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London celebrates graphic art

Pick Me Up Graphic Arts celebrates graphic arts in all its shapes and forms. The festival, returning for its seventh year, unites emerging and established artists from recent graduates to the celebrated master of graphic art Alan Kitching for what promises to be an exciting 12 days.

 

Alan Kitching A Life in Letterpress © Alan Kitching, published by Laurence King. Pick Me Up 2016
Published by Laurence King © Alan Kitching

 

A special edition to this year’s festival is a retrospective exhibition of Kitching, one of the world’s foremost typographers and printmakers. A Life in Letterpress will feature over 100 prints (some featured here), many of which will be for sale, charting his career from apprentice to world-renowned designer.

Chapter opening, New Library - The People's Network, 1997 © Alan Kitching. Pick Me Up 2016
The People’s Network, 1997 © Alan Kitching

 

On show will be a varied disciplines with graphic art links including illustration, animation, 3-D installations, ceramics and stationery. The festival will also host a diverse programme of daily talks and workshops.

Edition print, 2012 © Alan Kitching. Pick Me Up 2016
Edition print, 2012 © Alan Kitching

 

Visitors will be able to produce their own pieces in the workshops led by the resident artists. Throughout the festival, the public can turn their hands to screen printing tote bags, posters and stickers, book binding and pottery.

The Spinach creative team will certainly be heading there.

Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival 2016 is at Somerset House from 21 April – 2 May.

Commemorative stamp commission by Royal Mail, 1999 © Alan Kitching Pick Me Up 2016
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