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2016  ::  $15,000 SWELL SCULPTURE AWARD sponsored by City of Gold Coast

Artists are invited submit to the 14th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach, Queensland 9 - 18 September 2016.

Exhibiting up to 55 sculptures SWELL Sculpture Festival supports full freedom of expression for all forms of sculpture and encourage submissions with entry open to all artists nationally and internationally, working in any medium.

SWELL provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit in a highly regarded exhibition set within a visually stimulating, expansive coastal landscape. The free to the public exhibition attracts visitation of around 270,000 over 10 days.

Awards include $15,000 Swell Sculpture Award (non-acquisitive) sponsored by The City of Gold Coast. $3,000 Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC People’s Choice Award, $3,000 Currumbin RSL Kids’ Choice Award, $3,000 Max Fabre Foundation Environmental Awareness Award, $1,500 Jennie Neumann OAM Emerging Artist Award


Awards total $27,000 including $15,000 Swell Sculpture Award
An audience of 270,000 visitors
Coastal expanse to exhibit works with site-specific opportunities
National and international media exposure
Sculpture lighting potential
Swell Smalls Gallery - an exhibition of smaller works
Artist talks
Twilight walks
Kids’ workshops
All sculptures are for sale
Festivities and public programming during the ten days
For assistance with your submission please email or leave a phone message at + 61 7 5525 0503 and your number will be logged for a return phone call. 


We are proud to partner with Urban Art Projects again in 2016. UAP will be supporting SWELL by offering a mentorship to artist selected to exhibit at SWELL 2016.
UAP is comprised of STUDIO, FACTORY and SUPPLY with over 80 staff that can connect to and build creative vision. UAP collaborates with artists, architects and designers to deliver creative outcomes for private spaces and public realm. SWELL is delighted to team up with UAP and excited to collaborate with this awesome bunch of people who have been working alongside creative disciplines for over 20 years.
The recipient of the mentorship will have access to UAP's studio and workshop, and will also receive professional guidance to support skill development from concept design through to a completed artwork, which will ultimately be exhibited at SWELL 2016.

This is an incredible opportunity for an artist to connect with an industry leader and public art professionals to gain real world experience in art making. Skills and knowledge gained through this mentorship will be invaluable and we encourage artists who are interested in being considered for the UAP Mentorship to make note on their 2016 submission.



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This is an online form that requires you to complete fields and upload documents - doc, pdf and jpg files are accepted. TIP! Read the form first and have all your content prepared before starting - the submission must be done in one sitting and cannot be saved. Images and files must under 8MB to upload successfully.

Please contact us on 07 5525 0503 or email artist@swellsculpture.com.au


Please read the terms & conditions and print, complete the entry form and return with your $45 payment payable to:

Swell Sculpture Festival PO Box 457 Currumbin Qld 4223


Frequently Asked Questions  FAQs

You may find these frequently asked questions useful to read before you start your submission.  Should you require further assistance please phone 07 5525 0503 or contact us

Site Map

This map is indicative of the site - Currumbin Beach ocean walkway between the Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club and the Currumbin Alley is approximately 1000 metres and is located along Pacific Parade Currumbin Beach, Queensland, Australia. Sculptures will be featured along the grassed area and selected beach sites. An opportunity may exist for artwork to be featured on one of two large natural rock areas. The majority of the exhibition site is flat with undulating areas. 

Sculpture Installation Method Statement Template

You can either use the supplied Sculpture Installation Method Statement Template or provide a detailed description of how you intend to install your sculpture including scale, side and front elevation drawings. The template is editable. Please complete, print to include drawings then scan and upload with application or post with application. You are also requited to complete a Sculpture De-installation Method Statement Template.

Should you need assistance with your submission please email or leave a phone message at + 61 7 5525 0503 and your number will be logged for a return phone call.

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