Arts / Fun exhibition to excite young readers and art lovers

SHETLAND Museum’s exhibition space at the Gadderie will “truly come alive” when local author Ann Marie Anderson’s show A’ll Tell Dee a Story opens on Sunday.

The exhibition comprises of over 70 original illustrations from Ann Marie’s Peerie Ooricks children’s books, including her new edition Myrtle and Meenie which is being launched on Saturday at Mareel.

Ann Marie Anderson.

She said: “I can’t wait to open the doors and see the reactions from visitors seeing the exhibition for the first time.”

Visitors will discover the miniature world of Ann Marie’s Ooriks – the little characters living in rural Shetland – through charming paintings and intricate models.

The show also features folklore art by Dirk Robertson which feature in Ann Marie’s latest book and all the illustrations from her previous works by local artists Jenny Duncan and Jo Anderson.

Shetland Museum and Archives’ lifelong learning officer Yvonne Reynolds said the show has been enhanced through a partnership programme of activities.


“It has been fantastic to work with Ann Marie, and the Gadderie has truly come alive, with something for everyone,” she said.

“We’ll be running a range of storytelling and craft workshops along with a special trail through the museum galleries.

“Da characters from Ann Marie’s books have been slippit in the museum, encouraging bairns and families to make the connection with real artefacts you will find in the books.”

The exhibition opens on Sunday at 12pm and runs through until January 2022.

Visitors can come along anytime during the museum’s opening times, with no need to book.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.