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Postcards from Scotland

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 Open Studio – Wednesdays from 1st October

Room 13’s popular OPEN STUDIO (Community Studio, Caol Youth Centre) is open again – Wednesday 1 October, 2pm-6pm

The OPEN STUDIO is open to all ages, all levels of experience & it’s free!

We provide a relaxed studio environment for self-directed creative activity – come and use the materials and equipment, do your own thing, work on a shared project, or ask the lead-artist to show you how to make prints, work with clay, make papier mache, stretch a canvas…

Paper, paints, inks, pastels, oil bars, pencils, card & more are available (& free), sketchbooks, clay, canvas, etching plates, lino can be provided at cost.  Tea, coffee & water will be available (donations to cover costs welcome).

It’s on 2pm-6pm Wednesdays during term time (and during school holidays by arrangement with lead artist) – pop in, stay for a while, stay longer – we look forward to seeing you!

Room 13 Community Studio, Caol Youth Centre, Glenkingie Street, Caol, Fort William (Scotland)

Lochaber Young Artist of the Year Award 2014

Lochaber News Image YAA 2014

Lochaber Rotary Club recently decided that recognition and reward for Lochaber’s young visual arts talent was needed.  The brief was simple: the new award would be open to artists aged 7 – 17, selection to be based on a portfolio of work showing evidence of originality, development and enthusiasm.  Room 13 International was pleased to assist the Rotary Club bring this new award to the attention of Lochaber’s young artists and was delighted to see the quality and hard work evident in all the portfolios submitted.

On May 23rd 2014 at Art Lochaber’s annual exhibition awards were presented by Lesley Benfield, Chief Executive of Fort William Chamber of Commerce, to:

Overall Winner:  Ella Robertson Smith, Caol Primary School

Runner-up: Sarah Clelland, Lochaber High School

Runner-up: Wiktoria Zumościk, Lochaber High School

Highly Commended:

Korrine MacMillan, Lochaber High School

Jamie-Lee Birrell, Lochaber High School

Lachie Robinson, Mallaig High School

Rachel Bolton, Lochaline Primary School

Ella, Sarah and Wiktoria each received a trophy and vouchers for artist materials from Artmedia store in Inverness.  In addition, one work from each was selected to be shown in the annual exhibition.

The four Highly Commended young artists each received a sketchbook and certificate.  All entrants received a thank-you letter with feedback from the Selection Panel.  It is hoped that the award will continue to spark inspiration and encourage young artists to keep making artwork.

Congratulations Ella, Sarah, Wiktoria, Korrine, Jamie-Lee, Lachie and Rachel – and thank you to everyone who got busy, made work and entered portfolios.




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!

New Administrator post for Room 13 International – applications closed.

Are you looking for an admin job with a difference? Room 13 International is looking to recruit a resourceful and self motivated person to provide administrative support as we develop the organisation. 

Like the studios themselves, the organisation of Room 13 International has grown organically, and has now reached a crucial stage in its development. Dedicated administrative support is urgently needed to support the team of artists currently responsible for leading and developing the organisation and enhance their ability to deliver the expected high standard of creative and socially valuable work.

The position is expected to be of particular interest to someone who is self motivated and has excellent organisational and interpersonal skills. If you think you could handle working behind the scenes at Room 13, we would love to hear from you!

No more applications please. Applications to this post are now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied. We look forward to introducing our new administrator soon.

Visit to Room 13 from St Mary’s Derry

Meghan Doherty, a studio manager from Room 13 St Mary’s, Derry, reports on her team’s fact finding mission to Room 13 in Caol, Scotland:

On Thursday, September 26th, our group of ten, (accompanied by Mrs. Quinn and Mr. Hoeritzauer) from St. Mary’s Room 13, travelled to Fort William, Scotland, home to the original Room 13. After planning for numerous weeks, the excitement between us was immeasurable! Tickets booked, bags packed, passports in hand; we were ready to go.  Following a quick trip to the City of Derry airport, a short plane ride and a bus journey, we had arrived. The scenery travelling to our destination alone was captivating. From the sculpted mountains to the lush greenery, there were sights that caused gaping mouths, at every corner. We arrived at the Bank Street Lodge, our home for the night.

After changing out of our ‘travel clothes’, we headed for dinner. When our stomachs had settled, we decided to go to the amusements. Filled to the brim, with incredible rides, impressive bouncy castles and mouth-watering food stalls, there was action at every turn. We made our way to the bowling alley, followed by a slightly competitive game of bowls. Everyone had so much fun in one night alone, that we could not wait for the next day to begin, so we ‘hit the hay’.

We awoke, had breakfast and were buzzing to see Room 13. We went firstly to see the community studio in Caol Youth Centre, which most definitely looked the part. They showcased amazing work, by Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Hughes, and by the local residents. This included a spectacular photography exhibition, picturing the local residents; it showed the diversity in the area and the differences in personalities. We can all say that the work blew us away!

Our first session, guided by Sarah, was exploring the different way to paint; using brushes, bottles, spoons, knives, and even our bodies, and the outcome was extraordinary! We had lunch on the sea-front, which had a picture-perfect view, followed by a trip to the park and the beach.

Now it was what we had been waiting for, to see Room 13 in Caol Primary School. It was mind – boggling that primary aged children could make such wonderful work and at such a high standard! They even had their own souvenirs! The management team talked to us about the day-to-day running, fundraising ideas and their own artwork, they give us excellent advice and concepts which we could never have thought of. All of the members were simply awe-inspiring!

Following this, we had a second session, which focused on how we could show emotions through different shapes and colours in modelling clay. It gave us a better understanding of artwork and different ways to express ourselves in our artwork. Our final session was using symbols to talk to each other. It was interesting to see how you could make conservation without saying anything at all, and how Sarah was able to tell our personalities and friendships. At the end of the day, we were sad to go, but glad at the knowledge we took home.

