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Artist, Curator

Amahra Spence


Amahra Spence is a community and cultural strategist, systems designer, artist, curator, founding director of MAIA and organiser of Land Black.

MAIA is an organisation engaging culture as strategy to envision and rehearse a world towards liberation. They work to build liberatory capacity for worldbuilding, where artists are resourced and mobilised in their communities to reimagine its possibilities. MAIA creates work, rooted in Black imagination, regenerative economics and more-than-human accountabilities.

Land Black (formerly The Black Land and Spatial Justice Project) is a spatial practice and speculative design studio that prototypes projects at the intersection of land and racial justice, while investing in Black visionaries developing emergent spatial work.

A prominent speaker and practitioner, Amahra has been invited to work with a range of organisations across the world, including British Council, University of Florida and the Government of Indonesia. She has held advisory or consultancy engagements with a range of organisations, including Mission44, Creative Industries Federation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Birmingham Museums Trust. She has lectured and spoken at a range of institutions including Birmingham City University, Goldsmiths, TEDxBrum, WCCE and frank Florida.

In her work, Amahra mainly focuses on conditions and prototypes for life-affirming infrastructures; specifically, how transformation is practiced through systems, strategy, governance and space-making.

Projects include ‘ABUELOS’, ‘Architectures of Abolition’, ‘YARD’ and ‘The Black Land and Spatial Justice Fund’.


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