Amahra Spence

Amahra Spence

Artist, organiser, designer for social justice movements and spatial practitioner

In 2013 Amahra Spence (she/her) established MAIA, an artist-led social justice organisation exploring the relationship between imagination and liberation, through developing cultural programmes, resources, and spaces to practice alternative paradigms.

In 2020, MAIA created YARD, a community hub and residency space in Birmingham and are currently raising capital to establish a hotel, ABUELOS, which will redistribute the cultural sector’s hospitality spend into creative social infrastructure that meets the artistic, spiritual and material needs of local people.

Outside of MAIA, Amahra is also the organiser of The Black Land + Spatial Justice Project (2020 - present), which amplifies and invests in the wisdoms, creations and possibilities from Black imaginations for land and spatial justice. She is currently developing her most recent work, Architectures of Abolition, a design and research project for transformative justice infrastructure, advocating for the ending of prisons and policing.