Collectives & Galleries

24 April – 5 May 2014
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00, late night Thursdays and Fridays until 22.00

Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Day tickets £10, concessions £8
Festival Pass £17.50

Tickets are available to purchase on the day from the admissions desk

Cutting-edge collectives and contemporary graphic art galleries will each curate a customised studio space  where they will present a bountiful body of new and existing work, offering visitors a chance to experience a behind-the-scenes studio atmosphere. Find out about the 2014 collectives and galleries below.

This Year's Collectives & Galleries
Animaux Circus

The first vocation of Animaux Circus studio is to brighten up grey spaces forgotten by colour, and invade the world with brushes and paint. Based in East London, this trio of designers specialise in creating large-scale illustration, hand-lettering, sign-making and mural painting. Browse through a collection of limited edition artwork, crafted wooden items and hand-printed textiles. Take part to their daily workshops alongside special guests, hand-paint your own piece of wooden signage and immerse yourself into the wild world of modern sign-painting, contemporary illustration and storytelling with their folktale-based interactive mural. 



The Artomatic presents an exciting one-on-one experience with an illustrator resulting in an original artwork to take home. The concept is a twist on the basic passport photo-booth which you might normally find in a train station. At first glance the Aromatic may look like an average photo-booth, but closer inspection reveals that instead of photos you will receive an individual portrait created by a top-secret guest illustrator.


Beach London

Gallery, bookshop and agency Beach London work with some of the world's leading illustrators and designers to develop their practice and support them through print editions and publications. 



Best at Pick Me Up 2014 presents the Best Home. Showcasing work from artists experimenting in new mediums, example products available to buy will include an Antony Burrill ceramic, a James Marshall (Dalek) rug, teatowels, candles, screenprints, letterpress, chairs upholstered in an exclusive Danny Sangra fabric, and even an Alex Binnie woodblock table you can print off of and take away. 


Brothers of the Stripe

Brothers of the Stripe (BOTS) are a collection of illustrators, graphic designers and image makers from all corners of the UK. With many major cities represented, we are able to support each other in presenting our collective works to the various regions. The collective also offers us a soundboard through which to gain brotherly support, collaborative projects and a shoulder to cry inky tears.  The BOTS are made of all an all-male team of movers and shakers, all picked for their devotion to their style and craft. 


Codswallop Collective

Purveyors of nonsense, Codswallop Collective are bringing a seaside slant to this year’s festival with their Seaside Chippy. As well as launching their first Zine, on the menu will be fishy cards, prints, books and plenty of other seaside fun.


Comms Bureau presents PMU Radio

Celebrating the connections between contemporary graphic art and music, Comms Bureau will be broadcasting live from Pick Me Up every day for the duration of the festival. The station will feature a curated selection of some of the best visual artists practicing today who also have a side-line in music or audio projects. The broadcast will include a fantastic line-up of DJ slots and live acts, as well as special days of curated content, talks and workshops.
Click here for the daily schedule


Handsome Frank

Handsome Frank returns with a giddy selection of printed illustration that will brighten even the dullest of walls. Their illustrators will be putting on live sessions where you can get involved and learn their techniques, including watercolour, paper-craft and typography. They are very friendly – so do come and say hello. 


Hero of Switzerland

Having finally recovered from their hangovers from the Hero of Switzerland pub last year, the heavenly seven-strong collective are back and donning their redcoats, putting the kettle on and having a sneaky fag behind their GREAT BRITISH EMPORIUM. Expect a (bangers and) mash of all things marvellous, spiffing and toodle pip-torious, with entertainment in the form of an all-female Morris dancing troupe, Punch and Judy, gurning, knobbly knees – and some pretty sweet art too. 


The Illustrated Game

The Illustrated Game, (T.I.G.), is a creative football website based in North London, which provides a platform for football based illustrators. The group are known for their amusing drawings and articles, weekly podcast, football songs and comedy events.  For Pick Me Up, T.I.G will be recreating the traditional football ground programme hut and running the website from within. There will be a handmade Subbuteo table, an exploration of the history of the football badge, new and amusing prints and books, as well as lots more to get you in the mood for this year's World Cup.



Letterproeftuin is a traveling open-source design studio; a neo-craft workshop that focuses in on the creative process and exhibits the results. It is an invitation for designers to get their hands dirty in order to inspire, discuss and share knowledge. Based on a passion for printmaking they combine notions of craftsmanship and technology with inspiration, collaboration and fun. Letterproeftuin will be coming over from Rotterdam and Eindhoven to present their project, The Smallest Printing Company.



Olio are a group of eight illustrators and imagemakers working independently and collectively in South London. Their work spans both two- and three-dimensional media, with a particular emphasis on process and play. For Pick Me Up, Olio presents BUILD, an open building site consisting of an evolving interactive workshop area and shop. Taking on the roles of construction engineers and designers, the group invite visitors to explore notions of learning and making. Construction-related items for sale will include prints, fabric toys, and textile pieces and more. Come and build!


Outline Artists

A sister company to the now well-established Outline Editions, Outline Artists is an illustration agency and consultancy, promoting and representing a small but diverse and super-talented roster of international imagemaking and design talent. The London-based agency will present a jungle-themed showcase of limited edition prints, original artwork, 3D pieces and wall murals specially created for the festival. Expect to get lost amongst magical forest landscapes by Hvass&Hannibal and extravagant jungle flora and fauna collages by Kristjana S Williams.


Puck Collective

This year Puck Means War! Forget Ares and Tyr, Puck will bring you their own gods of war and bring the battle to you, in an event unlike anything Pick Me Up has seen before. With exclusive prints, zines and clothing on sale to fund the war effort, Puck will also deliver daily drawing clubs bringing in new recruits and foot soldiers to take up arms. Draw the cards, sculpt the playing pieces and map out the battle field in preparation for the biggest event Puck have ever produced: Andy War-Wall! A one day event on Friday 2 May that brings this game to its bloody climax


Skull Paradise

Skull Paradise are brought together by a shared love of music, schlock and weirdos. For Pick Me Up 2014 they will create an enclave of psychedelic horror – Skull Paradise’s BAD TRIP. Expect questionable objects in jars, spine-tingling posters, leather jacket and mask painting, and of course all manner of prints, badges, patches and other creepy ephemera.


SORT Design

SORT are letterpress printers and purveyors of typographic design. Based in London and Bognor Regis, they will be lugging in their extensive collection of vintage presses and type which are used to produce all their work by hand. For the festival they will also be collaborating with illustrator and printmaker Catherine McGinniss, who is also from the south coast of England. Her influences and inspiration range from pattern design to architecture and folktales and old stories.


© Steven Wilson

Unlimited is an independent Brighton-based shop, gallery and creative studio founded by designers Sara and Patrick Morrissey. Having started life three years ago as a weekly pop-up shop, Unlimited recently opened their permanent space, and continue to showcase an exciting selection of concept-led and innovative work by a unique collective of like-minded contemporary creatives.


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