Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015
23 April – 4 May 2015
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (last entry 17.15)
Late night Wednesdays and Thursdays until 22.00 (last entry 21.15)
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Day tickets £10.00, concessions £8.00
Festival Pass £17.50
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Tickets are available on the door on the day
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 have set up interactive workspaces throughout the Embankment Galleries for the 12 days of the festival. Each representing a different form of graphic art, the studios offer visitors plenty of opportunities to engage with the artists and designers directly, see work being made onsite, and even create your own work. The original pieces produced throughout the festival, plus limited edition prints and accessories, are available for purchase with prices ranging between £5 and £200.
Located at the heart of the festival is Pick Me Up Platform, a vibrant programme of events consisting of lots of talks and debates as well as demonstrations, DJs and games. Discussions 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.
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.
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.
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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New to the festival are FARM:shop, Dalston's urban farming and cooking school, who will serve up some of London's freshest food - grown then picked at their indoor farm in Dalston and sourced from London’s best growers. Their menu of fresh salads and hearty sandwiches is hand prepared each day using the best FARM:shop and local ingredients available.