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John Byrne National Drawing Competition
27 November 2017

Budding young artists in Scotland are being urged to enter the fourth annual John Byrne National Drawing Competition.

Since the launch of the competition in 2014, thousands of pupils across Scotland have submitted their artwork to be judged by the renowned artist and playwright himself, John Byrne.

The competition, in partnership with Education Scotland, is aimed at pupils from primary four through to third year.

John Byrne, along with a selection panel, will choose the overall winners and 30 runners up, whose work will then be exhibited at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 16 March.
John said: “I’m really excited to launch the fourth year of the annual John Byrne National Drawing Competition and see the creative flair and talent that we have within our schools.
“It’s really important that we give young people opportunities like this to use their imagination and express their creativity and love for drawing. This competition is a great way to showcase their talent and, once again, I look forward to seeing the remarkable variety of entries.”

Last year’s competition winner, Cameron Lawson (S3) from Cedarbank School, West Lothian was selected from over 4,000 children and young people from across Scotland. Cameron said: “My art teacher encouraged me to enter the competition I was really surprised when I found out that I’d won but it was great to see my artwork on display. I would encourage pupils to take part as it’s a great experience. My advice would be to try your best and use your imagination.”

Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland, added: “Art and design is an important part of the curriculum and this competition aims to encourage pupils across Scotland to develop their drawing skills and be creative. Education Scotland is proud to be involved in this competition as it is a great way to promote drawing in schools.”

To help pupils with their entries, we’ll be sharing a top tip from John each week on the Education Scotland Facebook and Twitter pages.

The closing date for entries is Friday 23 February 2018.

Download

Read more for competition rules and information about submitting entries.

PDF file: Rules for John Byrne National Drawing Competition 2017 (111 KB)

Videos

Link to YouTube video of John Byrne in his studio.

Link to YouTube video showing Top Tip number 1 for young artists from John Byrne.

Link to YouTube video showing Top Tip number 2 for young artists from John Byrne.

Link to YouTube video showing Top Tip number 3 for young artists from John Byrne.

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