Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Coming to the neo-classical surroundings of London’s Somerset House in April is Pick Me Up, a new contemporary graphic art fair

Peepshow Collective will be at Pick Me Up. Work by Luke Best, above

Coming to the neo-classical surroundings of London’s Somerset House in April is Pick Me Up, a new contemporary graphic art fair… 

In addition to the fair, Pick Me Up looks to have a range of interesting extras lined up:

Rob Ryan, he of the delicately cut-out works on paper, will be bringing his studio and printing press along, so that visitors can watch his entire working process unfold (sorry). Anthony Burrill will be among the guests invited by Ryan to make work, which will then be available to buy.

Print Club London will also be running a screenprinting workshop, featuring guest designers, and It’s Nice That are programming a series of films.

Detail from Rob Ryan’s new Valentines project (see it in full, here)

As well as a great looking exhibition of work from people like Alex Trochut, HelloVon, Mr Bingo and Rosie Irvine (who are each creating a limited edition print for the event), PMU will of course be hosting a number of stalls manned by various collectives and galleries.

Nobrow’s first foray into making toys – a collaboration with Ben Newman

Setting up shop at Somerset House will be Concrete Hermit, Le Gun, Nobrow and Peepshow, each offering up prints, drawings, books, T Shirts and all manner of printed ephemera.

Pick Me Up
April 23 – May 3
Embankment Galleries, South Wing,
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
£5 (concessions £4)
Open daily 10.00 – 19.00

More at somersethouse.org.uk.

  • bored and jealous!

    yawn yawn..

    even the artists must be bored of seeing each others work at another opening night together…

    the curators didn’t look to hard did they!!

    its always the same old names isn’t it?

    ps.. yes i am jealous of all the attention they get !!

  • Mark Sinclair

    Here’s the full list of people from the Somerset House site. Any more interest there? Alex Trochut, Andy Gilmore, Charlie Duck, Edvard Scott, HelloVon, James Joyce, Jess Wilson, Jesse Auersalo, Job Wouters, Julien Vallé, Mathis Rekowski, Melvin Galapon, Mr Bingo, Natsko Seki, Patrick Gildersleeves, Paula Castro, Pierre Nguyen, Richard Sarson, Rosie Irvin, Siggi Eggertsson and Landfill Editions (in the collectives list)

  • “a collaboration with the Dicephaly Brothers”? I think you mean “a collaboration with Ben Newman” …

  • Mark Sinclair

    Oops – sorry! Thanks for that, I’ll correct it

  • You can add Nous Vous to the list now!

  • jan

    hmm…nothing with much of a cutting edge there – it does seem a bit yawn! cutesy, commercial, safe and twee – little birds and quirky cupcakes hand drawn doodley images – im just thinking about jamie reid, barney bubbles,,,and the passing of malcolm mclaren – their graphics/ethos seems much more exciting to me – but maybe i’m wrong… i hope so!

  • Ruby

    There were some bloody amazing little abstract wooden dolls for sale on the first floor, just next to the bar and past the big white bum cheeks… who made them and where on earth can I buy them?!

  • just thinking about jamie reid, barney bubbles and the passing of malcolm mclaren

  • Great post! jotta attended Pick Me Up on March 22 – see how it went:


  • The exhibition showcased the best new work from across the UK and around the world with original works and prints offered for sale at very low cost. I think these kinds of events and workshops will be to unleash your inner artist, so you can make the transition from browsing to creating.