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John Byrne National Drawing Competition

The annual John Byrne drawing competition, in partnership with Education Scotland, is now open. Pupils across Scotland, from Primary 4 through to S3, are invited to enter.

The competition, which is now in its fifth year, aims to encourage young people to use their imagination and creativity through drawing. Since its launch in 2014, over 12,000 pupils have submitted their artwork to be judged by the renowned artist and playwright, John Byrne.

John said: “I’m heartened by the huge response to this competition each year, it’s a great way to give the young people in our country the opportunity to harness their artistic skills and love for drawing. I’m looking forward to, once again, seeing the remarkable talent that will be unveiled.”

John Byrne, along with a selection panel, will choose the overall winners and runners-up, whose work will then be exhibited at the Tannahill Centre, Paisley, on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director for Education Scotland added: “Art and design is such an important part of the curriculum and this competition aims to encourage pupils across Scotland to develop their drawing skills and use their creativity. Education Scotland is proud to be hosting this competition with John and our education partners as it is a great way to raise the profile of drawing.”

The closing date for entries is Friday 1 March 2019.

Find out more about the competition rules and information about submitting entries below.

PDF file: John Byrne National Drawing Competition - 2018 Rules (363 KB)

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