Pick Me Up returns for 2014

While London’s Somerset House is currently teeming with sartorial opulence and oddities, in April it houses the equally beautiful Pick Me Up exhibition of graphic art.

2014 Pick Me Up identity by Studio EMMI and Chrissie Macdonald

Source: © Studio EMMI and Chrissie Macdonald

2014 Pick Me Up identity by Studio EMMI and Chrissie Macdonald

And fittingly, this year’s event has something of a fashion focus, featuring a number of one-off events from fashion illustrators Daisy de Villeneuve, Jason Brooks and Jo Ratcliffe. The work of de Villeneuve has been picked up by likes of Topshop and Vogue; while Ratcliffe’s impressive client list includes Louis Vuitton, Chloé and Kenzo.

Melons on my Mind

Source: © Lynnie Zulu

Melons on my Mind

Those more into pooches than Prada will be pleased to see the inclusion of Gemma Correll – famed for her animal images (namely the familiar ‘Pugs Not Drugs’ cartoon) on the line-up. Alongside artist Jessica Das, Correll will be leading a workshop on 27 April outlining how to approach drawing cats and other critters.

Woolly Bear

Source: © Julia Pott

Woolly Bear

We’re also rather excited about the prospect of The Tiger Who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr’s appearance as guest of honour at the Children’s Choice Weekend, taking place on 3 and 4 May, where family-friendly events will include a talk about her literacy legacy with her art director Ian Craig.

Bat Macumba

Source: © Edward Carvalho

Bat Macumba

The identity for this year’s Pick Me Up has been designed by Studio EMMI & Chrissie Macdonald, who also designed last year’s pencil-led look for the show.

The 2014 edition of Pick ME Up, now in its fifth year, will see the debut of Comms Bureau’s Pick Me Up Radio, steaming music from invited DJs alongside  interview features.

Among the galleries and collectives taking place are Shoreditch’s Beach London gallery; Unlimited, a Brighton-based independent shop, gallery and studio; Handsome Frank and Outline Artists, who will be showing work from artists including  Rob Bailey, Kate Moross and James Joyce.

Never ones to shy away from the surreal, Puck Collective (which hosted their very own tattoo parlour at last year’s Pick Me Up will be theming their space around the idea of war, creating the Andy War Wall interactive war game on 2 May.

Pick Me Up runs from 24 April – 5 May at Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R. For more information visit www.somersethouse.org.uk

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