There has been a host of exciting exhibitions and events to showcase the talents of UAL graduates recently. Among them includes the prestigious annual graphic arts festival and exhibition Pick Me Up. Held in the stunning Embankment galleries at Somerset House the festival, due to run from 23 April- 4 May, promises an explosive selection of pioneering industry collectives, galleries, print studios, interactive workshops and talks.

Gaurab Thakali

Gaurab Thakali

Among this year’s Pick Me Up Selects and industry hand-picked stars of the future are Camberwell College of Art graduates Gaurab Thakali, who recently exhibited at the UAL’s Showroom Creative Outlet exhibit, and Zöe Taylor. As Pick Me Up Selects the graduates were both especially asked to produce new work to go on sale at the event.

Central Saint Martins’ Caroline Till, Course Director of MA Material Futures and trend forecasting specialist, will also be speaking at the event. The festival will act as the backdrop to the premiere of the new ‘Made You Look Documentary – A Film About Creativity in the Digital Age’; a short film that takes a rare look into commercial art scene of the digitalised 21st Century.

In keeping with this exciting wave of graphic art and illustration talent currently on display in London, Camberwell College of Art graduate Madalina Andronic will also be exhibiting at the British Academy for the humanities and social sciences in a partnership exhibition with The Folio Society. ‘Telling tales: the art of the illustrator’ will take place from Monday 11-Sunday 17 May and aims to explore the international nature of fairy tales and folk tales in their exhibition.

Finally, just around the corner from UAL’s Showroom on High Holborn, The Other Art Fair has also got underway. On until April 26 the national art fair boasts more than 150 artist exhibitors and some of the art scene’s best emerging talent. UAL graduates Emma Davis, Alison McKenna, Kirsten Baskett Piers Secunda and Richard Walker are but a few mentioned as the top 20 artists of today to exhibit at the fair.