Anji Jackson-Main first studied fine art and film making at Sheffield Art College in the 1970’s. Since then she studied the Egyptian dance form, Raqs Sharqi, in Egypt (Musiciens du Nil) and in London (Suraya Hilal), qualifying as a teacher of Raqs Sharqi in 1995, and formed Shamaal, a company specializing in traditional dance and experimental dance theatre productions. She co-founded Salon Darbuka out of Shamaal in 2001 with a group of dancers, filmmakers and musicians, including husband Pete Jackson-Main and all four of her children.
Anji returned full-time to painting and visual arts in 2005, joining the first BA Fine Art course at Cambridge Art School, Anglia Ruskin University, to graduate with 1st Class Honours in 2008.
In October 2008 she was Co-Curator for the City Wakes ‘Syd Barrett’ project exhibited at the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge.
During 2009 and 2010 she has been involved with the Changing Spaces Project with Cambridge City Council and Love Cambridge, which negotiates the use of vacant shop windows and commercial property for local artists to use as display and exhibition space; she has curated several prominent City Centre displays under this banner.
Recently she also curated an exhibition of sculpture at The Shop, XVIII Jesus Lane, Cambridge, entitled “Inside Out”, a collaboration with students of Cambridge School of Art and Camberwell College of Art, which will also be repeated in London in the near future.