Our Art Centre

About Us

“The Anatomy Rooms is a unique creative hub offering a range of working spaces, events and projects in support of individual practitioners, groups and arts organisations.”


    The centre comprises of five shared studio rooms, four private studios, an open project room, a study and community room, events space, tooled makers workshop, kitchen and dining area, wi-fi throughout and 24/7 access for residents. Studio and working spaces are let on a month-to-month basis, with one year being the expected tenure duration. It currently houses 16 individual practitioners, a research group, a music and media youth development organisation and a start-up fashion and textiles design workshop.

    Situated at the rear of Marischal College, in the former anatomy department of the University of Aberdeen, the centre opened to residents in early 2016. The facility is managed by artist-led Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) ‘All In Ideas’. The organisation was formed in 2015 to develop and manage projects in support of arts practitioners in the city. Research and start-up funding support for the Anatomy Rooms was provided by Aberdeen City Council and Creative Scotland’s Place Partnership pilot Creative Spaces Awards scheme. The Anatomy Rooms is just one of All In Ideas’ development portfolio of innovative projects in the city.


  • Think, produce, present, reach.
  • Augment discourse for artist and audience.
  • Agitate the cultural sector toward continual progress and development.
  • Expand and progress a shared cultural vision for participants and audience
  • Encourage, through action, critical debate.
  • Encourage, through action, inward migration and retention of talent.
  • Heighten the visibility of creative output at a national and international level.
  • Raise the profile of artists and creative forward thinkers.
  • Maintain the momentum of forward thinkers.
  • Create and support new collaborations.
  • Pursue new and unorthodox methods of presentation.
  • Value skill, creativity, maker, audience
  • Exist outside profiteering from inventiveness and creativity.
What's Happening

News and Events

Out of Site Out of Mind – Jo Muir

‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ is an exhibition by anatomy rooms based artist Jo Muir. This exhibition will conclude a series of exhibitions by residents at TAR as part …

Underpinning_Drawing Objects – Workshop

Ruth Switalski is a Glasgow based artist, curator, educator and facilitator. Her work is an ontological examination of painting, focussing on materiality and sculpture through installation, concerned predominantly with the …

Set The Scope by Jim Ewen

Following the soft launch of Jim’s exhibition on the 12th of April we are presenting a limited series of invigilated open hours. Next up Friday 20th April 4-7pm Our Project Room …

Underpinning Programme

Underpinning Programme Open call for artists working in any form to enrol in a 6 month membership led by All In Ideas at The Anatomy Rooms. Link here This membership …

Underpinning – Artist Program Launch

Monday 29th January, 18:00-20:00 Underpinning is a curated programme of activity produced by the All In Ideas at the Anatomy Rooms. It will run from February – July 2018. The …

C Joynes & Barrett’s Dottled Beauty

Saturday March 17th 19:00-22:00 £5 BYOB Barrett’s Dottled Beauty are delighted to welcome the marvellous C Joynes to Aberdeen. Striding the same outsider streets as Fahey, Taussig etc, yet continually …

NESCOL Graduate Summer Residency

Now in year two The Anatomy Rooms and parent organisation, All In Ideas, begin the journey of directly supporting early stage arts practitioners. Working with staff from NESCOL Jim and …


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