Delfina Foundation

Up In Arms


Date:  Monday, 26 November 2018
Time:  Doors open: 18:30
Presentation at: 19:00
Venue:  Delfina Foundation
Tickets:  Tickets are free, but essential.
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Anna-Maria Nabirye presents a performative presentation of the work Up In Arms, followed by a shared conversation.

Up In Arms invites a Woman of Colour and a friend of their choosing to re-embody Dan Wynn's iconic 1971 photographic portrait of Dorothy Pitman-Hughes and Gloria Steinem.

The work uses ritual, photography and immersive theatre practice to open space for intimate, uncomfortable, challenging and transformative conversation led by the artists.

This event is part of Delfina Foundation's thematic programme, The Public Domain. One of the four themes that define Delfina Foundation’s integrated residency and public programme, this latest iteration of The Public Domain is subtitled Gender, Power and Place, with ideas being explored through the season’s exhibition, events and residencies. The season's public programme of events has been devised by Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler alongside their autumn exhibition at Delfina, The Scar.


Anna-Maria Nabirye's practice focuses on the identity of the Black Woman within the African Diaspora located in the west. Her work includes theatre, live performance, film and written works. She has collaborated extensively with artists Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler on Hold Your Ground, Deep State, Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us and The Scar. Anna-Maria is currently collaborating on a variety of works both for screen, stage and gallery context including Up In Arms.

As a professional actress Anna-Maria has worked across theatre and screen, including in Collateral - BBC2/Netflix, Informer - BBC1, The Keeping Room - Gilbert Films and productions with The National Theatre, Improbable Theatre, The Almeida, Redladder, Grid Iron and The Old Vic.

She is currently an Ensemble Associate Artist with The Faction and is in production at The Shakespeare’s Globe. A multifaceted creative she co-founded and runs AFRORETRO a fashion and life brand whose ethos is embedded in ethical fashion practices, cultural identity and empowerment for both the consumers and creators of fashion. They recently curated workshops at The Southbank Centre and will be showcasing at Africa On The Square and the Black Girl Festival.


Up In Arms is a collaboration between Anna-Maria Nabirye and American artist Annie Saunders. It has been developed with support from, The Showroom, British Council & Arts Council England, Mana Contemporary (New Jersey) and HELO (NYC).