About Room 13

Room 13 is the only Highland-based arts organisation focused exclusively on providing free, high quality, visual arts opportunities and experiences for the 8-25 age group.

Room 13 is a charity registered in Scotland. Our activity is centred around our purpose-built studios in the village of Caol, where young people are encouraged to be creative and to think for themselves.

Room 13 offers a safe and welcoming space for young artists to work alongside a professional adult artist-in-residence, with free access to tools, equipment and materials. Arts and enterprise go hand-in-hand as each studio has a management team who organise the space and help meet its running costs.

The first Room 13 was set up in Lochaber, Scotland, in 1994 as an art studio run by a group of children and their Artist-in-Residence, Rob Fairley, in a spare classroom in Caol Primary School.

Following their initiative, the idea was adopted by artists and young people around the world. As a result, Room 13 Caol became the centre of a movement promoting visual literacy, creativity and enterprise among young people in school and community spaces worldwide.

Today, Room 13 remains rooted in the Highland community where it first began. While we continue to attract interest from all over the world, this is where we know we can be most effective. By focusing on what we do best, in the area we know well, we hope that Room 13 may continue to inspire local action, everywhere.

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