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Creative Spaces

Anatomy Rooms Workshop


The Creative Spaces initiative from Aberdeen City Council's Culture Programme was set up to support the development of affordable spaces for Creative Industries practitioners. In year one of the programme development funding supported the establishment of 'The Anatomy Rooms', a new city centre artist's studio and workshop space.

The creation of suitable working spaces was identified as a key factor for the sustainability and economic growth of Aberdeen's creative sector in the recently adopted City Centre Masterplan, as well as Robert Gordon University's 'Creating a New North' report.

Under Phase 2 of the City Centre Masterplan Aberdeen is committed to the development of low cost space for creative companies and artists, alongside an associated programme of activity to fast track development of the creative sector.This project would see the scaling up of activities currently taking place at 17 Belmont Street to deliver a regionally and nationally significant creative node in the heart of the city.


The Creative Industries and development of production spaces, has in other cities been a key force in the process of urban regeneration; challenging perceptions of place, providing communities with a 'voice', creating employment and learning opportunities as well as providing a range of social and economic benefits for the surrounding neighbourhoods. For a variety of reasons the potential of the creative Industries has not been truly capitalised upon by Aberdeen, the Creative Spaces programme seeks to address this and play its role in evidencing the value of creativity in shaping Aberdeen's future.




Over the past 3 years the Creative Spaces programme has held a number of events to highlight good practice as well as case studies to provide interested parties an insight into the journey involved in establishing a creative space.

 Jim Ewen from the Anatomy Rooms in Aberdeen and Natalia Palombo from Many Studios in Glasgow.

The Pipe Factory Case Study by Beth Dynowski


Space to Create Directory

Aberdeen City Council is developing 'Made in Aberdeen' - a new website which will provide information on creative and cultural events, resources and opportunities for both members of the public and arts professionals. The site will also feature 'Space to Create', a directory for cultural and creative sector practitioner, groups and members of the public to find places to carry out cultural activity, such as hosting meetings, events, exhibitions, gigs, rehearsals, workshops etc. If the venue you manage or operate is suitable for cultural activity we would like to add it to the directory, raising awareness of what facilities are available and making better use of existing resources.

To have your venue(s) added to the directory please complete the form  and email to

Creative Spaces Event



A tool kit to support individuals and groups to develop Creative Spaces has been developed and is free to download from the link below. The toolkit covers all the steps and considerations you need to take in setting up a Creative Space and includes useful links and resources. 


Case Studies and Other UK Examples


Finding Property


Funding & Business Support


Building Requirements & Points of Consideration






Creative Spaces is supported by Aberdeen City Council and Creative Scotland Place Partnership