Here’s what went down at Slawns’ FLANNELS X takeover last night

Here’s what went down at Slawns’ FLANNELS X takeover last night

by Robyn Pullen
3 min

Nigerian-born, London-based artist Slawn took over ‘The Art Kiosk’ last night for an event that was bigger than his biggest commission. Basically it was f***ing big. Despite the fact that he only started creating art in the pandemic a few years ago, Slawn aka Olaolu Slawn is one of the most-watched artists on the scene right now.

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Last night, he hit up Oxford Street to take over ‘The Art Kiosk’, presented by luxury retailer FLANNELS. Slawn’s own vibe was used to curate the space, with iconic pieces of art in his easily recognisable graffiti style covering the walls and music from Jordss bouncing off them. 

Given that Slawn basically knows everyone, from Central Cee and Dave (you probably saw his son on stage with the pair at Glastonbury this year) to Clint419 of Corteiz, his event with FLANNELS was attended by a horde of familiar faces.

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He also invited a number of his friends to showcase their own work at the event last night too, including: Lagos-born Soldier Boyfriend who’s known for his art’s use of camo; artist and Creative Director of Motherlan (Slawn’s clothing brand) Onyedi; fine artist Teoni, a romantic creator who uses finer materials; and Cato, who’s art takes on a more “cinematic” vibe.

The event as a whole highlighted FLANNELS’ creative scheme announced in March this year called “Youth-Phoria”, an effort to showcase the talent of the next-generation of artists, musicians, and creatives.

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Showcasing Slawn among a variety of other young artists is exactly what FLANNELS’ “Youth-Phoria” is about; it’s a stage for the next-generation of shakers, hustlers, and creators looking to take on the arts and make their mark.

Slawn’s installation at FLANNELS’ Oxford Street store is staying open for two weeks so make sure to hit it up and get inspired by some quality art. Then head to his newly opened coffee shop, Beau Beau, after to discuss your thoughts over croissants.

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