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 debates, presentations and demonstrations. Discussions will explore not only current work and trends but also address issues facing graphic art communities in years to come. A particular highlight for 2015 will be the UK premiere of thought-provoking documentary Made You Look. The much-anticipated film provides a rare and candid insight into some of the UK’s top creative talent at work and at play in a hyper-digital age. It reveals how the climate for graphic arts has changed and developed over the last 15 years, particularly since 2010, the year which saw Pick Me Up’s first edition. As well as hosting the premiere, outtakes from the documentary will also be shown daily in Pick Me Up Platform. 

As well as hosting the premiere, shorts from the documentary called Made You Look Daily Editions will also be shown daily in Pick Me Up Platform.

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 24 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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