About Room 13

Room 13 International represents a growing network of student-run arts studios in schools and community settings worldwide.

The story of Room 13 began in 1994, when a group of students established their own art studio in Room 13, Caol Primary School near Fort William, Scotland.

They ran the studio as a business, raising funds to buy art materials and employ a professional Artist in Residence to work with them.

Slowly and organically, Room 13 has gone on to establish a network of creative studios and a thriving community of young artists and entrepreneurial thinkers that stretches around the globe.


Creative Freedom

Each Room 13 studio facilitates the work of young artists alongside a professional adult Artist in Residence, providing an exchange of ideas, skills and experience across the ages. In Room 13, students are encouraged to take the lead, be creative, and to think for themselves. This very simple idea has been embraced by people all over the world, giving rise to a movement that places art and creativity at the heart of learning.

As the Room 13 concept has developed and spread throughout the world it has become clear that our approach can be adapted to a wide variety of educational environments and art forms.


Our studio network represents a growing international culture of creativity and social enterprise, which becomes absorbed into the schools and communities wherever a Room 13 studio is established. It is accessible to individuals of all ages who choose to get involved with Room 13, and generates ripples of influence into the wider community.

Room 13 International was formed as a charitable organisation in 2009 to support the growing network of Room 13 studios. Our role is to support and develop these studios and promote the value of a higher quality of creative, entrepreneurial education with particular emphasis on philosophy and the arts.

An International Community

The Room 13 network offers a forum through which artists and young people can engage with different sectors of society, gain experience that enhances their curriculum learning and benefit from international relationships and cultural exchange.

By sharing creative and entrepreneurial skills, Room 13 is empowering a generation of active, creative citizens, who are motivated, resourceful and engaged in the development of their communities.

Room 13 encourages ambition and aspiration at every level by providing a continuing motivation to learn and fulfil potential. Worldwide, our studios have a proven record of keeping young people engaged in education and are recognised as a means of addressing some of the most compelling problems facing young people, schools and society. We are a home grown, creative, socially motivated, enterprising organisation with an international reputation and an exciting future.