Grayson Perry: A Potted Biography - Events and Activities Programme

‘A Potted Biography’ is currently showing in Da Gadderie exhibiting two ceramic vases by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry. The vases are autobiographical in nature and the main theme of the exhibition is life stories. The motifs on the two vases tell the story of the artist’s character, and what shaped him as a person. The other part of the exhibition is entitled ‘My Potted Biography’ and reveals how everyday objects belonging to local people can tell stories about their owner – sometimes funny, sometimes inspiring, and sometimes sad.

This weekend there will be a family day on Saturday 23rd November at the Museum and Archives with free drop-in crafts for children where they can try their hand at making and decorating a small clay pot to take home. There will also be a ‘show and tell’ event for all the family where you can bring in an object that is important to you and share the story behind it. For adults (16+) there will be a Creative Writing workshop where you can create a piece of writing or poetry about an object that means something special to you. There will also be gallery talks about the artist and the exhibition on Saturday 23rd November, Wednesday 11th December and Wednesday 8th January.

Shetland Museum and Archives have also teamed up with ceramic artist Sharon McGeady of The Pottery in North Roe to offer a two-day ceramic pot and decoration workshop. You will be guided through the basic techniques of making and decorating a ceramic pot during the two-part workshop at the Lochend Public Hall North Roe.

Yvonne Reynolds is the Lifelong Learning Coordinator for the Shetland Amenity Trust who run the Museum and Archives, she said, “We are really excited to be offering these events and activities as part of the Exhibition programme. It is a really inspiring show to be working on and we have been overwhelmed by the response so far. It is great to be offering people the chance to connect with both the stories behind the art and the artist as well as the technical skills that go into these incredible ceramics.”

Find out more and book on the Shetland Museum and Archives website at or call on 01595 695057.

The two Grayson Perry vases are on loan from Tate and key loans and activities have been made possible through The Ferryman Project: Sharing Works of Art which is supported by National Lottery Players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the John Ellerman Foundation and Art Fund.

Related Posts

New book of Shetland Fine Lace Knitting launched

A new publication, ‘Shetland Fine Lace Knitting – Recreating patterns from the past’ by Shetland Museum’s textiles curator, ...

Read more

Profound new exhibition, Polar North, captures the fragility of the Arctic landscape

A profound new exhibition which captures the fragile and shifting beauty of the Arctic landscape opens this Sunday 10 March at Da ...

Read more

Shetland Museum and Archives launches series of ‘Thursday Lates’ heritage talks

Evenings celebrating Shetland’s rich culture and heritage will begin next month as Shetland Museum and Archives launches its ...

Read more

Be My Valentine

It’s that time of year, Valentine’s Day, the 14th of February. In the Shetland Archives Catalogue references to Valentines are ...

Read more

Shetland Museum celebrates Lerwick Up Helly Aa 2024

The Shetland Museum & Archives was full of activity last week as we celebrated Lerwick Up Helly Aa with a series of fiery events and ...

Read more

Shetland Amenity Trust’s heritage sites open for this year’s Up Helly Aa

The fiery season will soon be back and Shetland Amenity Trust is putting together a series of events as well as offering extended ...

Read more

Shetland's War Memorial - constructed by William Horne

Shetland’s War Memorial on Hillhead is now one hundred years old, and was rededicated with a ceremony on 6 January. The memorial ...

Read more

Christmas in Shetland - 1923

1923, like many of the years between the wars, was not a good one. The Shetland Times year end report spoke of a poor herring fishing, ...

Read more

Research project commissioned to encourage locals to grow more aets!

Shetland Amenity Trust has commissioned a research project with two local straw makers to understand more about the growing of ...

Read more

‘Logical Confusion’, a retrospective exhibition of Mike McDonnell opens at the Shetland Museum

An ambitious new exhibition dedicated to the artistry of well-known local artist Mike McDonnell opened this weekend at the Shetland ...

Read more

New poetry book - ‘Love in Human Herts’

‘Love in Human Herts’, a new publication celebrating Vagaland’s finest poetry has been launched today by the Shetland Amenity ...

Read more

Film celebrating the achievements of Johnnie Notions launched by Shetland Museum and Archives

A new film which brings to life the incredible story of 18th century inoculation pioneer and Shetland crofter Johnnie Notions has been ...

Read more

Keep a look out for Skeklers this Halloween

We had a great time at our recent Skeklers Hat workshop with local artist Eve Eunson in preparation for Halloween.

Read more

Pre-school Activity Mornings

Bring your little explorers to the Shetland Museum & Archives for our heritage-filled fun sessions, designed especially for under 5's ...

Read more

National Poetry Day

To celebrate National Poetry Day we asked assistant archivist (and poet) Mark Smith to uncover a hidden gem from the archives. This ...

Read more