Queensland’s largest, free outdoor exhibition SWELL Sculpture Festival will celebrate the fusion of beach culture and art when it returns to the golden shores of Currumbin later this year.
Taking place from 11th – 20th September, the 10-day event will transform a one kilometre stretch of Currumbin Beach into a vibrant outdoor gallery. Open all hours, the works from 60 artists will take their place along the iconic stretch for free public viewing suitable for the whole family.
Now in its 13th year, SWELL has cemented itself as the preeminent arts event on the Gold Coast calendar. SWELL showcases international, national and local artists and presents the creation of interactive, engaging and incredibly thought provoking sculptures and installations.
More than 250,000 visitors are expected to descend on SWELL, which will feature a mix of dynamic public artwork, from monumental to miniscule, showcasing Australian artists alongside those from the UK, Germany and New Zealand.
The atmosphere of SWELL extends beyond just the sculptures with free live entertainment, sculpture workshops, kids activities, performance art, artists talks, fire shows, yoga experiences and more.
Through lighting and visual shifts, a selection of works will impart a new quality once the sun sets, allowing a new and alternative view to how they are seen in natural light. This will be especially insightful during guided twilight walks on each Sunday.
Artists work across all mediums, and vie for awards of more than $25,000, including the coveted $15,000 SWELL Sculpture Award sponsored by The City of Gold Coast and highly popular $3,000 Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC People’s Choice Award
More than a decade ago, SWELL Sculpture Festival rippled its way across Currumbin Beach and now the cultural attraction is a highly anticipated tide of fascination, captivation and inspiration to admiring visitors each year.