SET TO SWELL WITH RECORD NUMBER OF SCULPTURES!
Sculpture Festival is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2013
Founding Director Natasha Edwards said,
"After good solid deliberation with my fellow panelists, the impressive
selection of sculpture for 2013 will surely captivate and enthrall the
imagination of our audience. Swell is firmly planted in the minds of those who
come to experience the public art exhibition. This was also evident by the
increased number of artists vying for the opportunity to showcase their works
in the outdoor platform that Swell offers".
Sitting alongside Ms
Edwards to select the final 56 works for the 11th annual Swell
Sculpture Festival were Gold Coast Art Gallery Senior Curator Virginia Rigney,
Site Curator Dev Lengjel and Philip Follent former Queensland Government
Mr Follent observed
that this year’s Swell entries were confident propositions, eminently
realisable and that the selected pieces will assemble into an energetic and provocative
beachfront exhibition. He added, “The
diverse field of selected artists introduces a number of emerging artists whose
opportunity to be showcased alongside well experienced sculptors and
installation artists will advance the knowledge and shared experiences of all,
and will in turn energise this year’s event.”
CALL FOR ENTRIES 2013 OPEN ::
ANNOUNCING $15,000 NON-ACQUISITIVE AWARD
Artists are invited to submit entries for the 11th annual Swell
Sculpture Festival taking place on the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Beach in
Queensland from 13 - 22 September, 2013.
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
artists nationally and internationally working in any medium.
pleased to announce in 2013 that the top award will be the $15,000
Swell Sculpture Award (non-acquisitive) sponsored by the Gold Coast City
Council. The existing People’s Choice Award, Kids’ Choice Award, Max
Fabre Foundation Environmental Awareness Award, Jennie Neumann OAM
Emerging Artist Award and Media Award will also continue taking the
award pool to $30,000. READ MORE
21 January 2013
SWELL AWARD FOR CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT
The Directors and curators of Swell Sculpture
Festival, Natasha Edwards and Ruth Della have been awarded the Gold Coast City
Council Australia Day Cultural Achievement Award for 2013.
year’s awards recipients are all celebrated for their achievements, and the
importance that they place on supporting others and giving back to the
community,” Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. READ MORE
3rd August, 2012
SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
When Swell Sculpture Festival installs the work of 50 artists along Currumbin Beach from 14 – 23 September, it will celebrate ten years of taking the art to the people.
Always visually spectacular, Swell Sculpture Festival has continued to grow and deliver on its mantra of “getting art out there” and exhibiting sculpture in an environment that makes it accessible to the masses. Swell is, and always has been, a free event for all to enjoy. READ MORE
15th February 2012
Celebrating 10 years of
Swell Sculpture Festival
CALL FOR ENTRIES 2012
Swell Sculpture Festival, Queensland's leading outdoor sculpture exhibition, invites entries from artists to exhibit in the 10th annual exhibition.
This free outdoor sculpture exhibition, that attracts 178 000+ visitors each year will be staged along Currumbin Beach from the 14th - 23rd September 2012.
Swell Sculpture Festival provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit in an established and high profile exhibition set within a visually stimulating, expansive coastal landscape. READ MORE... (PDF)
4th August 2011
Swell Sculpture Festival 2011 : :
Monumental art by the seashore
Studios all over the country are currently a hive of activity as
sculptors prepare for Queensland’s largest outdoor exhibition, Swell Sculpture
ninth annual Swell Sculpture Festival will transform the Currumbin foreshore
for ten days from September 9 with up to 50 large scale sculptures.
Set between Currumbin’s two headlands, Swell annually attracts crowds
in excess of 175,000 over the ten day exhibition period.
Swell Sculpture Festival Director Natasha Edwards said, “Swell is well
established and recognised as a major cultural arts event in Queensland. The
picturesque Currumbin Beach and warm weather makes for an ideal setting and
backdrop for the extraordinary diverse range of sculptures on display. People attend the exhibition to soak up
the atmosphere, photograph the moment and engage with the artwork in its
natural setting. The artist talks offer an opportunity meet with artists, exchange
stories and learn more about the artist behind the sculpture. Swell is an iconic event that is sure
to impress and inspire people of all ages”
SWELL Sculpture Festival 2010
Queensland’s largest outdoor visual arts exhibition
Artists from Australia and overseas are preparing to take over Currumbin Beach, when the eighth annual Swell Sculpture Festival takes them out of the gallery and onto the sand from 10 – 19 September.
Queensland’s largest outdoor visual arts exhibition, in scale and attendance, will this year present the most extensive exhibition ever staged by the festival, when 55 major sculptural pieces are installed along the beach.
Set between Currumbin’s two headlands, the 2010 exhibition includes work by artists from all over Australia as well as international locations such as New Zealand, Germany and India. READ MORE (PDF Document)
4th January 2010
MAJOR QUEENSLAND SCULPTURE EXHIBITION INVITES SUBMISSIONS FOR 2010
AWARDS AND ACQUISITIONS OF UP TO $60,000
Following the enormous success of the 2009 exhibition, Swell Sculpture Festival, Queensland’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition, invites submissions from artists to exhibit in the 2010 exhibition. The eighth annual, free outdoor sculpture exhibition will be held along Currumbin Beach from the 10th – 19th September 2010. Swell Sculpture Festival provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit in a highly regarded exhibition set within a visually stimulating, expansive coastal landscape.
