GOLD COAST SWELLS WITH RETURN OF QUEENSLAND’S LARGEST OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION
The iconic shores of Currumbin Beach will be transformed into a breathtaking open-air gallery of interactive and inspiring public works of art as the SWELL Sculpture Festival returns to the Gold Coast later this year.
Queensland’s largest, free outdoor exhibition has more than 250,000 visitors expected to revel in the celebration of beach culture and artistic spirit that has become a key part of the city’s cultural identity.
Now in its 14th year, SWELL features 50 dynamic sculptures created by 55 selected local, national and international artists whose works range from the minuscule to the monumental and are constructed from distinctive and wide ranging mediums.
Open all hours, SWELL is a dynamic event certain to enlighten and delight every member of the family, with a full program of free live entertainment, kids’ activities, artist talks, masterclasses, yoga experiences and more, complementing the one-kilometre beachside display of installations.
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.
Artists will vie for a range of awards valued at more than $32,000, including the coveted $15,000 SWELL Sculpture Award sponsored by The City of Gold Coast and the very popular $3,000 Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC People’s Choice Award and $3,000 Currumbin RSL Kids’ Choice Awards.
Since first rippling across Currumbin Beach in 2003, SWELL has grown into an internationally acclaimed cultural attraction that continues to fascinate, captivate and inspire art lovers, beachgoers, families and visitors alike.
The 10-day festival has been instrumental in engaging the community in a vibrant cultural dialogue as artists from Australia, New Zealand and South America display thought-provoking works highlighting a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues.