Arts & Business Scotland award

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in attracting funding from Arts & Business Scotland to support our business development over the coming year.

The money received through the New Arts Sponsorship scheme administered by Arts& Business Scotland will match-fund the sponsorship already pledged from Corpach Boatbuilding Company in Fort William.

Donald Hind, Managing Director of the business said “Corpach Boatbuilding Company are pleased to be able to continue with our support for Room 13. We are confident that our collaboration with Arts & Business Scotland will help to sustain and secure the long term aims of this dynamic, creative and exciting community organisation.”

Claire Gibb, Chief Executive of Room 13 International says, “We are thrilled to have received backing from Corpach Boatbuilding Company and Arts & Business Scotland.  The support of both organisations is critical to us at this stage of our development and we look forward to working more closely with Corpach Boatbuilding Company over the coming year.

This good news follows our recent move to establish a new office and gallery/workshop space in Caol, Fort William.  It is hoped that gallery will host a series of workshops and events throughout the coming years, starting with a celebratory event on 30 April 2015.

Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland, David Watt added: “Room 13 International is a fantastic initiative and certainly ticks all the boxes in meeting the criteria of projects supported through the New Arts Sponsorship grant scheme. This is an exciting time for them as they celebrate their 21st birthday and the opening of a new workshop in Fort William which will no doubt prove to be a wonderful creative and cultural hub for the community. We wish Room 13 every success with the new venture.

The event, marking the 21st birthday Room 13, will celebrate the achievements of the organisation to date and will also look forward to the next 21 years. Claire Gibb added, “We are delighted to have a new independent base for Room 13 in Caol, close to the school and community studios. This place is recognised worldwide as home of Room 13, and this new space offers huge potential to develop a vibrant creative hub that brings art, artists and the greater Room 13 International community back to the heart of Caol”.

Room 13 International is keen to develop links with other local businesses and encourage those who interested to get in touch!

Lochaber Young Artist of the Year Award 2015


Room 13 InternationalYoung Artist of the Year Award 2015, with the Rotary Club of Lochaber, is pleased to announce the launch of the second Lochaber Young Artist of the Year Award.

With the Young Artist of the Year Award the Rotary Club of Lochaber are carrying on their tradition of encouraging young people to develop their talents; Room 13 International are again supporting the Rotary in inviting Lochaber’s young artists to make work and take part – one overall winner will receive £100 artist materials voucher, two runners-up will each receive £50 artist materials vouchers and up to four Highly Commended entrants will receive a prize and a certificate.  There will also be an opportunity to exhibit and each entrant will receive feedback from the judges on their artwork.

Information, details and entry forms (deadline extended to Friday 17th April) downloadable here:

…and these are the key bits of information:

The award is open to young artists living in Lochaber (Highland, Scotland) aged 7 – 17.  There are no separate age categories.  Extended Entry Form deadline:  Friday 17 April 2015

Young Artists are asked to make up a portfolio of work – a portfolio will ideally contain at least 4 pieces of your own original artwork up to a maximum of 8 pieces.

Portfolio Hand-in Times & Locations (changed to give flexibility):
Wednesday 22 April: From 2pm – 6pm at the Open Studio, Caol Youth Centre

Monday 27 April: From 11am – 3pm at Room 13’s office, Glenloy Street, Caol

Tuesday 28 April: From 11am – 3pm at Room 13’s office, Glenloy Street, Caol

Wednesday 29 April: From 2pm – 6pm at the Open Studio, Caol Youth Centre

Open Studio, Caol Youth Centre, Glenkingie Street, Caol PH33 7DP

Room 13 International, Unit 1, Glenloy Street, Caol PH33 7DR – please use buzzer round the corner on Patience Way (the office is upstairs).

If none of the above times are convenient please email me at, or send a private message via Facebook ( to arrange an alternative.

Awards will be made on the basis of overall achievement.  The judges are looking for evidence of a commitment to making artwork and to see your development as an artist in the work you make.  Portfolios submitted will be judged on:

Originality – confident expression of the artist’s own unique way of looking, thinking and handling materials

Development – exploring ideas and trying out different techniques

Enthusiasm – an overall sense of purpose and interest in making artwork

Need more information?  Contact Fiona at Room 13 International: