LUX* South Ari Atoll has partnered with renowned artist, motivational speaker and Paralympic gold medalist Gregory Burns for its Artist in Residence programme.
From 10 to 23 May, Burns will guide guests to discover their creativity as they learn painting and drawing techniques.
Open to all guests regardless of skill levels, the classes will be held in the resort’s outdoors set amidst lush greenery. Under Burns’ guidance, participants will be able to create their own unique works of art.
Known for over three decades of vibrant and expressive works, Burns has won numerous accolades, including the prestigious 2016 Sports Artist of the Year Award and a commission from the International Olympics Committee to create paintings for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Since my childhood, the sea has been my home. Swimming, surfing, scuba diving and sketching; all these fluid activities bring us joy and make it a better day,” said Burns.
In their efforts to uplift the community and inspire self-expression through art, the resort will also be hosting a co-painting session with Burns and local artists.
Burns contracted polio as a child, which motivated him to prioritise mobility and to express himself through sports and arts. After winning numerous gold medals and setting world records in swimming in three Paralympic Games, Burns transitioned into IronMan events, inspiring many with his discipline and perseverance.