Our final night in Scotland was in a beautiful hotel. Sitting on extremely comfy beds, we were able to discuss the day, and take away significant understanding. We were deeply saddened at the end of our trip; we never wanted it to end! We came home with memories that will never be forgotten.

Meghan Doherty, Room 13 St Mary’s Derry

Room 13 St Mary's Derry Visit to Scotland Sept 2013

Room 13 St Mary's Derry Visit to Scotland Sept 2013


“People aren’t like Robots!” Exhibition

Room 13 Open Day

We have an open day coming up where you can come by and experience Room 13 by diving right into the middle of it all and see for yourself how a Room 13 works within a school and community environment!

There will be visits to the original Room 13 based in Caol Primary School at regular intervals throughout the day. The artists in residence and managers will be on hand and will happily answer any questions you may have about what really goes on in a Room 13. It will be also a great opportunity to bring up any individual project ideas you may have which are relevant to your community or organisation and you can book a one to one meeting to discuss it further.

Room 13 Open Day, Caol Youth Centre from 11:00am – 3:00pm on the 27th of September.

Come by for the whole day or just drop in for a chat!

Contact: admin@room13internation.org for further details on the day’s events..

Room 13 Summer Studio 2013

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.


InterGen Artlink Project

Inter-generational project at Room 13 Beatrice Tate

In 2012, Room 13 International has supported Room 13 Beatrice Tate in making a successful application to the Shadwell Trust. The grant from Shadwell Trust is being administered through Room 13 International to run ”Intergen Artlink” project, linking Room 13 Beatrice Tate with their surrounding community in Bethnal Green, east London.

The aim of the project is to draw together local groups that would otherwise not meet, to take part in creative and social workshops facilitated by artists Emma Conder and Bob Dawson.

Other outcomes of the project are to build the profile of Room 13 in the community and to start creating long term supportive and mutually beneficial links and relationships.

This is an inter-generational project involving young people from the Room13 studios in Beatrice Tate and and Old Ford schools and older residents from Gateway Sheltered Housing and Tower Hamlets U3A art groups.

In a series of with creative workshops, participants in the ”Intergen Artlink” project have been given the opportunity to express themselves through a range of mediums and techniques, including collage, print, drawing, poems, sculpture, books, through which they are encouraged to share and compare their cultural, generational and personal experiences, and stories about growing up and life in Tower Hamlets.

To date, both young and elderly participants have enjoyed dedicated workshop sessions in familiar territory, as well as being able to get out and about to explore the local area and coming together in unique spaces and times created for meeting and making.

Rather than impose themes, the artists have encouraged and facilitated the group to set the direction and pace of their creative enquiry. Sessions to date have involved working in sketchbooks, alone and in groups, getting to know and each other and be comfortable sharing work and ideas, collecting material and information about the local area and its history; memories; self portraits; and responding to music.

This project is ongoing, and will culminate in 2013 with an exhibition of the groups work inspired by their collective and individual experiences.

In their own words:

“At the start of the project the idea was to individually and collaboratively make work about the member’s collective experience and personal memories of Bethnal Green (London), the local area, and what it meant to the participants.

However over the course of the project it has become clear that these unique spaces and times created for meeting and making; are more about getting to know each other, to chat and to share, with the common thread of ‘creativity’ and ‘making’ as a constant presence and activity from the start.  The creation of art works and sharing in processes have become the foundations and the spring board on which the participants are connecting with each other and learning about each other.  The artists have adjusted the themes and focus of the workshops accordingly.

The first workshop in 2012 was all about meeting each other and showing our art work. In their own studio during preparatory workshops,  both groups had been working on sketchbooks and pieces about themselves and their lives. We had been collecting material and information about the local area and its history; memories and experiences, photos, actual things, sketches, word and rubbings. So people brought  pictures of themselves in as children, or brought in things or pictures of things that are important to them. In small groups or couples, however they naturally formed, we looked at each others work; talked about what it meant, or how it had been created, and shared a cup of tea and a beautiful spread of cakes! Some of the participants started to create collages from the materials that had been set out; working together.

Our second meeting was to be a joint group trip of the Senior art groups and children from the Room 13 Old Ford school, to a local exhibition of historical and recent photography of the area.  Both groups had sessions with the artists in preparation for the trip. The Old Ford Room 13 children had thought about the meaning of place, and about what home means; we did some collaborative mapping of their local area.  The seniors enjoyed the exhibition and were able to see the changes in the local area. Unfortunately The Old Ford School group were unable to join the trip at the last minute.

Our next session at Ruth Court had the theme of self portrait and use of clay. Each group had preparatory workshops practising to create clay busts, or enjoying the properties of the clay and experimenting with mark making and imprints. All the participants got stuck into creating sculptures straight away; chatting and helping each other.  Everyone was pleased to see familiar faces again; there was ‘banter’ and a real celebratory atmosphere! There were some interesting pieces created which were all photographed and the clay recycled.

Our most recent session in March 2013 was very soft and tranquil; as everyone appeared to be comfortable and at ease with each other. It also maybe have been due to the theme of the workshop which was music and responding through drawing and with our bodies. All the groups had been working creatively in response to sounds in run up sessions to the workshop; including the Old Ford young artists, who were unable to make the joint inter-generation session again.  For the workshop we hired a jazz singer and guitarist. While they played the group made marks, and danced with charcoal taped to bamboo lengths, on paper covering the ‘dance floor’ creating a collaborative and unending response to the music.

We are looking forward to the next meeting of our groups and excited to see how the relationships we are all developing will create opportunities for everyone in the future.”

Emma Conder
Lead Artist, Intergen Artlink Project.