When: 24th April – 5th May 2014, open 10am – 6pm daily. Late night openings on Thursdays and Fridays until 10pm.
Where: Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
£: Single entry costs £10, concessions £8 and a festival pass £17.50. Entry price with admission to Judith Kerr ‘In Conversation’ is £15 single and £22.50 unlimited festival entry (early booking is advisable). There may be an additional charge for the use of materials at some events.
What is it?
Now in its fifth year, Pick Me Up showcases contemporary graphic art in all its glorious forms. Pick Me Up is a fun and informal festival, showcasing and selling affordable work from the great and good of the graphic arts world. A daily programme of lively and eclectic events runs throughout the festival.
The Children’s Choice Weekend (3rd – 4th May) will have an incredible line-up of guests, including Rastamouse creators Michael de Souza and Genevieve Webster. They will start the weekend by leading children’s drawing workshops and a reading on 3rd May. Judith Kerr will be the guest of honour on 4th May, hosting an ‘in conversation’ event with her art director, Ian Craig. Kerr’s name will be familiar to families for the acclaimed Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea. There will also be tiger tea-parties for families and the young at heart running throughout the day.
A special events programme has been curated to celebrate illustrators at the forefront of a new wave of fashion imagery; hosting one-off events with a sartorial slant throughout the festival. To open proceedings on 24th April, art director and animator Jo Ratcliffe, who drew and directed the animation in Lady Gaga’s Applause video, will lead an interactive day of activities. A giant zoetrope Ratcliffe has designed specially for Pick Me Up will be unveiled. In this cylinder construction festivalgoers can stand inside and view a sequence of Ratcliffe’s images in rapid succession, giving the illusion of motion.
Fashion artist and author Jason Brooks, who designed the identity for record label Hed Kandi, will be running a day of workshops on 3rd May. On 27 April cartoonist Gemma Correll will be running a day inspired by her celebrated portrayals of animals; particularly her Pugs not Drugs portfolio. She will be joined by Pick Me Up Select artist Jessica Das who will lead a workshop on how to draw cute and cheeky cats.
DJs and bands will be playing on a selected number of late night events from 6pm – 10pm. On 25th April, The Coward, led by Nico Jullien, will play with graphics provided by his brother, French observational artist Jean Jullien. As a belated celebration of Record Store Day, there will be record sleeve design workshops running in collaboration with Pick Me Up’s very own radio station.
Graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill, best known for his typographic compositions, will be leading a sticker themed drop-in workshop on 25th April. On the final day of the festival author and typographer, Paul Felton, will lead a day of typographic soul cleansing. Attendees can enter a confession booth and add their typographic guilty pleasures to the walls. On 1st May Camberwell Press presents the ‘Let’s Get Quizzical’ late night event; a premier pub quiz for creative minds.
The Puck Collective, a group of illustration collectives, will be building an arsenal of weaponry in card form throughout the festival, in preparation for Andy War Wall on 2nd May. A unique interactive gaming event of Puck Trumps in which festivalgoers can enter any of the six battle booths every half an hour following an air raid siren. Contestants will pick cards after rolling a giant dice and once all the battle cards are revealed a winner will be announced who will progress to the next round. The winning team will receive a special trophy and crown. An illustrator from Puck will be documenting the battle so that by the end they will have produced a modern tapestry telling the epic story of the battle. In between the league games the public are invited to draw their own top trumps.
More info: www.somersethouse.org.uk