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@pickmeuplondon #GraphicArts Festival hits @SomersetHouse

February 23, 2016


Embankment Galleries, Somerset House

21 April 2 May 2016

Open daily 10am-6pm, late night Wednesdays & Thursdays until 9pm

Entry £10, concessions £8, festival pass £17.50 / early bird festival pass £14

The UK’s first ever graphic arts festival, Pick Me Up, will return to its annual home at Somerset House from 21 April 2 May 2016.

All forms of graphic art, including illustration, animation, 3-D installations and more, will be showcased at the festival by top emerging artists as well as more established industry names. Visitors will be able to meet the artists, designers and illustrators plus create their own work at hands-on workshops and events that run throughout the 12-day festival. The public can also purchase limited edition prints and artworks at affordable prices starting at £5, often freshly made onsite by the artists and designers themselves.

Pick Me Up 2016 PR LONG LEAD Selects, Alan Kiching.jpg

New for 2016, Pick Me Up will host a retrospective exhibition of work by Alan Kitching. With free entry included in the ticket to Pick Me Up, Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress will feature over 100 prints, charting his career from apprentice to world renowned designer. Alan will also bring part of his studio to the festival, offering the visitors the chance to see his letterpress in action. A book of the same name featuring 400 Alan Kitching prints will be available at the Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House.

Alan Kitching, Somerset House, Letterpress

This year Pick Me Up is part of Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, Somerset House celebration of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s seminal work Utopia. The festival will focus on the utopian theme of community within the graphic arts by encouraging cooperation and interaction on all levels, from daily talks and workshops for artists and visitors alike to encouraging new collaborations especially for Pick Me Up.

As part of this year’s focus on community, the public will have an unprecedented input into the visual identity for Pick Me Up 2016. Somerset House has worked with London-based agency Hato to create a bespoke digital tool where members of the public can each create a letter that could feature in Pick Me Up identity that runs throughout the festival and Somerset House.

Pick Me Up 2016 Events

On each day of the festival there will be an eclectic schedule of events, activities, and special guests leading talks and workshops, all with free entry.

For press enquiries: Francesca Hughes, Press Officer at Somerset House: / 0207 845 4624

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