The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and art competition exploring personal and societal values. The competition is open to anybody, over the age of 16, living or studying in Scotland. It awards £7500 annually and £500 quarterly to work which encourages the questioning of values appropriate to our modern age.
Grant’s clay animation, ‘Cleaning in Progress’, created for his graduate film in 2018, explores a naïve young cleaner sweeping the floor of a car park with his old-timer talking brush. Tensions arise in their differences of approach and attitude where ultimately, one cannot do their job without the other.
The award’s May judging panel were hugely impressed, moved and entertained by Grant’s entry ‘Who would clean a car park?’ describing it as, ‘outstanding, both in terms of the insight it offers and the technical execution.’