Collectives, Galleries
and Studios

Offering an insight into their practice and craft, a selection of Collectives, Galleries and Studios take up residence in Pick Me Up. You are invited to browse, talk to the artists and designers, watch new work being made and get involved. Read more

3rd Rail

3rd Rail is a London based screen printing studio that works with artists to produce clothing ranges and artwork editions. For Pick Me Up, they have collaborated with leading contemporary illustrators, typographers and street artists to develop a new collection of prints and screen printed garments and some exciting new releases from Hattie Stewart, Archie Proudfoot, Mr Penfold and Lynnie Zulu. Bringing part of their studio to the festival, 3rd Rail are offering visitors the chance to experiment with screen printing by delivering daily tote bag and paper printing workshops on their screen printing carousel.

Beach London and the Museum of British Folklore

For Pick Me Up, London based gallery and agency Beach are presenting Cuckoo’s Nest, a new project which sees up-and-coming artists, designers, and illustrators respond to objects from the Museum of British Folklore's collection. Illustrators including Pete Sharp, Maria Ines Gul and Rob Flowers will be creating works inspired by objects such as Morris team’s dolls and traditional May Festival offerings. These antique inspirations will also be on display, offering an insight into the unusual cultural traditions that continue across the British Isles today. Beach are also presenting a live Mayday performance bringing the purveyors of these traditional celebrations to the festival.


Brighton based gallery Best brings together artists from different disciplines, from graffiti to letterpress, wood cut and screen printing. Exploring what Utopia means to people, Best has selected an all-female group of artists to present a range of tactile graphic techniques, from sign writing by Daisy Emerson to tattooist and artist Valeria Marinaci and textile designer and printer Felicity Marshall. In addition, there will be illustrations from Claire Powell, jewellery from Silver Spur, ceramics from Louise Madzia, and rare and collectible pieces from the Best archive.

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Clay Collective

Clay Collective is a community of like-minded makers and practitioners working with clay who formed late in 2015. Based in East London, the twelve members are presenting a varied array of functional and decorative ceramic objects, including sculptures, vases, planters, bowls and lots of other unique oddities. In addition, Clay Collective are running a series of introductory workshops, from animal sculpting to pinch-pot making and coiling for those interested in trying their hand at the versatile medium of the moment.

Grey Jam

Grey Jam is a London based screen printers of custom eggshell and vinyl stickers, paper prints, zines and much more. For Pick Me Up they are displaying a wide range of contemporary graphic screen prints alongside a t-shirts, sticker packs, postcards and zines from artists including Malarko, 45RPM, Darren John, Vents 137 and Mr.Phomer. Also on offer is a drop-in interactive workshop where visitors can screen print their own fade effect eggshell or vinyl stickers to customise and a ‘guest book’ where adults and children alike can free their artistic flair on a display that grows throughout the festival.

Hato Press

Hato Press is an independent printing and publishing house based in London. Established in 2009, it supports and sustains its members’ practices and offers an affordable means of production for others. Hato specialises in developing experiences that inspire creative adventures and inquisitive thought. The studio is moving to Somerset House for the duration of Pick Me Up, selling exclusive risograph prints, stationery, ceramics and more. Hato are also holding a series of workshops in the Pick Me Up Events Space.

Made North

Made North provides a creative platform that promotes contemporary northern design and craft as well as national and international design projects. For Pick Me Up, Made North present their project North & South, a series of limited edition prints by leading designers that visualise what being from the North or South means to them. They will also launch a range of Margaret Calvert British Road Sign prints from their Anniversary project and, a new weekly podcast discussing all things design at the festival.

Peso Press

Peso Press is a multi-disciplinary print house based in East London and sister company to Sope Studio. Peso uses time-honoured print methods such as letterpress and screen printing, combined with new processes to bridge the gap between analogue and digital realms in print. For Pick Me Up, Peso are showcasing a range of posters and stationery along with an interactive print workshop to produce customised artwork for the duration of the festival. The workshop space provides a hands-on experience for you to experiment with specialist techniques and produce a unique print to take home.

We are Facility

East London bespoke framers, We are Facility will be setting up shop as Pick Me Up’s first ever resident framing providers. Offering an insight into the precise art of framing, visitors can observe the craft in progress, learn more about the trade and frame their purchases or stock up for the future. We are Facility offer mounting services and are selling a range of pre-made frames in various sizes for sale as well as providing a bespoke ordering service for frames in a range of woods and styles.

Pick Me Up
21 April — 2 May 2016

Somerset House

Visitor Information

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (last entry 17.15)

Late night Wednesdays and Thursdays until 21.00 (last entry 20.15)

Embankment Galleries


£10.00/£8.00 concessions

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

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