Oliver Howes is a local Queensland artist. His work Big Fish is a big bamboo fish semi-submerged in the sand; origins unknown. Did it emerge from beneath the surface of the earth or was it pulled from the sea by some divine calling? Did it always possess this woody hard exterior or was it once
Barbara Licha is a New South Wales artist who lives in Sydney. Her work Gold Coast CBD Sunny One Day Perfect the Next. As humans, we are connected to each other, but also to the places we inhabit. Our cities are admired, as are their development and their atmosphere. I wish to bring to the

IN CONVERSATION WITH ELIZABETH POOLE

Elizabeth Poole is a Queensland artist who lives on the Sunshine Coast. Her work Rebirth: Blooming Yellow Wave / Medals Blooms is a reflection of an earlier installation during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Writer Nicole Browne spoke with Elizabeth about what inspires her art practice, her connection with nature and how this evolves

IN CONVERSATION WITH SEABASTION TOAST

“I USE PLEIN AIR PAINTING (AND INDEED ALL STUDIES FROM LIFE) AS AN EXERCISE TO PUSH ME OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE AND ENGAGE DIRECTLY WITH THE SUBJECT IN A LESS STATIC MANNER.” Write Nicole Browne took time with Seabastion Toast to find out how she discovered Plein Air Painting and how it consistently inspires

IN CONVERSATION WITH GLENN BARRY

“THESE STORIES AND THIS DISCOVERY OF MY ABORIGINAL HERITAGE, THE CONVERSATIONS, CONNECTIONS, IS WHERE ART FOUND ME. THE ART FOUND ME AMONGST MY IDENTITY.” GLENN BARRY IS A QUEENSLAND ARTIST WHO LIVES ON THE GOLD COAST. HIS WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH BRIAN KEAYES LIGHT ROCK COMMENTS ON A CONTEMPORARY WORLD, WHILE UTILSING SOME ASPECT OF

IN CONVERSATION WITH CATE COLLOPY

Cate Collopy is a Queensland artist who lives in Brisbane. Her work Fantastic Plastic – Land, Sea and Air Penetrato has a strong environmental focus with a playful yet calculated message. Writer Nicole Browne spoke with Cate about what provokes the environmental themes in her work and about life as an art therapist. Fantastic Plastic is the

IN CONVERSATION WITH IVAN LOVATT

IN CONVERSATION WITH IVAN LOVATT “TAKE AN ORDINARY PIECE OF MATERIAL AND DON’T NECESSARILY MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF THAT MATERIAL BUT TURN IT INTO SOMETHING ELSE, SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THAT MATERIAL, AND SEE WHERE YOU CAN APPLY THAT TO CREATE SOMETHING – ART DOESN’T NEED TO RECOGNISABLE”   Ivan Lovatt is a

THE HEALING MOVEMENT OF ART THERAPY

Writer Katlyn Anderson How art reduces anxiety and depression A great deal of research has been conducted in recent years on the effect that both viewing and creating art can have on supporting people’s mental health. The findings have been incredibly encouraging and many studies show that art therapy is particularly effective at helping alleviate symptoms
‘I HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT MUSIC FEEDS ART AND ART FEEDS MUSIC.’ Rebecca Cunningham is a Gold Coast artist and exhibited at SWELL for the first time in 2015. This year, Rebecca is hosting Life Drawing Workshops at SWELL. Writer Nicole Browne learns more about Rebecca’s inspiration, process and why art and music are intrinsic
Jo Elliott is an emerging artist from Sawtell, NSW and is exhibiting at SWELL for the first time. Writer Nicole Browne spoke with Jo about how she came to exhibit at SWELL, and what informs her artistic process.   JO: This is my first year exhibiting at SWELL, and I am really excited to be a