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What's On // 2014


A Northerly SWELL has swept through the atrium of the Helensvale Library & Cultural Centre with Internationally acclaimed Belgian Artist Georges Cuvillier interweaving another bamboo sculpture to symbolically connect the Gold Coast's north and south.
Division Two Councillor William Owen-Jones has championed this exciting prelude and collaboration with SWELL Sculpture Festival. Through this support, the northern end of the Gold Coast will share in what the southern end has been experiencing now for over a decade - a love affair with public sculpture.
The Tunnel van de Liefde translated to English as Tunnel of Love, echoes the coming together of people, places and spaces we inhabit and Georges Cuvullier will bend and weave two bamboo installations at both Helensvale and Currumbin Beach.
The Tunnel van de Liefde installations in the north and the south will hint at the ever changing and mercurial nature of our lives and loves. Both temporary bamboo sculptures will highlight the unique interaction of culture, art and community that enrich the lives of locals and visitors alike.
Visitors are invited to further experience Georges Cuvillier's Tunnel van de Liefde at the Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre.
FREE  August 14 - September 16
Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre Corner Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale
Hours 9am - 6pm Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri; 9am - 7pm Thu; 9am - 4pm Sat & 12pm - 4pm Sun.
free Kids workshops
Head along to the Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre to build your very own bamboo sculpture guided by international artist Georges Cuvillier between 10am - 12pm  Saturday 24th August  
The Swell Smalls Gallery, situated next to The Deck Cafe is an exhibition of smaller works by exhibiting artists that allows visitors to experience sculpture at an intimate and affordable level.
Step across the road to discover that good things come in small packages...
Remember to vote for your favourite sculpture!
9am - 4pm daily from 6 - 21 September
Located at The Way of Design (next to The Deck Cafe).



SWELL has arrived when the beating heart of the City, Currumbin Rock - lights up red thanks to...

Join in a twilight walk through the sculptures with an opportunity to discover more about the works. These walks are fascinating and full of insight into messaging and materiality as our Guest Curators take you on an artistic journey.
Sunday 14 & Sunday 21 Sept. meet at 5pm at the Picnic Hut Alley End 
Intended as a sanctuary for yoga practice and meditation, this hour of reflection with Jo Brown will provide a time to become aware of our creative core and admire the artistic inspiration that encircles us. This calming movement is a salute to all those sculptors whose works stand before us and inspire an imaginative future.
Thursday 18 Sept 6am - 7am at The Avalon
Join us for stimulating Sunday Sessions with the team at ABC Gold Coast and a bunch of SWELL Artists for talks on the creative process, the mysteries of inspiration and the impact and importance of art in all aspects of community, including technology, culture and the environment.
Sunday 21 Sept.  11am - 12pm   The Avalon
Discover an Artist talking about their work through a series of Pop Up Artist Talks throughout the festival. Participate in short conversations with an Artist in front of their sculpture and discover the inside story with insightful thoughts focusing on inspiration and artistic process.
Friday 12 - Sunday 21 Sept.   Daily Times at the Hubs  Hosted at the Artist sculpture sites

SWELL Sounds
At the Alley End, kick back and soak up the smooth and sultry tunes for weekend sessions of Swell Sounds staged at The Avalon.
Acts include California's Allensworth with their infectious rhythms, clever word play and soulful grooves. Set yourself up to sway amongst the sculptures with Felicity Lawless fusing a world of gypsy elements with folk, rock and soaring vocal melodies.
Both weekends are set to present a collection of local musicians and bands to complement your afternoon. See below for the full schedule of SWELL SOUNDS:

Now in its third year, students from Palm Beach Currumbin High School Film Excellence Program have again made a rich contribution to the Festival. As part of their school curriculum, they have created colourful stories inspired by the sculptures you see exhibited before you. But rather than being confined to clay and plasticine, the students have been encouraged through the School's Media Excellence classes to tell their stories through other mediums and especially animation.
Just like the sculptors, these students have been involved in the creative process and worked in teams to achieve their vision. Come along and be surprised by the youngsters' imaginative animated narratives showing at the event site, in the Swell Smalls Gallery and Alley Boardriders Club.
9am - 4pm
Swell Smalls Gallery, next to the Deck Cafe The Ally Boardriders
Saturday Evenings - The Avalon, Alley End

Samba Blisstas
Thundering through the streets in their wild, whacky costumes and riotous, red rhythms this silly syncopated street troupe will leave you sweaty and screaming for more as they rove through Swell!
Saturday 13 from 6pm
Sunday 21 from 6pm as part of DUSK
Fire Performance
At dusk when the energy shifts, witness the movement and rhythm of artistic fire performances inspired by martial arts and contemporary dance performed by Energy Entertainments.
Tuesday 16, Thursday 18 from 6pm
Sunday 21 from 7pm as part of DUSK

As the sun begins to set, get ready for some Brazilian beats and way out performances. We will greet the eventide for a celebration of sculpture, people and artistic life in a festive finale, DUSK.
Fusing world music and gypsy elements, the Felicity Lawless Band kicks off DUSK with soaring vocal melodies and hypnotic rhythms. Felicity will perform with an energy that elevates and inspires while infusing enthusiasm and joy as we celebrate the final day of SWELL.
Next up we're announcing the People's and Kids' Choice Award as voted by you, the people! 
Watch eyes light up as Upatree Arts and their magnificent gigantic puppets dance and play their way through the sculptures. With their awesome creatures tip toeing across the sands, join in the fun and follow them along.
Thundering through the streets in their wild costumes and riotous red rhythms are the Samba Blisstas. This syncopated street troupe will have you sweaty and screaming for more with an impressive show of beats and rhythms at The Avalon. Then to get your heart racing and your feet moving, the troupe will parade, ponder and pirouette through the sculptures.
Sensational rhythms will continue to cry out with the sizzling Brazilian sounds of Zambabem, a fresh group of musicians who mix it up from samba to ska and will have you shaking & shimmering like you're on a Sao Paulo dance floor!
Finally, as evening falls on Currumbin Beach Energy Entertainments will set the night on fire! Inspired by martial arts and contemporary dance, DUSK will peak with this mesmerizing and exhilarating display of fire, movement and drumming to clinch the last moments of SWELL Sculpture Festival 2014!
Sunday 21st September
DUSK 4pm - 7.30pm
The Avalon and Currumbin Beach


ON THE WEEKENDS, splash some colour on some cotton and become part of the creative process... This year print your very own t-shirt with an exclusive design by 2014 Artists. Come and give it a go at the Print Your Own T-Shirt Pop-Up, next to the Central Hub.
Saturdays & Sundays  9am - 5pm
Adults $20 Children $15
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Wallace Nicoll Park is SWELL's hub of culinary delights, sculpture classes & performance art workshops. A wonderfully versatile open-air area where menus are inspired by vibrant street food culture all freshly made to enjoy under the canopy of trees or to grab on the go. The park will capture SWELL's vibrant energy including children's creative activities to keep them entertained and inspired while you relax.
CAFE CULTURE opens from 10am - 6pm on the weekends & Woodfired Pizza open all week.
WORKSHOP times are available here
The Avalon is a dedicated podium for SWELL Sounds and the awesome team at The Avalon Miami have created this space by re-purposing a shipping container to cultivate a cool and hip precinct for SWELL.
All program information is correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change without notice. SWELL reserves the right to withdraw artists, vary events or scheduling where necessary. 
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