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A TALK on the life and work of the artist Grayson Perry will mark the end of his two-pot exhibition at Shetland Museum, which has been on over the winter months.

Personal friend of Perry and director of modern and contemporary art at National Galleries Scotland Simon Groom will be delivering a talk on the life and work of the artist.

Two of Perry’s pots, on loan from the Tate collection – Aspects of Myself and My Gods – have been on display in Da Gadderie.

Both items feature “intriguing motifs” which deal with forces that shaped the artist’s character and draw on the symbolism of biography.

There will also be an additional exhibition of everyday objects shared by local people that encapsulate their own life stories.

Groom is a leading expert in contemporary art, who has a unique insight into the artist and his work. This will be reflected in his talk, which will include a visual presentation put together by the Perry himself.

Simon Broom Photo: Steve Lindridge

Groom has a “wealth of experience” in developing and promoting modern art with a fundamental focus on “ensuring that art is for everybody”.

Shetland Amenity Trust chairwoman Ruth Mackenzie said: “This is a fantastic last opportunity for visitors to see this high-profile exhibition before the pots are returned to Tate as well as hear from a leading expert in contemporary modern art.

“Shetland Museum and Archives has been fortunate to have been able to bring world-class art to Shetland thanks to a generous grant from the Ferryman Bursary, which has helped support a wider programme of related events and activities that have taken place throughout the isles.

“We have had an amazing response to the exhibition, workshops and talks, with people interested to learn more and see the amazing vases up close, as well as take in the additional exhibition which focuses on everyday objects shared by local people that encapsulate their own life stories.”

The talk will take place at the Shetland Museum and Archives on 11 January at 2.00pm.