Room 13 Silwane was officially opened on 12 May 2008 in Ekukhanyeni Mission in Inanda township, Kwa Zulu Natal. Silwane was the first school in the province to introduce Room 13, as part of an initiative by TBWA\ South Africa to establish studios in every province.
Room 13 Silwane combines a focus on learners’ artistic and personal development with a strong business ethic. The learners are taught skills in various visual art techniques as well as creative writing. The art disciplines that are taught include: drawing, painting, photography, mural painting, printmaking, silk screen printing and fabric painting. Products that are produced include: drawings, paintings, lino prints, cards, t-shirts and matchstick table mats.
In their own words:
“Room 13 is important to us because it makes us happy. It encourages us to realise our talents. We see ourselves at an advantage where we learn different skills, do handwork, printmaking and design items and artworks that we can sell. Our school is getting recognition from the outside world and we see a brighter future through Room 13.”