Category Archives: Room 13 Lochyside

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:

Creativity = Capital Room 13 Presentation at Scottish Parliament

Creativity = Capital            Room 13 Presentation at Scottish Parliament

At the invitation of MSP Jean Urquhart, Room 13 has an opportunity to present to an invited audience in a committee room at the Scottish Parliament on 23rd April.

We have called the event ‘Creativity = Capital’ based on the premise that creativity is important in all aspects of life, business and community.

Room 13 artists, studio managers and invited guests will present what Room 13 is about and why creativity is valuable – to individuals, education, and society.

Speakers will include:

Young artists and management team of Room 13 studios in Caol and Lochyside Primary Schools – representing generations of pupils who have amassed 20 years experience of running their own art studio and without ever falling behind with their class work!

Claire Gibb, Chief Executive of Room 13 International, the charity formed to support and promote the ethos of Room 13 and young artists worldwide.

Fiona Clancy, ‘Head of Disruption’ at global marketing and communications company TBWA Worldwide. Room 13 and TBWA have been working together since 2003 to plant the seeds of creativity in schools and communities from Soweto to South Central LA.

This is an excellent opportunity for Room 13 to engage directly with many leading Educationalists, Politicians and members of the Arts and the business community; individuals who are well positioned to guide and influence others.

This is Our Faith

Artists of Room 13 Lochyside created an installation for a service in St Columbus Cathedral. The piece consisted of nine crosses cut and sanded by hand, painted and finished with gold leaf and stencilled with words relating to the faith. These were unveiled yesterday in a service at St Columbus Cathedral in Oban cathedral to mark the launch of ‘This is Our Faith’, the new syllabus for Catholic religious education in Scotland.

View more photos of the work in progress

Room 13 Lochyside, 'This is Our Faith'Room 13 Lochyside, 'This is our Faith'


Glasgow International Festival

Room 13 artists from Caol and Lochyside were invited by University of the West of Scotland’s Artist Teacher Programme, to make work in response to works by some of the contemporary artists showing at Glasgow International Festival 2012.

Karla Black CakeView more photos of this event on flickr

Nepal Expedition 2011

A youth team from Scotland visited Nepal in October 2011. The team travelled overland through Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan to conduct arts & creativity training workshops with the Nepali youths responsible for new and developing studios.

View photos of this expedition on flickr

Exhibition at National Galleries of Scotland

A group of young Artists from Room 13 Lochyside took part in a short residency at the National Galleries of Scotland in June 2008.  They returned to their own studio to share the inspiration they had collected, and together with their peers and colleagues around the world, spent 6 months developing work inspired by the work in the collection.

The resulting exhibition of  artwork inspired by the National Galleries of Scotland, featuring work from Room 13 Lochyside and Room 13 International Studio Network, was displayed at the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, from 25th March to 29th April 2009.

Room 13 exhibition in National Galleries of Scotland

View photos of the residency and final exhibition on Flickr.