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25 September 2009
Cairns sculptor creates a visual sensation at major Gold Coast outdoor exhibition.
Equestrian sculptor Jennie Scott has impressed tens of thousands of visitors at the seventh annual Swell Sculpture Festival on the Gold Coast and has been voted, by the people, for the Currumbin RSL People’s Choice Award.
Jennie’s sculpture titled Gold Coast Pioneer Bill Coleman drew massive interest from visitors as they marveled at the half tonne, 2.8 metre high horse and historic rider set amongst 52 sculptures along Currumbin Beach. Assembled using driftwood and embellished with copper wire the unique horse sculpture impressed visitors with its magnificent poise and sheer beauty juxtaposed against the natural coastal landscape.
For the seventh year, the Swell Sculpture Festival, set between two major iconic headlands, will transform the seaside setting of Currumbin Beach to an outdoor gallery. Artists from around Australia and the world will install 52 sculptures for the free open-air exhibition where visitors can soak up the sculpture from the 11th to 20th September.
Hooked on the big ones... what about something smaller?
The Swell Smalls Gallery is an exhibition of smaller works by exhibiting artists of
the Swell Sculpture Festival. Vibrant and beautiful in their own right only smaller, 40 sculptures will delight visitors as they are presented at The Way of Design Gallery on Pacific Parade, Currumbin.
Currumbin Rock to transform with mass floral message
Iconic Currumbin Rock will transform with
colour, texture and an environmental message during the 2009 Swell
Sculpture Festival. As part of the Swell Kids’ Program, invited NSW
artist Lynne Adams and 960 school children from the Currumbin Primary
School have worked together on a community sculpture. Making fun of a
serious issue, consumerism and waste, the children have learnt to hand
cut more than 5,000 PET (polyethylene terephthalate) carbonated drinks
bottles into flowers.
HERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ARTISTS TO PLONK THEIR ARTWORK IN A SWELL OF SCULPTURE.
When a fantastic opportunity arises to exhibit in a leading outdoor sculpture exhibition close to 2,000 kilometres away, transportation costs of a large sculpture can be the deciding factor for an artist as to whether or not to enter.
Plonk Art is the result of the combined approach of the Satterley Property Group’s Smithfield Village, the Cairns Regional Council and the Swell Sculpture Festival. It has been initiated to provide support for an artist within the Cairns Regional Council geographical area to exhibit at the Swell Sculpture Festival. The selected artist will have associated costs of exhibiting such as freight, packing, insurance, two return flights and public liability insurance covered.
2009 Call for Entries - Swell Sculpture Festival is calling for entries to exhibit in the seventh outdoor sculpture exhibition held along Queensland’s Currumbin Beach ocean walkway. The exhibition is free to the public and is from the 11th – 20th September 2009.
From 12th to 21st September, Queensland’s Currumbin Beach transforms from a quiet seaside setting of sun, sand and surfers to a massive swell of sculpture as artists from around Australia and the world install 50 sculptures for this free to the public open-air exhibition. READ MORE
The Currumbin sky will come alive with movement and colour as more than 300 children assemble on the beach with their hand formed kites grasped excitedly eager to catch the sea breeze. Together they will form a dynamic, large scale public installation to close the Swell Sculpture Festival on Sunday 21st September 2008. READ MORE
A Symposium - Public Art - an Object or an Experience?
When you look at a piece of public art, what do you see? Is it a waste of space or does it energise public spaces and transform our everyday life?
The Public Art Symposium will provide an informative forum for the community to engage with the topic Public Art – an Object or an Experience through three keynote sessions. The aim is to broaden community involvement and participation in cultural discussions and to challenge the perception of public art and its role in public life. READ MORE
Swell Smalls Gallery is an exhibition of smaller works by the exhibiting artists of the Swell Sculpture Festival. A selection of dynamic, beautiful and energising pieces are presented at The Way of Design Gallery adjacent to the beachfront along Pacific Parade, Currumbin. READ MORE
Swell Sculpture Festival is calling for entries for the sixth annual, outdoor visual arts exhibition held along Queensland’s Currumbin Beach ocean walkway. The exhibition is from the 12th - 21st September 2008. Applications are now open until April 1st 2008. READ MORE
In November 2007, Swell Sculpture Festival received notification that it was successful in its application for the Queensland Government’s Arts Queensland S2M (small2medium) grant. Arts Queensland has provided $50,000 to the Swell Currumbin Sculpture Festival. This is a huge boost for Swell as the contingent of applicants was very competitive. Feedback from Arts Queensland was very positive and we were informed that Swell is the first event to receive this type of funding on the Gold Coast. A big thanks to Arts Queensland for their support, we look forward to our new relationship with them in 2008. READ MORE
The Swell Friends Program has been initiated to financially strengthen and sustain this highly popular visual arts exhibition. This program is supported by the Queensland Government’s Queensland Events Regional Development Program (QERDP). READ MORE
SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL 14th - 23rd September 2007
5th August 2007
“What started as a ripple in the ocean has turned into an enormous Swell”
Ten days of culture on the Gold Coast most treasured icon, the beach! Swell is now in its fifth year and offers the community a free outdoor visual spectacular, spanning ten days in September. Showcasing over fifty leading artists along the Currumbin Ocean-Walkway. The sculptors come from far and wide and have built their work specifically for the outdoor environment. READ MORE