In 1994, a group of students in Fort William, Scotland, set up an art studio in Room 13, Caol Primary School. They formed a management team, opened their own bank account and ran the studio as a business. They employed an Artist in Residence, bought in equipment and supplies, staged exhibitions, took on commissions, sold photographs, stationery and artworks to generate a profit and occasionally applied for grants to fund their ongoing activities.
What Happens In Room 13?
From the original studio in Scotland, Room 13 grew to establish an international network of student run arts studios, serving an expanding community of young artists in schools and communities worldwide. Each Room 13 studio is founded on business principles and facilitates the work of young artists alongside a professional adult artist in residence.
Room 13 International is our charitable organisation, formed in 2009 to embody the worldwide network of Room 13 studios. Our role is to support these studios and promote the value of a higher quality of creative, entrepreneurial education with particular emphasis on philosophy and the arts.
This new project with Room 13 South Africa demonstrates the transformative power of ideas and creativity - and why TBWA backs Room 13 International.
We are thrilled to have received an award from Big Lottery Young Start Fund in support of our new ‘Generation Creative’ project.
We believe that everyone should have a Room 13! If you would like to help Room 13 International to grow and make this a reality, please make a donation.