More about Philip ⋯

Philip was Gold Coast City Council’s first City Architect and was appointed Queensland Government Architect in 2008. He became the inaugural chair of the Queensland Board for Urban Places and is an Ambassador for the former Queensland Design Council, a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, a peer reviewer for Arts Funding applications to Arts Queensland, Opera on the Beach Champion and curator of the Satellite Fibro Coast exhibition 2014. He contributes as elected Councillor on the Queensland Chapter of The Australian Institute of Architects. In August 2012 Philip was appointed as the founding head of the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University. Professor Follent received the Sustainable Students’ Association Excellence in Teaching Award. He has advised on the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct International Competition and the Gold Coast Cultural Strategy and is currently involved in teaching, peer review, competition judging and advocacy around the role of design in fostering better places and communities.


More About Natasha ⋯

As Co-Founder and Director of the iconic SWELL Sculpture Festival, Natasha brings a wealth of artistic and business knowledge to the public art sector. In addition to curating and overseeing 14 years of SWELL, Natasha’s recent projects include work as curator of the ANZAC Day 100 Year centenary Poppies Project, curator of the Brisbane Airport Corporation ‘Art with Altitude’ exhibition and public art programming for the Gold Coast Rapid Transport Light Rail bid, Palm Beach Parklands, Surfers Paradise Alliance and installations for the Woodfood Folk Festival. Awarded the City of Gold Coast 2013 Australia Day Cultural Achievement Award and an honorary life member of the Sculptors Society Gold Coast, Natasha is a dedicated and a passionate supporter of sculpture in public spaces, connecting people, art and place.


More About Patrica ⋯

Pat has taught cultural theory across multidisciplinary programs in arts, media and new media in Griffith University’s School of Humanities since 1990, and was Head of School 2000 - 2005. Formerly best known as a cultural policy researcher, she has become increasingly engaged in urban studies. She has a long-standing interest in approaches to fashioning flexible and responsive policy frameworks appropriate to the rapid transformations typical of ‘new’ cities and emergent city-regions like the Gold Coast. Her other key research focus is on how people develop ideas of community in areas marked more by change than settled identity, more by differences than commonalities. Her work suggests that imaginative uses of public, corporate and private spaces can encourage flexible, dynamic community-building in which a dynamic mix of people from diverse backgrounds, with diverse aspirations, comes to be central to the region’s self-identity. Pat’s experience contributes to the development of SWELL’s programs as well as providing insights into our community.


More About Ruth ⋯

Ruth is a multi-disciplinary designer with an eye for innovation and a penchant for perfection; producing high quality creative programs and projects delivered through various mediums for over 15 years. As SWELL’s Director and Creative Producer, Ruth develops the strategic and brand direction of the organisation, and coordinates the operational delivery of initiatives. Ruth has contributed to range of significant cultural projects within SWELL. These include the Public Art Forum, a noteworthy industry exchange around art in public space and developed partnerships with Surfers Paradise Alliance, Gold Coast Film Festival and Currumbin RSL on artist led projects. In 2013, Ruth became Sculptors’ Society Gold Coast Inc. President. Ruth is passionate in her approach to enrich and build cultural capacity within the Gold Coast. She is committed to her own artistic undertakings, fostering multi-level inclusion in the arts and excellence in arts practice.


More About Tony ⋯

Tony is the CEO of one of the Gold Coast’s most successful and long established marketing and creative agencies, Quadrant Creative. He has 30 years of experience specializing in results driven advertising and marketing across a diverse mix of industries including property, retail, leisure, local government and tourism. As CEO he has developed a distinct partnership approach to working with Quadrant’s national client base from their headquarters in Burleigh. Tony contributes to SWELL’s brand identity and advises on marketing campaigns.



Through a high-level curatorial approach SWELL will host new and exciting recognised national and international artists to attract substantial audience engagement and artistic inspiration. 

Swell will reshape the thinking around our environs and question the relationship with public space. Through stimulating and stirring visuals, swell will create viewer interactions that are dynamic in terms of art, identity, history and connection to place. 

SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL CURATORIAL POLICY -  SWELL allows the artist full freedom of expression for all forms of sculpture. Sculptors must take into consideration the challenges of building for, and installing a sculpture in a natural landscape, and consider the safety and regulations of the beach and parklands. We encourage large art forms or artworks that have a large footprint simply because the beach is a vast open space and lends itself to sculptures that are durable and built for permanent installation. 


Professor Derrick Cherrie
Director, Queensland College of Art

Ruth Della
Director, SWELL Sculpture Festival

Natasha Edwards
Director and Curator, SWELL Sculpture Festival

Simone Oriti
Curator | Creative Strategies, Urban Art Projects

Dr Daniel Templeman
Senior Public Art Officer, Brisbane City Council 



Ruth Della
Director and Creative Producer, SWELL Sculpture Festival 

Natasha Edwards
Director and Curator. SWELL Sculpture Festival

Dev Lengjel
Arts Curator

Professor Philip Follent

Matthew Tobin  
Director, Urban Art Projects