submissions for 2017 are CLOSED!
We invite artist submissions for the 15th SWELL Sculpture Festival to be held along the iconic Currumbin Beach ocean walkway on Australia’s Gold Coast between 8 – 17 September 2017.
15th Years of SWELL / 2003 – 2017
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
Artist Subsidy & Installation Support
SWELL attracts 275,000 visitors
Gain exposure through SWELL's 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.
ONLINE ENTRIES - preferred method
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Reminder: the online form cannot be saved midway, please refer to the 2017 SWELL Submission Checklist before beginning the process to ensure you have all the information needed at hand.
POSTAL ENTRIES - please post to arrive by the March 15 deadline
Download the 2017 Entry Form and return your submission with your payment of $45 to PO BOX 457 Currumbin QLD 4223
CURRENT EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
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
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A WORKSHOP OR MASTERCLASS? A PERFORMANCE? AN ARTISTIC PROJECT?
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.
PUBLIC ART PROJECT
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.
WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASS
SWELL offers opportunities for arts education within its event and community installations framework through master classes and sculpture workshops for all ages.
MUSICIANS & LIVE MUSIC
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.