14 - 23 September, 2012
Twilight Sculpture Walks
Twilight walks aim at exploring the sculptures through interpretation of their meaning, form and materials used.
DETAILS: Meet at Sculpture 1 at 4.30pm - Sunday 16th, Thursday 20th & Sunday 23rd.
Enjoy casual talks by artists at their sculpture during the exhibition. Find out where the artist's idea came from and how and why they made it. Delve deeper into each sculpture and gain insight and understanding of their work. Q&A welcome.
DETAILS: Artist Talks are held throughout the exhibition, visitors can obtain times from the Information Hub.
Swell Smalls Gallery
The Swell Smalls Gallery is an exhibition of smaller works by exhibiting artists of Swell. Located at The Way of Design (next to The Deck Cafe).
DETAILS: This exhibition is open 9am - 4pm from September 8th until Sunday, September 23rd.
Swell Kids Workshops
With invited UK artist Leonie Rhodes, students will be taken on a journey, learning how to create small figurative sculptures that interact with each other. The workshops will reflect the work Significantly Small in the main exhibition reminding us of our innate power and connectedness to nature and how we can make a difference in the world, however small.
DETAILS: Sessions are 9.30am - 11am OR 12pm - 1.30pm on Saturday 15th & 22nd and Sunday 16th & 23rd September. Cost: $10 per child BOOK ONLINE
Public Art Forum
Join us for a lively conversation at the Public Art Forum as we delve into the idea of Equilibrium with guest speakers Yellow Goat Design + Jason Nelson + Erica Gray.
DETAILS: 1.30pm for 2pm start, Tuesday 18th September, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Green Guardian Theatre. BOOK ONLINE
People's and Kids' Choice Awards
Visitors can vote for their favourite sculpture in the People's Choice and Kids' Choice Awards. Remember to vote for yours when you visit Swell Sculpture Festival. Entry forms are in The Sun Community Newspaper leading up to the exhibition and in the exhibition program on sale at The Hub and Info Tents.
Sit amongst the sculptures at the Swell Sounds Stage at the central boardwalk and enjoy music from local bands. If you prefer to keep wandering - be entertained by buskers as they weave their tunes throughout the exhibition.
DETAILS: On the weekends between 12pm - 4pm
Live T-Shirt Printing - Come & Print Your Own T-Shirt
On the weekends, be part of the creative process with splashes of colour on cotton and print your very own 10th year commemorative T-shirt. Come and give it a go at the Print Your Own T-shirt Pop-Up, next to the main Info Hub. Powered by the lovely folk from PSI Screen Printing.
DETAILS: On the weekends between 9am - 5pm
For nine weeks in 2013 larger-than-life sized koala sculptures will be displayed on the streets of the Gold Coast showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in the area.Swell Sculpture Festival is pleased to exhibit the first sculpture for the inaugural Animals with Attitude Gold Coast sculpture trail in the Wallace Nicoll Park at the northern end.
The sculpture was designed and created by Academy Award winning artist John Cox with the artwork design and painting by David Renn. If you are an artist interested in participating with Animals with Attitude please email your expression of interest to email@example.com
Onsite Clay Firing
Ray Cavill’s work Fusion Bowl will be fired in situ on two evenings during the exhibition. With temperatures reaching over 1000 degrees, this firing will be visually impressive with fascinating first hand explanation of the intricate process given by the artist. The clay firings will take place on the Saturday evenings at sculpture site 6.
DETAILS: from 6pm Saturdays 15th & 22nd.
The clay firing is weather dependent check at the Info Hub, facebook & twitter for updates
Dark Neon is a collective night projection, a contemporary art process that combines cinematic technology with moving images. Invited Gold Coast artists Mariam Arcilla, Alex Chomicz, Jason Nelson and Damien O’Mara are prominent contemporary artists with extensive credentials in film, contemporary arts, and literature. Through collaboration, they will engage the ‘night walkers’ and audiences of the Swell Sculpture Festival with their own individual digital narrative response creating a whole new dimension to the world of sculpture, as we know it.
DETAILS: Most evenings between 7pm - 9pm
The projections are weather dependent check at the Info Hub, facebook & twitter for updates
What would happen if the Swell sculptures came to life? What would they do? Where would they go? What would be their journey? These are some of the questions being put to the Junior Film Excellence students at Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, who are currently in the process of developing a short Claymation Project that brings the Swell Sculpture Festival to life.
Phillip Piperides is recognised in Australia and internationally as a master craftsman with an extensive history in modeling, casting and finishing. Visitors will have an amazing opportunity to learn from this figurative master a range of traditional techniques to modeling a torso from a live model.
DETAILS: 9AM - 4PM Friday September 21 Alley Board Riders Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach. SOLD OUT!
Swell Yanguwah Experience
The Swell Yanguwah Experience at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will immerse you in an engaging evening of Indigenous Australia, native wildlife, artist talks and sculpture. The experience includes a traditional welcome ceremony, Kup Murri feast, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander song and dance performances and an introduction to native Australian animals, indigenous art and their connection to Aboriginal people. MORE INFO
Gourmet BBQs & Ice Cream
Experience the culinary delights of local chefs from the Beach Shack Café during the exhibition weekends and cool down with a delicious ice-cream from the local, traditional whippy style van.
Alternatively park at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Car Park - Tomewin Street, for a flat fee of $5 with proceeds directed back to Swell Sculpture Festival’s Charity of Choice – Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.