Highland Youth Arts Forum – 2 Lochaber Representatives needed by 10th July

Are you based in Lochaber (Scotland)? Are you aged 14 – 19?  Interested in the arts?  Interested in finding out what creative projects young people in your area would like to get involved in?  Want to tell the Highland Youth Arts Forum about it?

Room 13 International is looking for 2 young Lochaber people to represent the area at the new Highland Youth Arts Forum which is being set up to lead the development of Highland Youth Arts Hub.

Room 13 International is one of 12 organisations working together to establish a Highland Youth Arts Hub. This is part of a new initiative supported by Creative Scotland which will result in 10 regional youth arts hubs across Scotland.  Representatives from each of the member organisations will meet quarterly to plan and deliver a programme of multi-art form projects and explore new ways of working that will result in stronger partnerships between arts organisations working with young people in the Highlands.  Integral to the programme will be a new youth arts forum comprising young people with interests across a range of art forms and from a wide geographical area. These young people will develop leadership skills, be creative in their communities, consult with their peers, and advocate for the arts.

As this is a new development, details of how the youth arts forum will function and what being a member will entail are likely to be worked out in consultation with the young people themselves in the first meeting.  This is excellent CV stuff and there are good skills to be developed from participating – if you would like to be considered please fill in the form HYAF.APPLICATION-FORM1.JUN14 and send it back to us asap – deadline is 10th July.


Room 13 International
The Hub
30 Fassifern Road
Fort William
Scotland  PH33 6QX

Lochaber Young Artist of the Year Award 2014

Lochaber News Image YAA 2014

Lochaber Rotary Club recently decided that recognition and reward for Lochaber’s young visual arts talent was needed.  The brief was simple: the new award would be open to artists aged 7 – 17, selection to be based on a portfolio of work showing evidence of originality, development and enthusiasm.  Room 13 International was pleased to assist the Rotary Club bring this new award to the attention of Lochaber’s young artists and was delighted to see the quality and hard work evident in all the portfolios submitted.

On May 23rd 2014 at Art Lochaber’s annual exhibition awards were presented by Lesley Benfield, Chief Executive of Fort William Chamber of Commerce, to:

Overall Winner:  Ella Robertson Smith, Caol Primary School

Runner-up: Sarah Clelland, Lochaber High School

Runner-up: Wiktoria Zumościk, Lochaber High School

Highly Commended:

Korrine MacMillan, Lochaber High School

Jamie-Lee Birrell, Lochaber High School

Lachie Robinson, Mallaig High School

Rachel Bolton, Lochaline Primary School

Ella, Sarah and Wiktoria each received a trophy and vouchers for artist materials from Artmedia store in Inverness.  In addition, one work from each was selected to be shown in the annual exhibition.

The four Highly Commended young artists each received a sketchbook and certificate.  All entrants received a thank-you letter with feedback from the Selection Panel.  It is hoped that the award will continue to spark inspiration and encourage young artists to keep making artwork.

Congratulations Ella, Sarah, Wiktoria, Korrine, Jamie-Lee, Lachie and Rachel – and thank you to everyone who got busy, made work and entered portfolios.




Summer Programme 2014


Room 13 Summer Programme will take place throughout July at Room 13 Community Studio in Caol Youth Centre.

Our workshops have been designed to keep you busy all summer  – from hour long sessions for new Primary Ones to a week of Portfolio-Building, a 2-day Printmaking Workshop plus our Open Studio sessions on Wednesdays, all based at Room 13 Community Studio in Caol Youth Centre.

We encourage people of all ages and abilities to come along and experience the studio environment, learn new skills, and just have a good time making things – come and learn new creative techniques, try out different printmaking processes, put on a play in a day making everything as you go, take a wander to look for materials and make something from what you see and find:

Ages 4 -5
·         New Primary Ones Taster Workshop (hour long sessions)
Ages 5 – 7
·         Very Young Artists – exploring materials & techniques
Ages 8 – adult
·         Summer Studio – photography, drawing, constructing, painting, looking,  printing…
Ages 10+
·         Working with Stuff – collecting, carving, cutting, gluing, sculpting, drilling, pouring…
Ages 12+
·         Skillbuilder Workshops – Tutoring in Papermaking, Felting, Plaster & Carving, Printmaking
·         Printmaking Workshop – 2 days of linocut, etching, collograph & monoprinting…
Ages 16+
·         Portfolio-building Workshop – a week (Mon – Fri) focusing on developing a strong body of work & trying new things
All Ages
·         Felt Feet – family workshop learning felting and making felt…feet
·         Play in a Day (in collaboration with Dramafish Studios) – family workshop, make the props, costumes, sets and write the play – in a day!
·         Open Studio – free, open to all, come along and use the facilities

Please download the full programme for further details, prices and a booking form.

We look forward to seeing you there!