Nnena Kalu: To all the Kings who have no Crowns at Carl Freedman Gallery


Nnena Kalu exhibits in group exhibition at Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate

Dates: 30 January – 3 April

Location: Carl Freedman Gallery, 28 Union Crescent, Margate CT9 1NS


Nnena Kalu was part of the incredible group exhibition To all the Kings who have no Crowns at the Carl Freeman Gallery in Margate. The exhibition was curated by Jennifer Gilbert of Jennifer Lauren Gallery.

To all the Kings who have no Crowns showcased seventeen international, distinct contemporary practices, revealing a diverse collection of art forms including drawing, painting, ceramics, embroidery and found object sculptures.

Live Drawing

As part of the exhibition, Nnena was invited to create two large-scale drawings in situ in the gallery. For her large vortex style drawings, Nnena works systematically across two drawings at once. The whole process becomes immersive as Nnena responds to the rhythm, noise and physical experience of creating, which determines the shape, style and nature of each piece.

Day 1

The short film below records the first day of drawing as Nnena mapped out the initial linear structural form of the drawings.   

Day 2: Live Drawing Event 

Nnena returned to the gallery to showcase her drawing practice through a live drawing event. The public were invited to experience how the drawings expanded and the rhythmic process of Nnena’s drawing practice. The photos below document how the drawing developed over the course of the day.


Ocula Magazine: ‘In Margate, an Exhibition Amplifies the Process of Making Marks’. Read the article here.

Art UK: ‘To all the Kings who have no Crowns: representing self-taught and disabled artists’. Read the article here.

Listen to the Talk Art podcast about ActionSpace and Nnena Kalu here.

this is tomorrow review the exhibition. Read the review here.

Raw Vision: ‘Raw Reviews: Kings Without Crowns’. Download the review here.


Images: Installation image of To all the Kings who have no Crowns, photo credit: Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate.

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