Pick Me Up at Somerset House

At a fix for what to do next weekend? Stroll over to Pick Me Up at Somerset House. Whilst the second year of Pick Me Up was a bit of let down, the gods of Somerset House have listened and come back bigger and better for the shows third outing. The difference to last year’s show is more exhibitors and a dedicated area for workshops, music and drinks. The best offerings come from its ground floor gallery with Pick Me Up Selects – 20 handpicked up-and-coming international artists.Amongst these are British and French outfit Zim & Zou, made up of 25-year olds Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. The pair create intricate sculptures out of paper and then photograph them to produce an-all inclusive three-dimensional installation.

Tim McDonagh also had good work to be bought. He is a Brighton-based illustrator using traditional brush and ink that has been produced as A1, 4-colour and A3 2-colour screen-printed posters for the show.

There are some gems worth picking up from East-London based gallery Nelly Duff and its pop-up Zoo. Works available to purchase include prints from their roster of street-artists, namely Eine, Pure Evil and Baltimore street-artist Gaia. Another notable mention is People of Print who are running a series of workshops with live t-shirt printing hosted by CopyEm. It’s also worth highlighting that the price of works available have come down significantly from the first two years, and reflect the recession. Works can be purchased from a bargain £10, up to £500

Pick Me Up runs until 1 April. Tickets cost £8

Somerset House, 
Embankment Galleries
, Strand
, London WC2R 1LA
Telephone, +44 (0)207 845 4600. For more information go to www.somersethouse.org.uk