Nnena Kalu at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition 2021

Nnena Kalu was invited to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibiton 2021


22 September 2021 – 2 January 2022
Summer Exhibition 2021 at Royal Academy of Arts

ActionSpace artist Nnena Kalu was  invited by the Summer Exhibition co-ordinator, Yinka Shonibare, to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition 2021. Nnena created an exciting new series of sculptures specifically for the exhibition, binding colour and layering materials to create raw and intense forms that echo Nnena’s passion and drive to create.

The 2021 Summer Exhibition explored the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’ to celebrate the joy of creating art. Shonibare said “This exhibition seeks a return to the visceral aspects and the sheer joy of art making. It will celebrate the transformative powers of the magical in art and transcend the Western canon which formed the foundations of the Royal Academy, seeking to restore value to marginalised practices as equally valid forms of enlightenment.”

Find out more about the other ActionSpace artists who exhibited in the show


Art historian and founder of @ablackhistoryofart, Alayo AkinkugbeFive selects Nnena Kalus sculptures in her top ‘Works to know in the 2021 Summer Exhibition’. Read here.


Image: Nnena Kalu’s installation at the Summer Exhibition 2021 at the Royal Academy of Art. Photo: Royal Academy of Art, London, David Parry.

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