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Arts / Grayson Perry works on display at Shetland Museum

The two vases on show are Aspects of Myself (left) and My Gods. Copyright: Grayson Perry/Tate.

A DISPLAY of ceramics by contemporary British artist, author, and broadcaster Grayson Perry is set to open at the Shetland Museum and Archives next Saturday (2 November).

Winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, Perry is known for his vases, two of which will be the highlight of the gallery show A Potted Biography.

Perry is also well known for his tapestries, cross-dressing and observations of the contemporary arts scene.  Many of his pieces are autobiographical, often featuring his female alter-ego ‘Claire’ and his childhood teddy bear ‘Alan Measles’.

Alongside the vases there will be an exhibition of items on loan from people in Shetland, representing key aspects of their own life stories.

Shetland Museum and Archives curator Dr Ian Tait said: “This is a hugely exciting event for Shetland. We work hard to present new works at the museum throughout the year to engage people with Shetland’s outstanding heritage.

“In addition, it is also our ambition to provide Shetlanders with the opportunity to experience art and exhibitions that would otherwise be unavailable to them locally.

“Bringing artwork to Shetland from such a well-known and provocative artist such as Grayson Perry is incredible. Juxtaposing the artist’s biography with that of local people is both innovative and fun.”

The two pieces from Grayson Perry My Gods and are Aspects of Myself are autobiographical and are on loan from Tate. The classical shapes and attractive appearance of the vases are in sharp contrast to the issues they depict.

Key loans have been made possible through The Ferryman Project: Sharing Works of Art.

A Potted Biography will run until 11 January 2020 in Da Gadderie at Shetland Museum and Archives. 

A programme of events and associated activities will be published on the Shetland Museum and Archives website shortly and promoted via their social media feeds.