Collectives and Galleries

Pick Me Up 2012 invited the most innovative graphic art collectives, galleries and organisations to design site-specific spaces to exhibit, make and sell artworks, offering visitors a chance to experience a behind-the-scenes studio atmosphere. Find out about the 2012 collectives and galleries below.

Collectives and Galleries
© Nelly Duff
Nelly Duff

For 2012, a pop-up graphic zoo was let loose at Pick Me Up, unleashing a beast of a display upon the unsuspecting public. Unusual depictions of monkeys, gorillas, zebras and miniature giraffes from the best artists of the Tattoo, Street Art and Illustration world including Jessica Albarn, sister to Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, and Nelly regular Gaia were on display. The kings and queens of the Nelly Duff jungle were rendering the great and the good on two, four, and many more legs, in the form of the finest traditionally hand-made, originals and limited-edition prints.

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Soho Warriors Footballs Club

Founded by illustrators Chris and Matthew Dent, The SWFC consists of some of the UK’s most exciting and experienced creatives. They have brought together around 20 individuals, playing football and working together to create exciting football-inspired projects. The team consists of artists/illustrators, designers, photographers, web designers, and filmmakers with the aim to fuse their love of football with their creative backgrounds. For Pick Me Up 2012, Soho Warriors worked with and exhibited work from an incredible roster of talent. 

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People of Print

People of Print was established in May 2008 by Marcroy Smith. It was originally created as a library of printmakers and designers with the sole purpose to share and inspire. For Pick Me Up 2012, People of Print provided a series of hands-on print workshops over their 11 days at the fair. Demonstrating various methods of printmaking: linocut, screen print, woodblock and transfer printing, so visitors could participate in creating their own limited edition print or by hand screen printing a t-shirt from a selection of designs.

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Landfill Editions

Landfill Editions launched a new collection of prints and objects based on a 1971 design by legendary artist Eduardo Paolozzi. The artwork acted as a starting point for a collection of new works by contemporary artists whose approach resonates with Paolozzi's. The range included bespoke printed plates, glassware, prints, books and ceramics all centred on a sculptural centrepiece and the original print itself.

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YCN

YCN is a collaborative creative company marrying a multi-disciplinary team with an ever growing talent network. Their international roster of illustrators work on commissions for clients big and small, from all corners of the world. In their Shop & Library at 72 Rivington Street in London they show and sell exclusive artist collaborations, books, prints and other lovingly produced collectables. YCN relocated their shop for Pick Me Up 2012, proudly presenting some of the freshest illustration talent in the world for visitors to take home.

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A Two Pipe Problem

Established in 2009, A Two Pipe Problem Letterpress has fast gained a reputation for designing and printing beautiful and exquisite work. For Pick Me Up 2012, Stephen moved part of his studio from Walthamstow, East London (a 1930s proofing press and part of his wood type collection) to Somerset House. Visitors could buy prints and cards, talk to Stephen about his work and the history of letterpress or have a go at printing one of his designs on the proofing press and take home the result. 

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Beach London

Beach London is an Art Gallery in Shoreditch, a hybrid gallery and bookshop dedicated to the best of the graphic arts and home to a revolving series of exhibitions and events. For Pick Me Up 2012 Beach presented a small-press library, with a focus on five of the most inspirational international small-press publishers; NoBrow, Museums Press, Lubok, Nieves and Seems.

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Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools is a graphic art gallery based in the Netherlands. They describe it as “a place to find art that makes you smile, art that has a nice set of balls, is straight forward and honest”. Ship of Fools featured Julian SirreJordy van den Nieuwendijk and Trapped in Suburbia

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Cachetejack

Cachetejack are a Spanish Illustration duo, Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul from Valencia. At Pick Me Up 2012 they presented their body of illustration work and sold prints, postcards, books and zines exclusively at the fair. They also ran a series of workshops based around collage, mask making, exquisite corpse and even key rings.

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Scrumping with Puck Studio

Puck Studio is a creative studio based in East London formed by illustrators David Gibbons and Robbie Wilkinson (Babycrow and Robbie's Brown Shoes). They focus on illustration, print making, vinyl displays and installations. For Pick Me Up 2012, they brought together an eclectic and exciting range of creative talents working in the South West of the UK; from established greats to emerging students, Scrumping is a celebration of what the South West illustration scene has to offer.

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Print Club London

Print Club London’s space was a journey through the print process, from the designers hand to the ink on the table all the way through to our gallery space. They relocated their design studios alongside the Print Club studios so visitors could walk through each stage of design with our resident artists. Visitors were able to discuss the projects and even pull their own print. Four new prints by the resident artists were produced each day at the fair. Designers included Arran Gregory, Deer Wolf Wolf, Margot Bowman, Rose Stallard, Tal Drori and Mr Gresty.

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SOMA

Bristol based Soma was established in 2004 as one of the first galleries to promote contemporary illustration and graphic design in a gallery setting. They specialise in limited edition prints by illustrators, printmakers and graphic designers. For Pick Me Up 2012, they showed the work of Andy Smith, Crispin Finn, Tom Frost, Peskimo and Gemma Correll. The artists produced new prints for the show, a programme of events also took place in their space.

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Many Hands
Many Hands

Many Hands is an exciting new online store, offering an eclectic range of prints and gifts created by a select group of leading illustrators and artists. Many Hands connects you with established and up-and-coming artists, some you might already know, and others you’ll grow to love. Their work is diverse and distinct, with a common theme of fun, witty and dynamic visual aesthetics. 

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