Category Archives: Room 13 CYC

Drawing in the Air

Drawing in the Air

Children in Lochaber will gain an opportunity to learn about the environment around them in new and interesting ways, with this new project led by artist Ali Berardelli for Room 13.

The project will engage art and ecology to explore two forest environments; Outlandia; the treehouse studio and artist-led space high in the hill top forest of Glen Nevis, and at the Forest School at Arkaig Community Forest.

Participants from schools and community groups will visit these locations and create their own ariel imagery through drawing and sound based explorations of the environment.

A team of supporting artists will work alongside the lead artist on this project including a photographer and drone pilot, musician and music therapist and visual artist.

Drawing in The Air gets underway on Sunday 11th June with a family event hosted by Clunes Forest School and a display of ariel photography from around the two locations.

This project is made possible with funding by The People’s Postcode Lottery and Arkaig Community Forest. Activities and historical and ecological discussion will be provided by local artists, Forestry Commission Scotland Ranger and the John Muir Trust Manager.

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Workshops for Very Young Artists

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Contact us for bookings &  information about Very Young Artists workshops and our Highland Youth Arts Hub programme.

Creative Place Awards Nominee 2015

Room 13 International is delighted to announce that we are leading the team which has seen Fort William shortlisted for the Creative Place Awards 2015, funded by Creative Scotland.

Since their launch in 2012, the Creative Place Awards have been awarded to smaller communities across Scotland, outside of the main cities, to enable them to enhance and promote the creative activities and programmes in their area. The awards recognise the communities’ ambitions in using the arts for the benefit of both local residents and visitors to their area.

‘Being nominated for the Creative Places award offers a wonderful opportunity for communities in Fort William and the surrounding area to celebrate our environment, mountain culture and native woodland through the planting of trees and the installation of innovative sculptures.’

Richard Bracken, Artist in Residence, Room 13 Caol

Working with the Fort William community, we plan to use the Creative Places award to create a series of interwoven art and arboreal projects, at the heart of which is The Liberty Grove / Doire na Saorsa, planting 1,000 native trees throughout the region. Working with different art forms, from sculpture and poetry to film, we will improve the environment for the entire community, and celebrate the world-renowned landscape of Lochaber in new and innovative ways.

As the lead organisation Room 13 International will co-ordinate a substantial programme of community-led activities, fostering an awareness of biodiversity and appreciation of wilderness, working with local and international artists, poets and storytellers.

Thanks to its inspiring surroundings, and initiatives such as the Fort William Mountain Festival, the town has an iconic status for visitors; now we will enhance and transform its identity, through innovative ecologically-sensitive cultural projects. Working amongst a community consisting of a remarkably strong network of local organisations, including woodland, geology and environmental specialists along with creative and cultural organisations, we will create a grove in which they can share their expertise in outdoor education, ecology and heritage. The Liberty Grove / Doire na Saorsa will prove that the region, and the Highlands as a whole, is supportive of visionary cultural projects integrated within wilderness landscapes.

All shortlisted Creative Place applicants have been asked to submit a second stage application, detailing more information about their project. We will find out if the bid from Fort William has been successful when the award winners are announced at a ceremony on 10 June 2015.

Creative Place Awards Nominee 2015

Fort William – Creative Place Awards Nominee 2015

Room 13 World Tour – Raising Funds and Spreading Creativity

A set of beautiful custom made moneyboxes are currently touring the world to raise funds and support for Room 13 International!

The Room 13 World Tour is the latest fundraising initiative organised by TBWA.

TBWA Tiger Academy is a global training programme run every year for 40 of the company’s young and most promising employees. Every year, the TBWA Tigers are tasked to come up with an entrepreneurial and creative project to raise funds for Room 13 International.

This year, the TBWA Tigers commissioned Room 13 studios to design and create a unique artwork that would also serve as a moneybox to travel the world raising awareness and money for Room 13 International. The proceeds are directed to the Rod Wright Bursary Fund, introduced by the trustees of Room 13 International in honour of our founding Chairman, and will be used to support entrepreneurial and creative projects put forward by Room 13 studios.


Moneybox created by Room 13 Aragon, London, England

Moneybox created by Room 13 Community Studio, Fort William, Scotland

Moneybox created by Room 13 Aseema, Mumbai, India

Moneybox created by Room 13 Delmar, St Louis, USA

Moneybox created by Room 13 Aragon, London, England




















Room 13 studios in Scotland, England, India and the USA put forward designs and created the 5 artistic pieces you see below. Each of these is now on a route around the worldwide network of TBWA – from Europe, to the America’s, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific.

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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

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!

Easter Workshops 8th – 12th April 2014

Room 13 Community Studio in Caol Youth Centre will be running the popular Very Young Artists workshop and Studio Explorer Sessions along with family friendly workshops for all ages allowing plenty of opportunity to get creative this Easter holiday!

Creative Workshops & Studio Sessions for all ages will run from 8th – 12th April 2014 @ Room13 Community Studio Caol Youth Centre, Fort William, Scotland PH33 7DP

Download the full list of workshops here   or contact for details

Room 13 Community Studio hosting Odd Numbers Project 7th/8th Feb


This weekend, Room 13 Community Studio will host a temporary exhibition and workshop which will recreate the experience of the Odd Numbers project.  Members of the community are invited to participate in the building and creation of a structure, which will be mainly made from reclaimed/salvaged materials.  The building of this pavilion will be led and supervised by Lee Ivett, a qualified architect who teaches at in the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, and who is also the project leader for the Love Milton project, which is a partner in Remaking Society.

Participants will be invited to ‘adopt’ a ceramic creature for a short time and then return it, having made a creative response.
In this way the community of Caol will go through the three stages of Odd Numbers that the community of Milton has participated in – choose a creature, own/possess/document it, then make a creative response;  all of these will be exhibited in the pavilion on the final day.

Construction begins on Friday 7th Feb and the event will conclude with a public seminar led by the University of the West of Scotland’s Artist Teacher programme on Saturday 8th Feb.
This seminar will consider the pedagogical implications of the Odd Numbers project. Creative or merely curious individuals of all ages are welcome to come along at any point to construct, create, watch or listen.

Paper & Printmaking Workshop Series


A series of weekend workshops in Printmaking, Papermaking & Bookbinding.

Best experienced as one course over three weekends, these workshops are designed to give an insight into three related skill sets.  These workshops are available for anyone aged 12 to adult and will take place in the relaxed environment of Room 13 Community Studio in Caol, Lochaber.

Printmaking: 1st & 2nd March                 £58 adult        £38 under 18s

Explore printmaking techniques with visiting artist Sarah Keast. Printmaking is a diverse subject with many skills to master, however, learning just a little can go a long way.  We will look at linocuts, and monoprinting.  Be warned, it can be addictive!

Papermaking: 8th & 9th March               £58 adult        £38 under 18s

Learn how to make paper with recycled materials and naturally occurring materials with Room 13 resident artist Richard Bracken.  This workshop will introduce you to the techniques and allow you to experiment with making your own unique paper.

Bookbinding: 15th  & 16th March            £58 adult        £38 under 18s

Richard Bracken will introduce methods for assembling your own sketchbooks, journals and notepads with just a few simple tools and materials. You will also have the chance to combine all of the skills of printmaking, papermaking and bookbinding during this weekend, giving you, for example, the opportunity to create a book of prints incorporating hand-made paper.

Full course price (all 3 weekends): £160 Adults, £95.00 under 18s

Includes tuition, all materials, and refreshments.

Click here for further information & booking form

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“People aren’t like Robots!” Exhibition