2023 ARTIST BIOS | Robina State High School & Sean Winter

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Robina State High School – Sean Winter in collaboration with 20 students

About Sean Winter

Sean Winter is an experienced Industrial Technology and Design teacher currently working at Robina State High School and living on Currumbin hill for over 25 years. Through collaboration with his design, engineering, construction students and fellow teachers he has been able to incorporate elements of the curriculum into real life design challenges. He is passionate about fishing, surfing, diving, surf life saving and teaching. Sean has a formative symbiotic relationship with the ocean. His involvement in the local Currumbin Surf Club spans more than a quarter of a century. Sean hopes to raise awareness of the threat to fish stocks and the fishing industry through this sculpture and wants to influence his students and audience to reflect on the challenges currently impacting marine environments with constructive, positive dialogue and responses.

2023 SWELL ARTWORK – Palmy Macks

Palm Beach Reef is the largest coral reef system on the Gold Coast. Fishing at Palmy reef is one of the best local spots to target and catch mackerel. New fishery management arrangements for Spanish mackerel have been introduced from October 2022, helping to restore depleted stocks and protect  jobs in the fishing industry for future generations. Changes to bag limits and no catch closure periods directly impact local fishing. Audiences of the sculpture are encouraged to reflect more broadly on the plight of fish stocks locally, nationally and globally. 

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 8th – 17th September