Head to Somerset House this March for some real treats worth staring at – “Pick Me Up”, UK’s first annual contemporary graphic art fair and festival, returns with a bang and their biggest edition to date.
A celebration graphic arts in all its forms, the fair showcases the very best of illustrators, graphic novelists, cartoonists and graphic designers the country has to offer. Some of the most outstanding graphic artists, collectives and galleries have been invited to create unique spaces and installations. The fair offers an opportunity to meet the artists, watch them work and get involved with a variety of workshops for kids and adults alike. Pop into the portrait booth of Guardian regular Modern Toss, the workshop of NoBrow and SelfMadeHero or make something fun at the Paper Toy Workshop with Creative Review magazine. London collective Peepshow will be a having their “Pick Me Up” debut with their Museum of Objects and Origins, while the “Pick Me Up Selects” program will bring an exhibition of 20 specially selected international rising stars of the graphic arts world including Riikka Sormunen, Mimi Leung and Zim and Zou. Each will be producing new, exclusive work to see and buy.
Lineup highlights include the legendary graphic artist George Hardie, who was responsible for many cult 60s and 70s album covers such as Led Zepplin’s debut and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon. Other guests will include Mr Bingo, character designer James Jarvis, children’s book illustrators Bruce Ingman and Marion Deuchars, who will run her Art Factory workshop for families at the fair.
Watch out for the East London based gallery Nelly Duff’s pop-up zoo of animal characters made from a jungle of newly commissioned prints and independent publishing champions Beach London’s selection of prints and range of limited edition and small-press artists’ books and zines displayed in a vintage library setting. There will be international contributions from Netherlands gallery Ship of Fools and Spanish duo Cachetejack, as well as a special focus on talent from the South West of England from SOMA gallery and Scrumping with Puck Studio.
“Pick Me Up”
22 March – 1 April 2012
Somerset House, Embankment Galleries, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Find out more about the lineup and tickets here.
(Images: Aida, “Zevra – silver & pink”; Spencer Wilson, “Strongman”; Jason Brooks “Lipstick”)