Housed in the remains of a former derelict textile cutting room in Stevenson Square, AATMA (formerly Kraak Gallery) crept onto the creative scene in 2009 and quickly established a reputation as a connective hub for innovative visual and performance artists. AATMA was founded by local artists to create an inclusive, accessible and sustainable exhibition space that is dedicated to the ideals of collaboration and open expression. Since then, AATMA has emerged as a humble but forceful player in the Manchester underground arts scene
By expanding into an adjacent vacant building AATMA has now developed into two multi-purpose and low-cost spaces for art, music, exhibition and ideas - AATMA and KRAAK Venue. KRAAK Venue features larger live music acts, theatre, artist workshops, student exhibitions, and other collaborative community projects.