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John Byrne Award – Call for Entries

The JBA is a creative competition open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland

We award one annual prize of £2,500 + a monthly prize of £250. All types of creative media are accepted

The John Byrne Award – Creative Work, Critical Questions
About:
The John Byrne Award is a national creative competition and online platform open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland.
Top prize: £2,500; monthly prize: £250.
This year we are looking for Scotland’s brightest creative minds to share their views on building a better society. We want to see creative work that is thought-provoking and displays a sophisticated consideration of what is important- either to you or to society. Examples of creative work you can submit include:

•Visual – Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, Illustrations, Sculpture, Digital Art, Screen prints, Mixed Media, Photography, etc.

•Design – Product/industrial design, fashion design, textile design, game design, UI/UX design, interior & spatial design, architectural design.

•Audio – Compositions, songs, original pieces of music, audio recordings etc.

•Video – Documentaries, interviews, animation, music videos, art films, short films, fashion films etc.

•Writing – Journalism, Blog Posts, Poetry, Creative Writing etc.

Entry Criteria:
• 16 – 30 years old
• Currently living in Scotland
• We accept one entry/person or group/ month.

Upcoming Deadlines:
Monthly Award, £250 – last day of each month at 23.59
The John Byrne Award, £2,500 – 31 January 2019 at 23.59

How to Enter:
Entries can be submitted via our website: https://www.johnbyrneaward.org.uk/enter-now-1/

About The John Byrne Award
Delivered by the charity The Iris Initiative and patroned by the artist John Byrne, we have been awarding young Scottish creatives since 2010. The competition is open to 16-30 year olds, currently living but not necessarily born in Scotland. Distinct from arts competitions, we focus on rewarding the values that underpin young people’s creative work. In doing so, the growing archive of entries hosted on our website reflects the key issues young people face in modern Scottish society, providing a national forum for self-expression.

The JBA was founded in 2012 by a group of entrepreneurs, teachers and thinkers (Andrew Paterson, John Byrne, Joyce McMillan and Richard Holloway). In the past 5 years, the JBA has awarded around £50,000 in monetary awards to young people. The number of entries continues to grow year on year, with the 2017/18 competition showing the highest caliber of entries to date.

For further information, please contact niall@johnbyrneaward.org.uk (Niall Dolan), or visit http://www.johnbyrneaward.org.uk/

April winner – WHY DOES HOMOPHOBIA STILL EXIST IN 2018?

May winner – WHERE ARE ALL THE WORKING CLASS ARTISTS?

June winner – HOW CAN WE EMPOWER OURSELVES IN THE FACE OF ABUSE?

July winner – WHY AM I LESS OF A VALUABLE HUMAN THAN YOU?

Annual Award deadline is 31 January 2019 at 23.59

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