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Award-winning author, Donald S Murray, is one of seven visiting artists taking part in the Gibraltar 2019 Natwest International Island Games, Art Residency.  He is pictured above with two young Gibraltarians, Gabriela and Zoe.

The visiting artists are joined by a number of Gibraltar-based creatives.  Together, they are exploring a range of topics and sites in Gibraltar aimed at stimulating creative production.

The project, organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services (GCS) on behalf of HM Government of Gibraltar, sees the artists working in various locations around the Rock.

Donald told welovestornoway.com on Tuesday July 2nd : "It's been a wonderfully rewarding time in Gibraltar, exploring both its heights and depths. The latter are found in the miles and miles of caves and tunnels that riddle the Rock.

"It's also been fantastic to discover these in the company of artists who come from a range of islands, from Bermuda to Guernsey, Aland in Finland to Gibraltar itself. We work in new and exciting ways together, employing a wide variety of ways to express ourselves and our cultures creatively.

"My thanks to our home islands, Comhairle nan Eileanan Siar and the Island Games for supporting me and others in this. Events like this are of benefit to both athletes and artists. They all add up to a refreshing and stimulating mix."

So far, the artists have learned about the local culture, history and politics.  Everyone is encouraged to work together and learn from each other.  

They also visited Europa Point for a sound workshop, where the group recorded different, naturally-found noises as a way to challenge them to think beyond pencil and paper.  

Organisers say the aim is to develop work of a collaborative nature and foster creative thinking. 

Donald took to Facebook to comment: "Having a wonderful time in Gibraltar with some imaginative and enterprising artists from north and south of the Equator. A really rewarding experience."

The art residency, which lasts for two weeks, began on Sunday 23 June and will continue until Sunday 7 July.

The programme will also see those participating giving a short introduction/presentation of their work.

Towards the end of the residency, there will be an exhibition to showcase the work produced throughout the two-week programme. The exhibition will open on Friday 5 July 2019 and will run daily until Friday 12 July 2019.

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