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Four things you should see at Pick Me Up festival

Posted at 5:15 pm, April 23, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Design

Pick Me Up 2012 (c) Andy Stagg

[Photo: Andy Stagg]

Featuring an array of new designers and illustrators, the Pick Me Up graphic art extravaganza returns to Somerset House for its sixth incarnation. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the impressive selection of dynamic works on display, ranging from screenprints to animation. And not only can you see work being made on site, be part of a live-studio audience for Pick Me Up TV and get tips on how to get the attention of bloggers and publishers, you can even get your hands dirty making work and exercise your noggin at one of the many open forums and debates.

Pick Me Up Platform

For the first time, the festival has organised an exciting programme of talks, including the ‘magCulture Live’ and ‘Why I…’ (Ciara Phelan pictured) series, with editors, designers and artists divulging anecdotal stories about their creative journeys.


From digital illustrators to 3D papercraft designers, festival curators have chosen 12 emerging international graphic artists for a special display. As well as presenting new works, they’ll also talk about their practice each day at 3pm.


As in previous years, collectives, galleries and design studios will create interactive spaces to give a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, with some even letting you get involved (make a beeline for Peckham Print Studio).

Foodie fun

As well as tempting festivalgoers with Dalston-sourced produce at their pop-up café, east London urban farming and cooking school Farm:shop will be working with artists on grow-kits and seed packs to inspire the farmer in all of us.

Pick Me Up is at Somerset House, WC2R 1LA. From Thu Apr 23 until May 4. £10, £8 concs, £17.50 festival pass.

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