SWELL Sculpture Festival:
Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast QLD
2021 Winner: Best Street Art Festival or Event
Currumbin Beach, on the southern section of the Gold Coast, is paradise rediscovered. Pristine beaches, friendly locals, iconic Elephant Rock Lookout and, best of all, once a year it showcases world-class sculpture in abundance.
The 2021 SWELL line-up read like a who's who of sculpture royalty thanks to artists like Darryl Rogers, Christopher Trotter, Melissa Carey, Madi Whyte, Erica Gray, Russell Solomon and dozens more.
SWELL is a multifaceted arts organisation that connects people, art, and place. Since 2003 SWELL has exhibited 873 Sculptures in the main exhibition on Currumbin Beach with a portfolio value worth $15.5m.
SWELL was the brainchild of a shared moment between two creative minds. In 2002, Natasha Edwards and Kylie Mitchell-Smith shared the idea of creating a new art experience for everyone. Their idea was bold. It was challenging. It was about creating art in an accessible environment and it evolved into SWELL.
Six thousand people visited the first SWELL on a sunny September weekend in 2003, enjoying 23 sculptures on display. SWELL was established as a not for profit arts organisation with a supportive board of Directors, a highly dedicated team. Natasha Edwards continues her role as co Founder, Artistic Director and Curator of SWELL.
There are oodles of resorts and apartments in and around Currumbin, with delicious beach-facing eateries and the Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club within the precinct. There's also great van parks only five kilometres away to both the north and south. Check out the stay and play info at Destination Gold Coast.
Many artists contribute each year to making SWELL a success. In 2021 those artists were: Amanda Parer, Aaron Chapman, Angela Van Boxtel , Fraser The Razor, Anthony Baker, Atelier Sisu, Brian Bertram, Carolyn Donovan, Christian Newton, Christopher Trotter, Clare Harris, Clayton Blake, Danger Dave, Daniel Clemmett, Darryl Rogers & Isaac Rogers, Dion Parker, Emma Anna, Erica Gray, Filthy The Bear, Frederick Beel, Gabe Parker, Gail Dawson, Greg Quinton, Hooman Jaffar, Taylah, Jardine & Owen Thompson, Irene Messia, James Parrett, Jasmine Mansbridge, Jay Sikora, Jen Mallinson, Jeremy Sheehan, John Vanderkolk & Mark George, Jessica Harris, Jodesa Donley, John Nesirky, John Anthony Forno, Karl Meyer, Kirsten Baade, Leonie Rhodes, Lincoln Austin, Madi Whyte, Marcus Tatton, Melissa Carey, Michael Dudley (Barefooted Welder), Michael Greve, Michael Van Dam, Miles Allen, Monte Lupo, Nadine Schmoll, Parthenopi, Philip Darnton & Willem Scheepers, Gerry Brown & Potts, Rae Saheli, Oliver Grimshaw & Richard Scott, Robert Guenther, Rob Stephenson, Blair Garland & Russell Solomon, Sam Gowing, Shelly Kelly, Shiloh Perry, Suzi Lucas & Steve Collom, Torin Francis, Village Bike, Yanni Van Zijl & Noosa Open Studios, plus Phillip Piperides.
What? An annual sculpture festival on the Gold Coast offering far more than sculptures alone thanks to the participation of artists in various activities.
Best viewing times: Only during the September festival. Sunrise on Currumbin Beach is beautiful at any time, and made even more spectacular by these artworks.
Next Festival: September 2022 TBC
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