With any luck, for the rest of April, we will finally have broken free of the shackles of this torrid winter and will be in the mood for innovative design in an inspiring and grand location. It’s not too much to ask, is it? Well, though we can’t guarantee the weather what we can guarantee is a pick-me-up, in the form of the, er… Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival! Yes, the great and the good of contemporary art, design and illustration are back featuring a smattering of the old guard mixed in with a healthy dollop of the best new creative minds.
Expect Modern Toss, Nelly Duff (bringing such street art luminaries as Sweet Toof and Ben Eine) and Bristolian collective SOMA, who will be showcasing new work and hanging around for a little chat with you. That’s nice, isn’t it? You can even be the canvas yourself if you so wish. Check out Puck Collective and you can get a tattoo whacked on you by your fave illustrator. If that’s a little too hands-on, why not pop over and hang out with Day Job? Play with the toys they’ve created while watching a selection of animation. Whatever your desire, whatever your design delectation, Pick Me Up has it. And all the while you get to feel grand as it’s in the superb surrounds of Somerset House.
The great thing about all this as well is that it’s not only the fruits of creative labours that you will have access to; it’s also witnessing the mechanics of said labours. Seeing how the best operate can only rub off and help with your own creative endeavours. Aesthetically pleasing, diverse, contemporary and inspiring… what more do you need? (Words: Ed Spencer)
From April 18-28th. For more info, visit: www.somersethouse.org.uk