25 Arthur Street | Edinburgh EH6 5DA
As Edinburgh continues to lose some of its finest art venues to crippled finance, there is comfort in seeing a rise in grassroots collectives such as Rhubaba. A non-profit artist run organisation funded by a group of ECA disciples in 2009 – although many a talented outsider has since been brought into their midst – they were selected as one of the venues for the 2011 Art Festival.
Running from a warehouse space off Leith walk, they have 13 studios and a gallery/project space where they host contemporary art exhibitions and events. Their self-proclaimed mission: to propagate and practice a DIY approach to art production and dissemination. They aim to help launch artists who are in the earlier stages of their careers, by providing opportunities to produce new work in a collaborative, discursive atmosphere.
Rhubaba also boasts its very own choir, a group of singers who endeavour to use their voices in creative and dynamic ways which challenge the standard approach to choral singing. Newcomers are welcome to the group - get in touch via their website if you're looking to polish up your pipes and get crooning.