Habiba Nabisubi

Over the autumn term and spring term, Habiba Nabisubi worked with a group of children from Grange Primary School for a weekly afterschool club. They have been exploring hair and identity but the club also became a creative space for them to process emotions around news and current affairs. The project culminated in a DIY exhibition and as a farewell Habiba gifted portraits of all the children! These beautiful portraits were then installed as part of the ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: A Snapshot – a trail of exhibits around Drawing Room to coincide with the Drawing Biennial 2024.

Habiba’s recent Teacher Assembly: Drawing Race encouraged local primary school teachers to think critically about how drawing techniques, materials, tones and references provided in the classroom can better reflect the diversity of our communities. This important shift will allow all children to feel seen and have the confidence to draw themselves and each other.

Habiba Nabisubi is a British-Ugandan multimedia artist-illustrator, educator, mental health advocate based in South London. Through drawing she celebrates Black people in authentic and beautiful ways and views her artworks as an opportunity for others to learn, grow and reflect. She graduated from Camberwell College of the Arts in BA Illustration 2016; then went on to participate in Arts Council funded Pathways Into (2019-2021). Selected projects include Hair, Untold Stories, Horniman Museum, 2020; illustrated ‘Our Rights: Stories and Poems about Children’s Rights’ edited by Jake Hope.

Thank you to all involved:

Ahsen, Alice, Alina, Angel, Anissa, Augustina, Cheryl, Ibrahim, Justina, Madina, Nabila, Rayane, Rozzena, Sana, Stephen, Solihom, Yusra: Afterschool Club Children, Grange Primary School

Betsy Dadd, Learning Curator, Drawing Room

Habiba Nabisubi, Artist

Genevieve Miller, Learning Coordinator, Drawing Room

Inemi Ese, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room

Jesse Ajilore, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room

Solomon Williams, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room

Will Nicholls, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room