or, take a look at some of the wonderful work we have been able to support, so far this year: