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Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair 2012 at Somerset House

Pick Me Up returns yet again with a huge array of illustration and graphic talent on show, including quite a few artists that Amelia's Magazine readers will be familiar with, yay!

Thu 22nd March 2012, 11:00am – Sun 1st April 2012, 08:00pm

Somerset House, Embankment Galleries, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Written by Amelia Gregory

Category: Art

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Pick Me Up has opened for its 2012 run at Somerset House, as I am sure that every London based illustrator and graphic designer is aware - unless you have been living under a rock of late. The popular exhibition returns for another year with an improved market place full of print based goodies that have been specially created for your delight by a selection of up and coming designers as well as established artists, most of which are available to buy - expect to create a very well dressed wall after a trip to Pick Me Up. A one day ticket costs £8 and concessions are £6, but why not make the most of a multiple entry pass which is valid for the entire run of the fair from 22 March – 1 April? The show also boasts a full roster of associated workshops, which are drop in on a first come first served basis, so make sure you turn up early. Tickets for talks are £8, with £5 concessions, and can be booked in advance here.

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Press photography by Kevin Meredith.

Here's my pick of events plus the full talks schedule. Get planning. It's going to be a busy few 10 days! Review to go up soon too, in the meantime check out my reviews from 2010 and 2011.

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Friday 23 March
Daily Special Space 13.00-19.00 Daily Special: Anthony Burrill
Illustrator and designer Anthony Burrill will host a typographic sticker collage workshop where visitors can create their own typographic postcard to take home.

Saturday 24 March
Daily Special Space 11.00-18.00 Daily Special: Marion Deuchars’ Art Factory
Award winning illustrator Marion Deuchars will present a family friendly drawing workshop where visitors will be able to follow her instructions to make their own artworks based on her
popular book ‘Let’s Make Great Art’.

Events Space 11.00-18.00 Aardman Model Making Workshop (3 one hour workshops)
Join Aardman model-maker, Jim Parkyn for a chance to model your very own Gromit. During his time on Wallace and Gromit Jim worked on a number of models including Gromit, a long list of villagers and was a one of the team of Bunny Builders for a great many rabbits.

Sunday 25 March
Daily Special Space 11.00-18.00 Daily Special: Bruce Ingman’s Picture Book Fun
Children’s illustrator Bruce Ingman will host a family workshop where visitors will be able to create their own animal characters and turn them into a very special cake design.

Monday 26 March
Events Space 12.00-20.00 Newsdesk with Flamingo Magazine
Illustration magazine Flamingo will recreate a 50s style newsroom where they will put together a special Pick Me Up issue with visitors able to contribute illustrations and words of own along with their own photographic portraits adorned with Flamingo’s illustrated props.

Tuesday 27 March & Wednesday 28 March
Events Space 11.00-16.00 Portfolio Surgery from The Enquiry Desk
Budding illustrators are invited to present their portfolios to an esteemed panel of experts including illustrator Si Scott, Greg Burne from Big Active, Fallon’s Sarah Thompson and Elle art director Tom Meredith among others.

Thursday 29 March
Daily Special Space 18.30-21.30 Thursday Late: Jody Barton
Jody Barton comes all the way from Denmark to share his methods behind his humorous and visceral styling. An expert in words and their relation to images he will be offering to draw family crests on request, Barton-style.

Friday 30 March
Daily Special Space 11.00-19.00 Daily Special: Jason Brooks
Fashion illustrator Jason Brooks has worked on some of the most instantly recognisable fashion editorial images of recent times as well as the visual identity for record labels, most notably club label Hedkandi. Jason will be producing small drawings for sale throughout the day.

Events Space 15.00-20.00 Covers for Clinic
Clinic, a poetry, arts and music platform who bring together musicians, poets and artists to collaborate, will invite visitors to take up pens and create their own design for the back cover of Clinic’s latest anthology.

Saturday 31 March
Events Space 11.00-19.00 The Manic Monster Drawathon
NoBrow magazine and illustrators Jack Teagle and Liam Barrett present a free for all, all day drawathon comic book workshop.

Sunday 1 April
Daily Special Space 11.00-19.00 Daily Special: Modern Toss’ Portrait Booth
Jon Link and Mick Bunnage, the genius behind the global cult comic Modern Toss, will run an all day portrait booth where they will imortalise willing visitors’ faces in pencil onto ready-made screen-printed bodies provided by Ink_d Gallery.

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Talks Programme: All talks will take place in the Screening Room.

Friday 23 March 18.30-19.30 Music x The Graphic Arts
Graphic design writer and curator Liz Farrelly will host a panel discussion exploring the enduring creative links between music and the graphic arts.

Monday 26 March 18.30-19.30 Peepshow Collective
Pick Me Up artists in residence the Peepshow collective will talk about what inspires their work as individuals and as a collective.

Wednesday 28 March 14.00-15.00 What You Need To Know
A talk from Derek Brazell, illustrator, Projects Manager at the Association of Illustrators and co-author of Making Great Illustration - on the first steps to starting a successful career in illustration covering self promotion, pricing,
licensing, copyright and much more.

Friday 30 March 18.30-19.30 Comic Studies
D&AD hosts a Sharpner talk exploring the subject of Graphic Novels with a Comics Studies panel who will talk through the world of the graphic novel from the fun to the fanatical.

Blimey, where to start? Find out more on the Pick Me Up website here.