submissions for SWELL 2018 OPEN!

We invite artist submissions for the 16th SWELL Sculpture Festival to be held along the iconic Currumbin Beach ocean walkway on Australia’s Gold Coast between 14-23 September 2018.


50 sculptures by local, national and international artists
$25,000 in Awards including $15,000 Major Award
Open to professional, mid career and emerging artists
Installation Support
SWELL attracts 275,000 visitors
National media coverage
Artist Opportunities including artist talks, workshops, sculpture sales, interviews & networking


Your artwork will be temporarily installed in a public space and as such, your supporting documentation should be comprehensive and include the required information outlined below. Should your submission not include this important documentation it may be deemed non-conforming and not eligible for consideration.  

Your submission can include a completed work or a work in progress and should include clear and comprehensive support documentation including:

  • concept drawings that are to scale with front and side elevations
  • support images of completed work or partly completed work
  • information and drawings of foundation and footings
  • detail on any lighting included with the sculpture
  • machinery required
  • plinth details
  • maintenance required during SWELL

Prior to completing your submission, please prepare and collate all information to ensure you include all relevant information.
Use the SWELL SUBMISSION CHECKLIST to prepare.  Document or image files must be saved as LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_description of document.pdf and imagery and concept drawings are to be in landscape format.

Please read the terms and conditions prior to submission. By submitting your entry online or by post you agree to the Terms and Conditions. 

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Reminder: the online form cannot be saved midway, please refer to the SWELL Submission Checklist before beginning the process to ensure you have all the information needed at hand.

This SWELL submission process is online only. Please contact us by email if you would like assistance completing the online form - we're happy to help. 



SWELL is curating a work created by Choi+Shine Architects that will premiere during Festival 2018, part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and are seeking crocheters for a temporary art installation.

Experienced and skilled crocheters are invited to submit an expression of interest to assist making sections of a distinctive work of art that will allow viewers to enter a diaphanous form, where they can enjoy the detail and texture of the crocheted patterns and experience the city, water and the sky through this unequalled visual filter.

This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the creative process through the culmination of skill and to be a part of a memorable time to create a place for athletes, visitors and residents to reflect and enjoy.

Before you express your interest, please consider the following:

  • Crocheters are volunteering their time.
  • There is a minimum skill level required from intermediate to experienced. 
  • Provide 100 words outlining your experience crocheting i.e. how long you have crocheted, the types of projects you undertake and memberships to any relevant groups. 
  • Upon selection, you will receive a detailed pattern with instructions and materials to create a specific number of specially designed motifs.
  • There is a time commitment required of between 4 - 8 weeks to crochet and deliver motifs for the project.
  • Motifs are to be crocheted, completed and returned by February 10th, 2018.
  • The motifs crocheted will result in the final art installation and will not be returned.
  • During the project, crocheters will have access to online support for questions, advice and troubleshooting.

To join with like-minded creatives for this unique crocheting opportunity REGISTER HERE!

SWELL presents high quality outdoor art and cultural events, connecting people, art and place. Through a high-level curatorial approach, we coordinate and host new and exciting recognised national and international artists for exhibitions, the creation of stand alone public art or rejuvenation of space, to attract substantial audience engagement. 

Choi+Shine Architects is an internationally awarded architecture and design studio run by two principals, Jin Choi and Thomas Shine. Choi+Shine runs a skunkworks Design Studio for experimental design and projects that are not inherently architectural. Projects from this free-thinking studio vary greatly including public art, competition entries, book design, product design, three dimensional art, ceramics and patented inventions.



SWELL is proud to be involved as a creative partner with the Gold Coast Music Awards offering new opportunities to local artists.   

We are currently seeking expressions of interests from artists to create a bespoke People’s Choice Award sculpture to be presented at the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards. The Award is to shine a light on the local music scene and recognise the talent and achievements of the People’s Choice Award recipients as voted by the public. 


  • SWELL Sculpture Festival invites a local artist each year to create the Gold Coast Music Awards Peoples Choice Award (Award) statuette.
  • The award is to shine a light on the local music scene
  • The Award is based on a public vote.
  • The Award is presented to the musician or band at The Gold Coast Music Awards event April 27 2017.
  • To cultivate meaningful and cross platform collaboration between artists and the arts industry.

Expressions of interest close Monday January 30th.

For more information or to obtain the creative brief email us.


Rolling Expressions of Interest received throughout the year


Are you interested in working with SWELL to showcase your art or artistic project? SWELL fosters a spirited arts environment through high quality outdoor art, cultural experiences and temporary public art installations. Its signature event is the SWELL Sculpture Festival held on Currumbin Beach in early September.

Throughout the year, we also undertake significant temporary art installations and projects. 

We are open to receiving proposals through an ongoing process to explore and discuss opportunities for temporary public art proposals and artistic programs. 

This process is open to artists, arts organisations, musicians and those involved in arts education related activities for work that relates to public art, installations, workshops, master classes, outdoor performances, live music and artist residencies. Please complete the relevant Expression of Interest submission form and we will be in contact shortly.



Through a high-level curatorial approach, SWELL is seeking to host new and exciting recognised national and international artists to explore temporary art installations across all media including sculpture, digital art, street art, installation art to attract substantial audience engagement and artistic inspiration.


SWELL has proven experience developing artist led community art programs to expand opportunities and encourage meaningful interactions. With the creative involvement between artist and community culminates in outstanding public art installations.


SWELL offers opportunities for arts education within its event and community installations framework through master classes and sculpture workshops for all ages.


Musicians to compliment programming with live music at the signature SWELL event at Currumbin are encouraged to get in touch. Opportunities also exist for collaboration between artists and musicians to present new, experimental or cross platform works within the context of art installations.  


Performance artists to compliment programming at the signature SWELL event and who have an interest in collaborating with an artist/s to present new, experimental or cross platform works within the context of art installations are encouraged to get in touch.