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
Pick Me Up returned to Somerset House for its sixth year, featuring a fresh line-up of artists and designers who brought 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 once again featured 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 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 offered 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, were available for purchase with prices ranging between £5 and £200.
Located at the heart of the festival was Pick Me Up Platform, a vibrant programme of events consisting of lots of talks and debates as well as demonstrations, DJs and games. Discussions explored not only current work and trends but also addressed issues facing graphic art communities in years to come. Highlights included 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 featured international rising stars of the graphic arts world specially selected by an industry panel. Each artist produced new, exclusive work to see and buy.
Cutting-edge collectives, contemporary graphic art galleries and studios each curated a customised studio space where they presented a bountiful body of new and existing work, offering visitors a chance to experience a behind-the-scenes studio atmosphere.
New to the festival were FARM:shop, Dalston's urban farming and cooking school, who served 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 was hand prepared each day using the best FARM:shop and local ingredients available.