Welcome to Room13

We're a non-profit network of school-based art studios that teach children invaluable life and business skills using art and creativity to instil a sense of entrepreneurial spirit.

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About Room 13

Room 13 is a non-profit organisation that uses art and creativity to develop and empower children to become the best that they can be.

Room 13 South Africa has been running for 16 years, after adopting the idea from Scotland in 2004. Currently, we have 6 studios based in schools across the provinces of Gauteng, the Free-State and Mpumalanga.

We aim to create a safe place where children can go every day after school, to develop their self-esteem and sense of purpose. The principle is that any child can be an artist and every child is welcome.

Our studios are managed by the learners along with an Artist-in-Residence who facilitates the activities, using their own creative skills combined with the interests of the children. Activities can range from drawing, painting, printing, sculpture to theatre and performance. business and entrepreneurial skills are encouraged through the day-to-day management of the studio, exhibitions and the selling of their creative products.

Why Art?

More than self-expression, we use art and creativity to help kids develop their self-esteem and sense of purpose. By developing their artistic expression across visual arts, performance and literature, we aim to inspire and unlock children’s imagination. And we instil essential business skills by encouraging each studio to run as an individual business.

How we work

Learners take full responsibility for sustaining the project at their school, by forming studio management teams that look after their supplies, budgets, targets and make overall decisions about their development.
The learners are supported by an Artist-In-Residence who is from the community and also qualified to teach art. To keep our learners inspired and broaden their career opportunities, we host ‘show-and-tell’ sessions with professional creatives from diverse disciplines.

Our programmes

Our Programmes

Room 13 seeks to unlock children’s imagination by developing their artistic expression across various art forms, in particular visual arts, performance arts and literature. At the same time Room 13 teaches these children essential business skills, as they run the studio as their own business, taking full responsibility for the sustainability of the project. The learners are supported by an Artist-In-Residence who is from the community and is qualified to teach art.

From our Artists-in-Residence (AiR) we receive ongoing reports to allow us to stay in touch with classroom activities and student progress. Examples of reports include: Monthly reports, Monthly time sheets, Learners register, Quarterly newsletter for stakeholders

Support Room13

Reasoma Secondary School

Protea North, Soweto

Reasoma Secondary joined our programme in 2011 and currently has over 30 young artists who focus on drawing, painting, printmaking and performance art.

Sinomzi Sishuba

Artist and Creative Entrepreneu

Sinomzi graduated from the Mofolo Art Centre with a National Diploma in Fine arts and has been with the Room 13 programme since 2016. He’s a versatile artist with skills in painting, sculpture, puppet-making and printmaking that enjoys working with the youth.

Sapebuso Primary school

Orlando West, Soweto

Sapebuso Primary joined our programme in 2005, as one of our first schools. 15 years later, the programme has 45 learners in the studio with an alumni that includes doctors and teachers. The programmer specializes in fine arts and photography.

Bhukhosi "Mzi" Nyathi

Artist and Curator

Originally from Zimbabwe, Bukhosi received his fine art qualification from the Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre. He's been a Room 13 artist since 2015 and continues to share his skills in fine art, photography and performance poetry.

Amohelang Intermediate School

Botshabelo, Bloemfontein

Amohelang Intermediate has been with Room13 since 2004 and has seen over 290 learners benefited from the programme. Specializing in fine arts, our alumni include photographers, fine artists, and graphic design graduates. Through the support of their Artist, our learners have won numerous art competitions such as the SAB YOU decide, Cashbuild Art-At-Heart, Sanral Safety Art Competition and the Free-State Mzansi Magic Market.

Isaac Mochaka Mohale

Artist

A native of the Free State and an established artist in the community, Issac joined Room13 in 2009 and currently has over 25 learners in the school studio. Passionate about using his skills of design and visual art to uplift children, Issac continues to participate in various local and national showcase platforms and competitions.

Matla Primary School

Botshabelo, Bloemfontein

Matla Primary is one of our newest schools, joining our programme in 2014. In the last 6 years, the studio has seen over 120 learners that have been skilled in mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpting and photography.

Makara Tsoenyane

Artist

Born and bred in Bloemfontein, Makara completed his Diploma in Art and Design at Motheo College and joined Room 13 in 2014 where he currently works with 28 learners. An active community artist, he regularly participates in exhibitions and initiatives in the province.

Saint Martin De Porres High School

Orlando West, Soweto

St Martin opened their Room 13 studio in 2008, and over the years has seen over 250 learners develop skills in fine art and performing arts. The studio hosts weekly sessions for the community to partake in poetry.

Makae Molotse

Artist

A developing artist and Room 13 alumni, Makae’s journey the programme began during his high school years at the St. Martin studio. In 2018, he became one of our artists in residence, sharing his passion for visual and performance art with 25 learners.

Macamela Primary School

Clau Clau, Mpumalanga

Macamela joined Room 13 in 2007. The school studio has helped over 380 learners develop skills in drawing, performance and poetry.

Sthembiso Ngwenya

Artist

Sthembiso recently joined the Room 13 programme in 2019. As a community-based artist, she had developed strong ties with the school, volunteering to develop creativity within learners. A strong believer in self-expression, Sthembiso works with multiple classes within the school and encourages her studio to develop skills in performance as a communication tool.



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Physical Address:

3 Sandown Valley Crescent
Gauteng, Sandton
2096

Contact number:
011 322 3100

Email Address:
room13@tbwa.co.za

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Account Name: Room 13 Art Centre
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Number: 22 074 736 9
Branch: 01 9205 (Sandton)
SWIFT Code: SWFXJJXXX
Account type: Business current account

Company Registration Number:
1991/005121/08

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