Swell Sculptures to Hit the Beach Again

Swell Festival: Mark the diary Gold Coasters! One of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful stretches of sand will be transformed into Australia’s most stunning outdoor art gallery.

The SWELL Sculpture Festival will arrive at Currumbin Beach on September 13. The festival runs until the September 22.

The vast coastal landscape at Currumbin Beach will be an Insta paradise. It’s where you can take endless snaps of thought-provoking and sculpturally impressive works. Or, you could just enjoy the art without compulsively taking photos. Either way, you will enjoy yourself, because beautiful art in a beautiful part of the world is epic!

Prickles the Unhugable Bear - Dion Parker Andrew Cullen a sculpture on the beach at the Swell Festival
From 2018 Swell – Prickles the Unhugable Bear – Dion Parker Andrew Cullen

The Festival is Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition. It will feature more than 55 unique works of art. They will appear along the one-kilometres foreshore between the iconic Currumbin and Elephant rocks. Visitors will see installations, digital works and sculpture across ten days.

Foci - Photo by Rowly Emmett
From 2018 Swell -Foci – Photo by Rowly Emmett

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The sculptures range from geometric minimalism and traditional formalist to metamodernism and everything in between. They have been created with methods ranging from hand carving to computerised algorithms.

There will also be will be a program of entertainment and activities. And of course, stuff for kids. In the child-focused SWELL Kids Elements area, a space will be dedicated to small-scale sculptures.

There are other things going on in other parts of the Coast too. Local artist Ivan Lovatt will present a new large-scale sculpture at the Helensvale Library and Cultural Precinct for Northerly SWELL.

The festival has grown into an internationally acclaimed cultural attraction. It draws in art lovers, beachgoers, families and visitors alike. The Festival is a not-for-profit arts organisation supported by the Queensland Government.

For the full programme, click here.

Below are images from From 2018 Swell.

 

52 Women - Dave Hickson - Photo Rowly Emmett, Swell Festival 2018
Women – Dave Hickson – Photo Rowly Emmett, Swell Festival 2018

 

Swell Festival 2018: In The Flow - Marie-France Rose
Swell Festival 2018: In The Flow – Marie-France Rose
Swell 2018 Embryo - Heylen Mallie Sharpe Damon Mouasher
Embryo – Heylen Mallie Sharpe Damon Mouasher

 

Swell 2018: Fantastic Plastic -Cate Collopy
Fantastic Plastic -Cate Collopy

 

Shemple on the Shore - Kari
Shemple on the Shore – Kari
Zygomaticus - Wesley Harrop
Zygomaticus – Wesley Harrop
Zygomaticus - Wesley Harrop
Zygomaticus – Wesley Harrop
War of the Worlds - Jo Elliot
War of the Worlds – Jo Elliot
Perpetual Consumption - Allan Mourad - Clayton Blake
Perpetual Consumption – Allan Mourad – Clayton Blake
The Hex Stanislav Roudavski, a sculpture at the Swell Festival
The Hex – Stanislav Roudavski
Currumbin Rock Boy - Phillip Piperides - Alex Piperides
Currumbin Rock Boy – Phillip Piperides
Rebirth - Elizabeth Poole
Rebirth – Elizabeth Poole
Dingo - Nick Warfield
Dingo – Nick Warfield

 

 

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