Preview: Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival, London

Pick Me Up returns to Somerset House this week, filled to bursting with creative wonders waiting to be discovered.

A visual feast for the public to enjoy, Pick Me Up brings together the very best from the world of illustration and graphic design.

During its 12 day run, the festival will play home to over 100 events featuring a host of working processes and techniques  traditional screen-printing to animation, risograph printing to paper craft.

A diverse group of illustrators, graphic designer, directors, animators and photographers including Gaurab ThakaliLaura Callaghan and Zoë Taylor are getting involved this year, with each setting up their own interactive workspaces to create and inspire within.

A host of collectives, galleries and studios such as Lazy Oaf, Ohh Deer and Risotto Studio will also be taking part, each representing a different area of graphic art. Original pieces produced throughout the festival, plus limited edition prints and accessories will be available for purchase with prices ranging between £5 and £200.

Brand new for 2015, the Pick Me Up Platform will offer 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.

We’re especially looking forward to hearing from Studio Myerscough and the Director of Curation at Vimeo, ELCAF festival and Nobrow Press.

Tickets and festival passes are available to purchase online. A full programme can be found here.


Posted on Apr 19th, 15 by

Greg McIndoe - also known as Headless Greg - is an illustrator and design writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He regularly writes for design magazines and online platforms, interviewing fellow illustrators and leading creatives.

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