Introducing our new Room 13 artist in Lochaber

Our thanks to all applicants who submitted proposals in response to our brief for an artist to join our team in Lochaber.

After much deliberation, with all candidates being of a very high standard, we are thrilled to announce that we have appointed Audrey O’Brien as a new Artist in Residence working with Room 13 in Lochaber. Audrey will focus on developing and delivering a new series of projects and creative engagements with community groups and local schools, particularly Lochaber High School.

Audrey will work closely with Richard Bracken, who is currently the lead artist for Room 13 in Lochaber and the Room 13 International team. We are very excited about working with her too! She is very passionate about the project and we think she will bring a lot of experience and enthusiasm to the role.

Visit Audrey’s website to take a look at her previous work:

http://www.sea-projects.org.uk

This new role will expand the team of artists working with Room 13 in Lochaber and creates new opportunities for us to promote engagement and understanding of contemporary arts practice among the community and reach out to groups already keen to work with Room 13.

With Audrey on board, we will have greater capacity enthuse, involve and mentor a core of young people as collaborators in visual art projects in and out of school.

This new residency opportunity has been created as part of our delivery as a partner in the Highland Youth Arts Hub and is supported by Creative Scotland’s Time to Shine Fund.

Our thanks to the interview panel including HYAH representative and youth volunteer who gave up their time to help us in the selection process.

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Nepali students report on Earthquake

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These hand written reports by senior pupils from Pokhara region of Nepal are among the updates we have been sent recently on the work we have been supporting with your donations. The students writing the reports have investigated the many issues affecting them and their country as a result of the earthquakes, including; Destruction of life and property, Affected areas, Heavy rain, flooding and landslides, How schools have been affected by the earthquakes.

One student determines the effect caused by human beings as a result of global warming. Many expressed their own feelings about the earthquake it has affected them personally. It is extremely rare for pupils in Nepali schools to be given any opportunity for self expression – most learning is by rote. These thoroughly detailed yet creatively presented reports result from ORION Institute’s determination to inspire and educate young people through the medium of arts and creativity. Room 13 International is proud to be associated with their efforts! We hope to continue to support them as they work to set up Room 13 Art Training Center in Pokhara, Nepal.

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The relief effort to help communities in Nepal recover from the effects of the devastating earthquakes is ongoing.

Donations and contributions can be made via Paypal using the link below:




Cheques or money orders can be sent to:

Room 13 International, Unit 1, Glenloy Street, Caol, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 7DR.

Please make cheques payable to Room 13 International, and mark ‘Nepal Fund’ on the back.
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