John Byrne drawing competition returns for second year


A NATIONAL drawing competition sponsored by John Byrne has returned for its second year.

The event, launched in 2014, saw 3,000 entries sent in from schools across Scotland.

It is open to children and young people from P4-S3, with the winning drawing displayed at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery.

John Byrne with last year's 1st prize winner Anushka Waugh Glover
John Byrne with last year’s 1st prize winner Anushka Waugh Glover


John and a panel of judges will decide on three winners and 30 runners-up, whose pieces will be displayed as part of a special showcase.

John said: “I’m really excited to launch the second year of the annual John Byrne National Drawing Competition and see the creative flair and talent that we have within our schools.

“We launched the competition to inspire children and young people and encourage them to draw more. Last year we had 3,000 entries from learners in P4 right up to S3 so I’m hoping for an even bigger response this year.

With last year's runners up
With last year’s runners up


“We had such fun seeing all the entries and the artistic ideas of young people in Scotland during the judging process that I’m eager to do it all over again.”

Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director for School Years at Education Scotland said: “We are really proud to be working with one of Scotland’s renowned artists again to bring the John Byrne National Drawing Competition back for a second year.

“Last year’s response proved the popularity of the competition and I am delighted that we are promoting it again. We were really impressed by the standard of the artwork submitted last year and we are looking forward to seeing the range and quality of the entries we receive this year.”

Entries for the John Byrne Drawing Competition must be submitted by 4pm on 4 March 2016 to be considered for the three main prizes, with 30 runners-up receiving certificates specially designed by John.

The competition rules and information about submitting entries can be found on the Education Scotland website.