Pick Me Up
21 April — 2 May 2016
Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival returns for its seventh year, featuring top emerging illustrators and designers as well as more established names in graphic arts. This year Pick Me Up is part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, and focuses on the themes of community within the graphic arts.
Pick Me Up Selects showcases new work by international up and coming graphic artists and illustrators specially selected by an industry panel, and features a broad range of disciplines including illustration, animation and 3-D installations. In addition, a fresh selection of Collectives, Galleries and Studios will each create their own spaces and take up residency for the duration of the festival. At the heart of the festival will be a diverse programme of daily talks and workshops with artists, designers and illustrators. The full line-up will be announced soon.
Pick Me Up welcomes back FARM:shop as the festival’s resident café. Dalston’s urban farming and cookery school will serve up some of London’s freshest food, hand prepared every day using the best of FARM:shop and local ingredients available. For Pick Me Up, Farm:shop are working with local communities and projects to provide a cafe that embodies the idea of Utopia.
For this year’s festival, London-based agency Hato is enlisting the public in a utopian vision of its own: a collaborative alphabet made by you. Use the digital tool to create a letter and you could see it feature in Pick Me Up 2016’s visual identity, from publications and signage around Somerset House to giant icons and patterns. With chic stripes or marshmallow-like curves, slick symmetry or abstract wobbles, the final alphabet will be as diverse as Pick Me Up’s huge community. Make a letter and join the fun.
21 April — 2 May 2016
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (last entry 17.15)
Late night Wednesdays and Thursdays until 21.00 (last entry 20.15)
Early Bird Festival Pass £14.00 (offer valid until 31 March)
Full price Festival Pass £17.50
Tickets include entry into Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress
Design and built by Hato
Sound design by Nicolas Jullien