We’re inviting proposals for micro-projects to complement our programme of studio activity. This is a great opportunity for Lochaber-based artists who would like to develop their practice with young artists and learn more about working with Room 13.
Proposals for micro-projects (around 3 days in total) might focus on exploring an idea, a particular approach to a material or, responding in some way to the current theme being explored in the studio – ‘Utopia’.
Up to 4 artists will work in collaboration with the lead artist at Room 13 Studios Caol, Richard Bracken, to develop their micro-project ideas.
Deadline: Thursday 12th April at 17.00 hours
On 30th April 2015, we will be celebrating 21 years since the children of Caol Primary School founded their own art studio. Since 1994, successive groups of young people have kept the studio running without ever falling behind with their class work. Working with 4 different adult Artists in Residence over 21 years, generations of children at Caol Primary School have achieved truly remarkable things.
They have mounted exhibitions in Tate Modern, The National Galleries of Scotland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. They have commandeered a global company’s corporate social responsibility programme with an ambitious plan to bring creativity to under privileged children throughout the world. They have raised funds to travel the world, and to employ adults to run a global operation on their behalf. They have taken thousands of photographs, sent millions of e-mails, hosted hundreds of visitors. They have even, on occasion, found time to clean the studio sink.
Out of this first Room 13, our worldwide network of studios has grown. The charity, Room 13 International was set up to support a worldwide community of art studios run and managed by the people that use them. Room 13 studios now exist in a range of school and community settings across Scotland and throughout the world.
Celebrating Room 13’s 21st Birthday, we will be joined by members of the current Room 13 studio management team, along with members of the Caol Primary School community, and hopefully some familiar faces from years gone by.
Room 13 21st Birthday Celebration 3 – 6pm Thursday 30th April 2015
Hosted by Room 13 International, Unit 1, Glenloy Street, Caol, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 7DR
Schooling Scotland: Education, Equity & Community, by Daniel Murphy, book 7 in the ‘Postcards from Scotland’ series, will be launched this evening in Glasgow. The book features a chapter on Room 13!
‘Postcards from Scotland’ – a series of small books relevant to Scotland but also about the big issues of our time – is a collaboration between Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing and Argyll Publishing.
Postcards from Scotland aims to help develop new thinking in a readable and accessible format and publicise, to a much greater audience, some of the projects in Scotland which are already aiming to help bring about a new way of living.
Visit the Postcards from Scotland website for more information or to buy any of these fascinating and insightful books.
The webpage contains a link to Daniel Murphys’ Tour Journal in full, which includes a detailed description of his visit to Room 13 Caol. Jump to page 29 for Room 13, or browse the full document to find out about a range of other inspirational schools across Scotland.
Room 13 Community Studio in Caol was the focal point for our 2013 summer programme. which included Portfolio Preparation for senior school pupils, workshops for Very Young Artists and popular afternoon studio sessions for artists of all levels of experience and ability.
There was drawing, painting, construction, wood, wire, looking, thinking, talking, photography, glitter, poetry, printmaking, sculpting, discovery, hilarity, collaboration, mystification, exploration and questions. Lots of questions. A good time was had by all.
Browse photos of the fun and interesting happenings at Room 13 Summer Studio 2013.
More photos here on our Facebook page.
Room 13 Caol organised an interactive open studio & art installation at My Creative Fort William launch event.
Room 13 Caol presents a retrospective spanning nearly 2 decades. This exhibition at Caol Youth Centre features a selection of artwork produced in Room 13 Caol from its earliest days right up to the present. The earliest works on show are photographic pieces attributed to Caol Camera Club, whilst the most recent were brought into existance only in recent weeks.