Anna-Maria Nabirye is a multidisciplinary artist working across performance, visual arts, social practice, theatre, film, TV and fashion. She is currently occupied with creating joy and how that intersects with the experiences and cultural representation of Black women.
In 2020 Anna-Maria co-founded Afri-Co-Lab with her sister, a creative community dreaming space in St Leonards-on-Sea that showcases and supports the work of local Black & POC artists. Afri-Co-Lab emerged from AfroRetro, their ethical upcycling and fashion brand. Between both entities they have had partnership projects with Black Cultural Archives, Royal Court, V&A, SouthbankCentre, Brighton Museum, Home Live Art, De La Warr Pavilion and were awarded Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects Africa residency.
As an artist, Anna-Maria has ongoing collaborations with Jess Mabel Jones, Motherhoody (The Albany Theatre/ King’s College London); Annie Saunders, Up In Arms (De La Warr Pavilion, Arts Admin/NAE/MANA Contemporary/The Showroom/Delfina Foundation/no.w.here); and duo Noorafshan Mirza and Brad Butler (London Film Festival/Film & Video Umbrella/Hayward). She has devised and performed work with Improbable and Metis Theatre. As an actor she has worked with The Gate, National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Almeida, Deafinitely Theatre, The Faction, GridIron, Halfmoon, BBC & Film4. Anna-Maria is a passionate educator and has directed, taught and created programmes for theatre, music and visual arts institutions in the UK and the USA.
Without joy there can be no revolution.