Pick Me Up returns to Somerset House

Graphic art event Pick Me Up will return to Somerset House in March with its fair and exhibition, with new features including a residency space hosted by ‘Heroes and Legends’ of the industry.

Paul X Johnson
Paul X Johnson

A portfolio surgery run by Zara Wood and a Cartoons and Comics weekend are also new this year.

In three years Pick Me Up has established itself as a one-stop destination to find some of the most innovative graphic works in the industry.

Niki Pilkington
Niki Pilkington

There has been a healthy weighting in favor of emergent artists but also a notable presence from the graphics establishment, with Rob Ryan and Anthony Burrill taking residencies in previous years.

This year Peepshow Collective will take an onsite studio residency to present The Museum of Objects of Origins which promises drawings, objects, prints and costumes ‘from an invented past’.

Riika Sormunen
Riika Sormunen

There are two galleries in residence, Nelly Duff which represents Ben Eine and The Toaster, will bring a focus on traditional printing methods, while Beach London, which represents Sister Arrow and Carl Partridge will show framed work and small press artists’ zines presented in a vintage library setting.

Riika Sormunen
Riika Sormunen

The exhibition, Pick Me Up Selects has an exclusive ‘new talent’ bent, selected by a panel including Camilla Parsons, founder of the Outline Editions gallery, and Angharad Lewis  former editor of Graphik Magazine.

Yuko Michishita
Yuko Michishita

Artists included, and published here, include Niki Pilkington, Riikka Sorumunen, Paul X Johnson and Yuko Michishita.

Yuko Michishita
Yuko Michishita

Pick me Up runs from 22 March-1 April, at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R. Admission is £8.

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