Football clubs and printing presses move to Somerset House for Pick me Up graphic art fair

By Ben Miller | 27 March 2012
An image of a colourful pop-art painting of a pop star in a purple suit
Sarah Beetson, The Seventh Seal (1957) Dream
Event: Pick Me Up, Somerset House, London, until April 1 2012

Celebrating graphic art in all its forms, the inaugural edition of this contemporary fair and festival certainly has an interesting line-up.

East End gallery Nelly Duff bring Jessica Albarn (sister of Damon) and Barack Obama favourite Ben Eine, and Ship of Fools, visiting from the Netherlands, bring a trio of voyagers offering “art that has a nice set of balls”.

Spheres of a sporting kind are on the minds of 20-man collective Soho Warriors Football Club, although summarising the efforts of an entire art squad seems small fry compared to moving a 1930s proofing press into Somerset House, which is exactly what East London letterpress A Two Pipe Problem has done.

Between now and the end of the exhibition you can pick up affordable pieces from an impressively diverse cast list.

And if you’re not looking to buy, the likes of Danish family crest creator Jody Barton and Elle magazine art director Tom Meredith are among the experts popping in for an imaginative series of workshops and demonstrations promising plenty of surprises in store.

  • Open 11am-8pm. Admission £8/£6 (multiple entry pass valid £12). Visit the fair online for full details.

More pictures:

An image of a colourful, fairytale-style painting of a girl in a forest with a bird on her head
Tim McDonagh, Joanna Newsom
An image of a drawing of a woman covering her eyes with one hand
Niki Pilkington, Free Admitance to Those who Dream (2012)
An image of an intricate illustration of various black and dark blue creatures in a forest
Kristjana Williams, Lear Gaukur (2011)
An image of a cartoonish illustration of figures in light blue, yellow and shades of pink
Matthew the Horse, Lagoon
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