In 1994, a group of students in Fort William, Scotland, set up an art studio in Room 13, Caol Primary School. They formed a management team, opened their own bank account and ran the studio as a business. They employed an Artist in Residence, bought in equipment and supplies, staged exhibitions, took on commissions, sold photographs, stationery and artworks to generate a profit and occasionally applied for grants to fund their ongoing activities.
What Happens In Room 13?
From the original studio in Scotland, Room 13 grew to establish an international network of student run arts studios, serving an expanding community of young artists in schools and communities worldwide. Each Room 13 studio is founded on business principles and facilitates the work of young artists alongside a professional adult artist in residence.
Room 13 International is our charitable organisation, formed in 2009 to embody the worldwide network of Room 13 studios. Our role is to support these studios and promote the value of a higher quality of creative, entrepreneurial education with particular emphasis on philosophy and the arts.
Room 13 is 21!
On 30th April 2015, we will be celebrating 21 years since the children of Caol Primary School founded their own art studio.
In the run up to Ideas Week 2015, Room 13 would like to involve everyone in a mass exercise of creativity with the aim of generating 3000 ideas.
Donations for Nepal
Room13 International is collecting donations to support our studios in Nepal in their efforts to recover and rebuild their communities. Please help us support our global community.