THE BOARD & Key Personnel





Lincoln Williams brings over two decades of professional experience within the photography, film and television industry. After Lincoln graduated in film and television he worked on the set of major television series and US feature films shot in Queensland, including Pitch Black, Street Fighter, Medivac and Cybergirl… all the way back to Paradise Beach in 1991. Concurrent to his work in drama, Lincoln worked for all of the major television networks on programs such as Gladiators, the Big Day Out, V8 Supercars, NRL, Super 15 Rugby Union, and a host of other sporting broadcasts including golf, surf lifesaving and swimming to mention a few. Lincoln has now channelled those skills into over a 1,000 projects and as Creative Director of Fotomedia, he has won Gold through the Australian Cinematography Society.



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.



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.



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.



Glenn Barry has connections with the Gamilaraay - the First Nation peoples of Northern NSW. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours. Growing up on the Gold Coast, Glenn is proud to be recognised as someone who contributes to the local and national communities. He is well-known and respected across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services. He has established networks across the Gold Coast. Competent in providing leadership and administration, Glenn has over 10 years’ experience in the secondary and tertiary sector (TAFE and University) as well as nearly 20 years’ experience as an artist and 15 years as a Chef/Hospitality. His focus has been in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services across the specialised educational arena. He is aware of wide-ranging circumstances that affect, challenge and also benefit First Nation people and looks to his elders for advice in complex situations. His passions include cultural learning through tactile connections. He has had connections and appointments in places including Rural QLD: Torres Straits, Bamaga and NSW: Moree, as well as across remote Indonesia, Japan, USA and the Pacific Islands. He is a respected community member of the Murri Court for 7 years (QLD Magistrates) system and also as a Griffith University Council of Elders and Deputy Chair. Glenn is passionate about the development and delivery of Cultural Awareness programs that allow the integration of new customs, taking into account the barriers, as a way of moving forward. His methodology incorporates process, perspective and narratives as research that enquires into notions of self-description and self-determination.




As Co-Founder and Artistic 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 18 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 Woodford 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.



Dee’s focus is on facilitating a connecting between people, art, culture and business. Holding a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and having worked in the arts and culture industry for years on many projects, we welcome Dee as Executive Director of SWELL Sculpture Festival. Dee’s passion for and appreciation of art combined with extensive accounts and finance work in both private and not for profit companies has led Dee to where she is today. Being an integral part of the SWELL Team for eight years with roles ranging from Volunteer Manager, Accounts Manager, Creative Producer, and Executive Director since 2018, Dee brings with her, the skill of high-level people management, operational and business nous.


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.

Dr Bianca Beetson
Griffith University
Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art Convenor

Natasha Edwards
SWELL Sculpture Festival
Lead Curator and Co Founder

Terri Lew
Gallery Director

Peta Rake
University of Queensland
Senior Curator

Dr Chris Bennie
Freelance Artist
Lecturer in Fine Art at Griffith University Queensland College of Art

Professor Dr Adrian Carter
Architect MAA, PhD,Head / Professor of Architecture/ Abedian School of Architecture
Faculty of Society and Design BOND UNIVERSITY

Susi Muddiman OAM
Art Gallery Director Community and Cultural Services
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre NSW

Christopher Trotter
Full time practicing artist
Creating public works for Government , Councils , Universities and Developers
Built Environment Queensland University of Technology

Natasha Edwards
Co-Founder + Artistic Director/ SWELL Sculpture Festival

John Stafford
Director / Creative Move

Jenni Baxter
Senior Arts and Culture Project Officer - Public Art, City of Gold Coast

Professor Adrian Carter
Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University

Ruth Della
Creative Director SWELL

Natasha Edwards
Curator SWELL

Isla Wilson
Curator, Dust Temple Gallery

Tracy Cooper-Lavery
Gallery Director, Gold Coast Art Gallery

Dr Chris Bennie
Artist & Lecturer Griffith University Queensland College of Art

Ruth Della
Creative Director, SWELL Sculpture Festival

Natasha Edwards
Director and Curator, SWELL Sculpture Festival

John Stafford
Director, Creative Move

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