Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015

23 April – 4 May 2015
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00, late night Wednesdays and Thursdays until 22.00

Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Day tickets £10.00, concessions £8.00
Festival Pass £17.50


Pick Me Up returns to Somerset House for its sixth year, featuring a fresh line-up of artists and designers bringing the best of new illustration, graphic design and related disciplines to inspire and delight. Vibrant, engaging and packed full of exciting things to see, do and buy, Pick Me Up 2015 will once again feature a whole host of different working processes and techniques ranging from traditional screen-printing to animation, risograph printing to paper craft.   

Both emerging and established talent will set up interactive workspaces throughout Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries for the 12 days of the festival. Each representing a different form of graphic art, the studios will offer visitors plenty of opportunities to engage with the artists and designers directly, see work being made onsite, and even create their own work. The original pieces produced throughout the festival, plus limited edition prints and accessories, will be available for purchase with prices ranging between £5 and £200.

Located at the heart of the festival in 2015 will be Pick Me Up Platform, a vibrant programme of events consisting of lots of talks and debates as well as demonstrations, DJs and games. Discussions will explore not only current work and trends but also address issues facing graphic art communities in years to come. Highlights include talks by Studio Myerscough and Graphic Thought Facility, artist Bob and Roberta Smith, Director of Curation at Vimeo, animation production company Golden Wolf, ELCAF festival, publishers Nobrow and Thames & Husdon, Occupy Design's Noel Douglas and various indie magazines each in conversation by magCulture.

Download the full schedule of events here

Pick Me Up Selects

Pick Me Up Selects 2015 features international rising stars of the graphic arts world specially selected by an industry panel. Each artist will be producing new, exclusive work to see and buy.

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Collectives, Galleries & Studios

Cutting-edge collectives, contemporary graphic art galleries and studios 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. 

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Pick Me Up Platform
Thursday 23 April - Monday 4 May
Embankment Galleries
New to the festival is a diverse programme of over 100 different talks, demonstrations and debates with top artists, designers and illustrators. All events are free and drop-in with festival entry. 

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UK Premiere: Made You Look Documentary - A Film About Creativity in the Digital Age
Friday 1 May 19.00-Late
Screening Room £12.00/£10.00, Limited Tickets Available

The premiere screening of a documentary which sets out to explore the landscape of commercial art scene in the 21st century. A rare and candid insight into the work of some of the UK’s top talent, it explores how creative people feel about the challenges and triumphs of living in a hyper digital age.

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