The Gibson Hotel has become one of the first hotels in the country to introduce an Artist in Residence programme.

John Morris, who is a native of Dublin, has already moved into a suite at the hotel and is beginning the task of capturing the changing landscape and waterfront in and around the Gibson, which is located at Point Village (across from the 02 arena). That landscape includes a range of new buildings and the shell of the Anglo Irish Bank headquarters, which is soon to be redeveloped as the new home of the Central Bank.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, launches what is the unique partnership on Tuesday evening next (8th October, 6pm). And Mr Morris will be sharing his expertise and insight into painting with art students from Larkin Community College at Cathal Brugha Street in the north inner city. The school offers annually scholarships to students from across Dublin who wish to study art, music and drama.

John Morris, who is a native of Ballyfermot, has exhibited extensively in Ireland. He will reside in the hotel for the next 10 weeks during which time he will paint the changing landscape of Dublin’s docklands, waterfront and communities. John has exhibited in Dublin, Kerry, Galway and Belfast.

The hotel is to provide a live webcam of John working on an extensive mural in his hotel suite.

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