For the past 5 years the Nuart team have come together in Aberdeen, some travelling hundreds of miles to join us while others are just up the hill in Rosemount. One of the challenges having such big productions is finding enough space to house everything but in 2018 we met Jim Ewen, founder of The Anatomy Rooms and Arkade Studios.
Housed in the old Anatomy Building located at the back of the prestigious Marischal College (a literal granite castle), the studio’s have been in operation for 5 years, taking on the old medical labs which had lain empty for over a decade. Once home to trainee doctors and a fully operational morgue, the site is now full of life with artistic inhabitants taking up residence across the building. Along with artist studios and gallery, The Anatomy Rooms is also home to City Moves Dance Studio who run regular dance classes for people of all ages along with curating the ‘Dance Live’ festival which is due to return in the Autumn.
The building is abuzz with activity and the recent addition of the Arkade Gallery has welcomed exhibitions from recent Grays graduates, local artist’s and studio residents like Martin Bell who recently curated the fantastic ‘Come Together’ group exhibition.
Jim says “Arkade studios, project space and gallery, managed by All In Ideas SCIO, is a city centre arts centre designed to be artist driven and accessible to all. A space free of the often stuffy arts organisational hierarchies. An arts centre that thrives on the energy of those using it whether as residents, exhibitors or one of the many projects and city festivals that have passed through over the years. It’s fair to say few users match why the site was created more than Nuart. The scale and professionalism of the production, the openness and friendliness of the whole local, national and international team coupled with their focus on the artists which in turn leads directly to audience experience for a city is wholly inspiring. The only downside will be how quickly and efficiently they can pack everything away and say their goodbyes leaving a building with an energetic echo. Hoping some of this rubs of on me and others and we can all add to the growing and wide ranging arts scene Aberdeen deserves’.