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Room 13 Hareclive is an independent artists studio based in the grounds of Hareclive Academy (Primary). The studio employs 2 part time artist educators and children can go there to draw, paint, collage, sculpt, take photographs, make films, research, read and work on the computer. In Room 13 they are free to follow their own ideas and work on their own creative projects. Room 13ers have taken part in many exhibitions, trips, presentations, events and they get to work with a wide range of professionals (fundraiser, finances, web designer, other artists...).
Room 13 is run by the children that use it, with an elected Management Committee from years 5+6. Working alongside adults, and with real jobs and responsibilities, they make decisions about the studio, run a shop, raise funds for materials, keep the room clean, sign cheques and are involved in developing Room 13 and its work beyond the studio.
Room 13 is open to all children years 1-6 three school days a week. Children negotiate with teachers to work here in class time when they are up to date with school work, are doing things related to school work, or would benefit individually from the space and approach.
Together, all these things mean that in Room 13, children are given the freedom to be creative, the incentive to be responsible and work hard, and the opportunity to learn about running a project and a business. Children can follow their own learning, without pressure on outcomes or results, and learn from real experiences. We know from our own monitoring and evaluation and from independent research that Room 13 has a very positive impact on the confidence, happiness, responsibility, aspirations, team / work skills, learning and achievements of children.
Room 13 Hareclive is part of a network of independent Room 13 studios that exist around the world to encourage creativity, learning, business skills and independent thinking in young people. Hareclive is one of the most established and oldest Room 13 studios in the world, and the flagship project for England, attracting visitors nationally and internationally from education and the arts.