March 11, 2020

The John Byrne Award Ceremony 2020 – Thank you for coming!

Thank you to everyone who attended The John Byrne Award Ceremony 2020!

The John Byrne Award Ceremony 2020 took place on Saturday 7th March, it was our biggest and best event yet, and a true celebration of Scotland’s talent. We want to say a huge thank you to every single guest who attended and helped make the night the fantastic event it was!

The night brought together an eclectic mix of our talented entrants, friends, family, art-lovers and distinguished special guests, who represented some of Scotland’s most successful figures in the worlds of law, politics, business and the arts. A special thanks goes out to our presenters: Actor, Freya Mavor, who presented our grand prize; and John Byrne Award judges, Laura Westring, Aamer Anwar and David Eustace; who presented The Awards for Critical Thinking, Outstanding Contribution for an Individual, and Innovation, respectively. Mark Hogarth, Creative Director of Harris Tweed Hebrides, presented The Award for Skill and Artistry, while architect of The John Byrne Award, Andrew Paterson presented The Award for Outstanding Contribution for an Organisation.

The night also brought together two pillars of Scotland’s music industry, in Vic Galloway – who hosted the awards with all his usual style and charisma – and Harri of the iconic Sub Club – who provided a taste of Glasgow’s legendary underground music scene.

Also presenting awards were representatives of our wonderful event partners, Seven Crofts and Innis & Gunn, who partnered with us to support The John Byrne Award for Connection to Something Greater and The John Byrne Award for Positivity, respectively.

We also partnered with long-time friend of The John Byrne Award, Edinburgh Napier University, to deliver The John Byrne Award for Innovation; and joined with another Scottish powerhouse, in Tunnock’s, to create The John Byrne Award for Critical Thinking.

Without support from these iconic Scottish organisations we would not have been able to create such a wonderful celebration of talent and creativity. Our sincere thanks goes out to them for, not only supporting The John Byrne Award Ceremony 2020, but for their belief and commitment to The John Byrne Award ethos of inclusivity, creativity and discussion.

Additionally, we would like to thank Andrew and Fiona Paterson, James and Gemma McCallum and Gordon and Nadia Angus, whose support has been invaluable, not only in creating this wonderful celebration, but throughout the many years that they have been pillars of The Iris Initiative.

Finally, we would like to thank The Vine PR & Events, the amazing organisation behind The Scottish Style Awards, for producing this fabulous event.

It was an absolute joy to welcome you all on Saturday. We continue to be inspired by your creativity, imagination and talent; and it was incredibly exciting for the whole John Byrne Award team to finally meet the artists and creatives, whose work we have been admiring for so long. Here’s to another year of exceptional talent in Scotland!

Continue reading for a full list of all The Awards and winners on the night.

The John Byrne Awards 2020

 

The John Byrne Award 2020 (£7,500)
For epitomising all three of The John Byrne Award judging criteria; reasoned, constructive and compelling.

The John Byrne Award for Innovation

Presented by David Eustace, Photographer and Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University.

Awarded to Callum Boath for, ‘I AGREE, WE AGREE, BUT DO THEY?’

 

The John Byrne Award for Community and Society

Presented by Niall Dolan, CEO of The Iris Initiative.

Awarded to Natalie Arle-Toyne for ‘IS MY BROKEN FINGER THE SAME AS YOUR BROKEN LEG?’

 

The John Byrne Award for Critical Thinking

Presented by Laura Westring, Speechwriter, Ghostwriter and John Byrne Award judge 2020.

Awarded jointly to Harmony Bury for, ‘SCOTTISH FORESTRY: HAS PROFIT TRUMPED BIODIVERSITY?’; and Jenny Lindsay, Perry Jonsson, Biff Smith and Kevin McLean, for ‘AT WHAT COST DO WE DEMAND THAT WOMEN ARTISTS AND WRITERS PERFORM THEIR TRAUMA?’

 

The John Byrne Award for Outstanding Contribution (for an Individual)

Presented by Aamer Anwar, Lawyer, Justice Campaigner and John Byrne Award judge 2020.

Awarded to Richard Holloway, writer, broadcaster and former Bishop of Edinburgh.

The John Byrne Award for Positivity

Presented by Diarmid Scott, Senior Designer at Innis & Gunn.

Awarded to Stuart Edwards for, ‘WHAT TRACES OF OURSELVES DO WE LEAVE BEHIND?’

 

The John Byrne Award for a Connection to Something Greater

Presented by Louis Wright, Sales & Brand Development Manager for Seven Crofts.

Awarded to Sean Lìonadh, for ‘OUT OF THE WOMB AND INTO A PRISON?’

 

The John Byrne Award for Skill and Artistry

Presented by Mark Hogarth, Creative Director of Harris Tweed Hebrides.

Awarded to Pinkie Maclure for, ‘ARE PILLS FOR ILLS OR ILL FOR PILLS?’

 

 

 

 

The John Byrne Award for Outstanding Contribution (for an Organisation) 

Presented by Andrew Paterson, founder of The John Byrne Award.

Awarded to Sistema Scotland, a charity that aims to transform lives through music.