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Young Lochaber artists transformed the Room 13 studio in Caol into an exciting exhibition space as its fourth Popupossum showcase once again proved a success.
The studio in Caol Community Centre was transformed to show handmade, handstitched and fiddly-to-make sketchbooks, screen-printed bags, prints, cards, T-shirts and Room 13 Joint Campus’ Adopt-a-Rock painted stones. For the first time, the recently established Spean Bridge Room 13 added to the work for sale, their screen-printed bags and cards sold very well.
Room 13 Studios, Caol was also presented a cheque from the staff and customers of Corpach Co-op (Co-op Local Community Fund) at the opening of their fourth Popuppossum, making it an extra special start to the pop-up gallery and shop event on Saturday December 8.
Studio Assistants (S1-S6) and Room 13 Joint Campus young folk joined Richard Bracken, artist-in-residence, Fiona Macdonald, administrator and Taylor Black, intern, in welcoming visitors between noon and 5pm, with pizza and mince pies. Brisk sales followed and more than £600 was raised.
The original Popuppossum idea came from the Young Adults Screen-printing Project, funded by The Helen & S G MacGregor Bequest, in 2017. The development of a studio enterprise was central to the project as way of demonstrating the link between practical skills and income generation as a means of sustaining creative activities. The first three exhibitions proved enormously successful, attracting many customers in person and generating further interest in studio products online. Having held its fourth successful Popupposssum event, Room 13 Studios, Caol has is looking to develop this enterprise further.
The first Room 13 studio was set up in 1994 as an art studio run by a group of children in Caol Primary School, near Fort William. Following their initiative, Room 13 studios now operate internationally in school and community settings in more than 15 countries, promoting visual literacy, creativity and enterprise among young people.
In Room 13 arts and enterprise go hand-in-hand; each studio has a management team which is responsible for meeting its running costs, and each offers a space where the work of young artists can be facilitated alongside a professional adult artist-in-residence, and where participants of all ages are encouraged to be creative and to think for themselves. The concept remains rooted in Lochaber and continues to attract interest from all over the world.
The studio team, participants and board thanked all our customers on the day and especially the staff and customers of Corpach Co-op for their generous support for our programme of activity – funds raised go towards keeping the studios open and free to attend.
Room 13 Studios, Caol receive a cheque for more than £2,000 from the Corpach Co-op. NO F50 Room 13 01
The studio made more than £600 from the sale of work and designs. NO F50 Room 13 03
The Popupossum #4 event showcased colourful T-shirt prints designed by the young artists. NO F50 Room 13 04