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Exploring Radical Black Joy: 
Film Screening and Dialogue

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When: Thursday 18th July 2024

Times: 7-9pm

Where: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Bohemia Road, TN34 1ET

Free, booking essential

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Join us for a screening of 'BLACK JOY MATTERS', a film by Anna Maria Nabirye, artist and co-founder of creative community dreaming space, Afri-Co-Lab.


Commissioned by Hastings Museum and Art Gallery in 2020, this impactful film serves as a response to the global Black Lives Matter movement, as well as local activism in Hastings and St Leonards.

Following the screening, Lisa Anderson, founder of Black British Art and director of the heritage centre Black Cultural Archives, will lead a conversation with Anna-Maria, exploring radical Black Joy and its impact on individuals and communities.

We welcome the audience to actively participate by sharing their questions and thoughts during the Q&A session. Don't miss this opportunity to engage in an insightful discussion.

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Anna Maria Nabirye is a multi-disciplinary artist initiating projects across visual arts, theatre, screen and social practice. She has worked extensively as an actor from The National Theatre to Film4.  Nabirye’s recent commissions include Up In Arms in collaboration with Annie Saunders for De La Warr Pavilion (2023), She is currently working on a new iteration of The Funnest Room In The House with Artsadmin (2025). She was awarded a Jerwood Artist on attachment in 2021 to The Whitstable Biennale which ended in a commission of an audio work The Funnest Room In The House Afterword (2022).


Anna Maria is currently co-directing community show The Hero’s Journey commissioned by Home Live Art for Afri-Co-Lab and developing dance show A’N’D with movement director and choreographer Darragh O’Leary, supported by South East Dance. 

About Anna Maria Nabirye

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Anderson is a prominent leader in the culture and heritage sector, driven by a deep passion for visual arts and dance. With an academic background in human rights, she strategically employs culture to champion social justice and racial equity.


Since 2021, she has held the role of Managing Director at the Black Cultural Archives, a pivotal national institution preserving and championing Black British history. As an independent curator and consultant, she tirelessly advocates for African Diaspora art, especially in the UK. Her recent projects include curating the acclaimed Soulscapes exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and she founded @blackbritishart in 2016 to elevate the visibility of Black British artists.


In 2019, Lisa launched her art advisory service, further cementing her influence in the sector. Her contributions to cultural discourse at Bristol and Goldsmiths universities have enriched academic dialogue, while she continues to offer her expertise on the advisory boards of Addis Fine Art and Uchenna Dance.

About Lisa Anderson

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