Monster-making, confessing your typographic sins, illustrating for Vogue and designing record sleeves… Pick Me Up festival returns to Somerset House in London this week for a fifth year, showcasing graphic art in all its forms, alongside a series of talks, workshops and other events. Plus CR has ten different exclusive PMU t-shirts to give away.
The festival aims to be the antithesis of a traditional art fair, and encourages people of all ages and interests to get involved. The eclectic events programme includes a variety of workshops, screenings, talks and late-night goings-on, plus digital events, social media hijacks and Pick Me Up Radio, with interviews, DJs and take-over sessions, streaming live and available remotely.
Original, affordable work will be on show from rising talent selected by an industry panel, at Somerset House‘s Embankment Galleries, alongside pieces from established artists, and customised studio spaces curated by design collectives and graphic art galleries, exhibiting work with a behind-the-scenes vibe.
This week, several events have a fashion focus, including Jo Ratcliffe, who drew and directed Lady Gaga’s Applause video, unveiling a giant zoetrope on Thursday, for festival-goers to stand inside; and from Topshop to Vogue to Pick Me Up, Daisy de Villeneuve hosts a felt-tipped day of fashion illustration on Saturday.
On Thursday night the new musical project from the Julien Brothers, The Coward, play in the events space, led by Nico dressed as a fish alien, with graphics from his illustrator bro Jean. Check out Anthony Burrill‘s Cut and Paste sticker workshop, and Rob Flowers and Makerversity monster-making marathon on Friday, and join Secret 7″ for a record sleeve design workshop on Saturday. Plus production company Blinkink showcase animation techniques and panel discussions across the opening weekend.
Later in the festival the Children’s Choice Weekend (3-4 May) sees guest of honour, author and illustrator Judith Kerr in conversation with her art director Ian Craig, with tiger tea parties and an animal character workshop based on her bestseller The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Plus Paul Felton and friends host Confessions of a Typographer, inviting you to enter the confession booth and add your guilty font pleasures to the walls (5 May), plus a series of typographic sermons.
This year, 10 artists have collaborated with DC shoes to create t-shirts exclusively designed for Pick Me Up 2014 (available at the festival for £25, with a free poster for the first 500 sales). CR have all ten designs available to give away to ten lucky people, courtesy of Pick Me Up.
To get your hands on one, all you have to do is tell us why YOU deserve to win in ten words or less. As usual, points for creativity. Leave your answer, name and email address in the comments below, and we will pick and announce the winners later this week. Deadline for entries is midnight tomorrow.
This competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!
And the winners are…
Fi (we hope you find your t-shit too sexy for you)
Helen (she was just so drawn to them all)
Alex Vissaridis (so your tiny rescued owls can be cared for in style)
Emily K (we agree, good design does matter and should be worn with pride)
Caroline M (she likes to tees us)
James (a lucky t-shirt for your thesis critique)
Tony (to pick him up)
Frankie (becuase Frankie says so)
PAung (to unleash the walking, talking, interactive billboard)
James (it did sound fabricated but we always love a pun)
(Images from Pick Me Up 2013. Photos by Kevin Meredith)
Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival 2014 at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 5 May, open 10am-6pm, and until 10pm on Thu and Fri. Day tickets £10, concessions £8, or get a Festival Pass for £17.50. Majority of events are included in the ticket price, but some events require advance booking. For more details, visit www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/pick-me-up-2014. Twitter @PickMeUpLondon and #PickMeUpLondon