THE BOARD & Key Personnel





Lincoln Williams brings over two decades of professional experience within the photography, film and television industry. After Lincoln graduated in film and television he worked on the set of major television series and US feature films shot in Queensland, including Pitch Black, Street Fighter, Medivac and Cybergirl… all the way back to Paradise Beach in 1991. Concurrent to his work in drama, Lincoln worked for all of the major television networks on programs such as Gladiators, the Big Day Out, V8 Supercars, NRL, Super 15 Rugby Union, and a host of other sporting broadcasts including golf, surf lifesaving and swimming to mention a few. Lincoln has now channelled those skills into over a 1,000 projects and as Creative Director of Fotomedia, he has won Gold through the Australian Cinematography Society.




Glenn Barry has connections with the Gamilaraay - the First Nation peoples of Northern NSW. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours. Growing up on the Gold Coast, Glenn is proud to be recognised as someone who contributes to the local and national communities. He is well-known and respected across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services. I have established networks across the Gold Coast.

Competent in providing leadership and administration, Glenn has over 10 years’ experience in the secondary and tertiary sector (TAFE and University) as well as nearly 20 years’ experience as an artist and 15 years as a Chef/Hospitality. His focus has been in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services across the specialised educational arena. He is aware of wide-ranging circumstances that affect, challenge and also benefit First Nation people and looks to his elders for advice in complex situations.

His passions include cultural learning through tactile connections. He has had connections and appointments in places including Rural QLD: Torres Straits, Bamaga and NSW: Moree, as well as across remote Indonesia, Japan, USA and the Pacific Islands. He is a respected community member of the Murri Court for 7 years (QLD Magistrates) system and also as a Griffith University Council of Elders and Deputy Chair.

Glenn is passionate about the development and delivery of Cultural Awareness programs that allow the integration of new customs, taking into account the barriers, as a way of moving forward. His methodology incorporates process, perspective and narratives as research that enquires into notions of self-description and self-determination.



As CEO of National Trust in Queensland, I have the privilege of leading the amazing team of over 1000 employees, volunteers, and training participants.  I have been with National Trust for 6 years but was appointed to the role of CEO 3 years ago after a long career in marketing and sales. National Trust has 15 properties across the State from Currumbin to Cooktown with the largest and most iconic is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & Hospital.  We are a not-for-profit environmental charity committed to conserving and advancing our natural and cultural heritage for future generations to enjoy.  I am really motivated by our team and their passion to protect wildlife strength and resilience.  They drive me to do more, to uncover opportunities and to ensure everything we possibly can to protect wildlife.


As a local Currumbin resident, I am passionate about our community and promotion of the rich natural assets we have in Southern Gold Coast.  I am an advocate for ecotourism experience as a way to engage people to care for the environment.  I am delighted to be formerly part of the SWELL Sculpture Festival family after a long-standing relationship with SWELL and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.  We proudly have an Art trail through the Sanctuary in partnership with artists that have exhibited in previous SWELL Sculpture Festivals.  I am excited to see art brought to life in a way that is inclusive and accessible for all people.



The Southern Gold Coast has been my home, my working environment and playground for the last 22 years. I’m passionate about where I live and nurturing local business, community and the arts in this beautiful space we call home!

I am the Event Manager at The Valley Estate which is nestled in the Currumbin Valley. I watched the conceptual vision and the build of The Valley Estate to the establishment it is today and could not be prouder of the success to date and the team I work with daily.

I have worked on large scale projects in public spaces as a Project Manager, Operations Manager, Producer of Events including SWELL Sculpture Festival, Bleach Festival, Cooly Rock’s On, Kirra Kite Festival, Tugun Lights Up, Coolangatta Christmas Carols and Gold Coast Film Festival.

SWELL has been a big part of my working life for 20 years. I have had the privilege to work along side Natasha for many different roles within the festival over the years as Operations, Logistics and Producer. I have made everlasting friendships from past and present within the SWELL family, creating a platform for artists to communicate their inner expression via their artform as a response to our emotions.

SWELL has no boundaries regarding age, social demographic or disabilities, who come to enjoy and discover a world of creation on the foreshore of Currumbin. Artists from far, wide and near produce work to bring a larger-than-life scale of art to the city of the Gold Coast to be a part of this fabric for 20 years and the future is a privilege.




As Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the iconic SWELL Sculpture Festival, Natasha brings a wealth of artistic and business knowledge to the public art sector. In addition to curating and overseeing 21 years of SWELL, Natasha’s recent projects include work as curator of the ANZAC Day 100 Year centenary Poppies Project, curator of the Brisbane Airport Corporation ‘Art with Altitude’ exhibition and public art programming for the Gold Coast Rapid Transport Light Rail bid, Palm Beach Parklands, Surfers Paradise Alliance and installations for the Woodford Folk Festival. Awarded the City of Gold Coast 2013 Australia Day Cultural Achievement Award and an honorary life member of the Sculptors Society Gold Coast, Natasha is a dedicated and a passionate supporter of sculpture in public spaces, connecting people, art and place.



Dee’s focus is on facilitating a connection between people, art, culture and business. Holding a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and having worked in the arts and culture industry for years on many projects, we welcome Dee as Executive Director of SWELL Sculpture Festival. Dee’s passion for and appreciation of art combined with extensive accounts and finance work in both private and not for profit companies has led Dee to where she is today. Being an integral part of the SWELL Team for ten years with roles ranging from Volunteer Manager, Accounts Manager, Creative Producer, and Executive Director since 2018, Dee brings with her, the skill of high-level people management, operational and business nous.


Through a high-level curatorial approach SWELL will host new and exciting recognised national and international artists to attract substantial audience engagement and artistic inspiration. 

Swell will reshape the thinking around our environs and question the relationship with public space. Through stimulating and stirring visuals, swell will create viewer interactions that are dynamic in terms of art, identity, history and connection to place.

SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL CURATORIAL POLICY -  SWELL allows the artist full freedom of expression for all forms of sculpture. Sculptors must take into consideration the challenges of building for, and installing a sculpture in a natural landscape, and consider the safety and regulations of the beach and parklands. We encourage large art forms or artworks that have a large footprint simply because the beach is a vast open space and lends itself to sculptures that are durable and built for permanent installation.

Adam Lewczuk
Program Lead - Partnerships and Investment, Arts and Culture - City of Gold Coast

Alison Kubler
Director and Curator at Renshaw & Kubler
Editor of Vault New Art & Culture Magazine

Dr Laini Burton
Senior Lecturer - Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching at Queensland College of Art and Design, Griffith University

Natasha Edwards
SWELL Sculpture Festival
Lead Curator and Co-Founder

Troy Casey
Co-Founder and Director of Blaklash Creative

Adrian Carter, Architect MAA, PhD
Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, Queensland.
Professor of Architecture

Natasha Edwards
SWELL Sculpture Festival
Lead Curator and Co-Founder

Anita Holtsclaw PhD
Senior Arts & Culture Project Officer at City of Gold Coast

Philip Spelman

Adrian Carter, Architect MAA, PhD
Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, Queensland.
Professor of Architecture

Natasha Edwards
SWELL Sculpture Festival
Lead Curator and Co-Founder

Sam Creyton
Senior Curator HOTA Gallery, Home of the Arts

Elishia Whitchurch
Principal of Art & Design at UAP

Jenni Baxter
Independent Curator, Designer & Public Art Project Manager

Adrian Carter, Architect MAA, PhD
Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, Queensland.
Professor of Architecture

Natasha Edwards
SWELL Sculpture Festival
Lead Curator and Co-Founder

Rebecca Ross MFA
Sessional Academic Art & Design, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Director The Walls Artspace, Miami, Queensland.

Glenn Barry BFA & BD (H)
TAFE Queensland
Indigenous Elder. Artist. Indigenous Liaison & Student Support Officer. Artistic Director, Essence Art. Director, SWELL Sculpture Festival.

Dr Bianca Beetson
Griffith University
Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art Convenor

Natasha Edwards
SWELL Sculpture Festival
Lead Curator and Co Founder

Terri Lew
Gallery Director

Peta Rake
University of Queensland
Senior Curator

Dr Chris Bennie
Freelance Artist
Lecturer in Fine Art at Griffith University Queensland College of Art

Professor Dr Adrian Carter
Architect MAA, PhD,Head / Professor of Architecture/ Abedian School of Architecture
Faculty of Society and Design BOND UNIVERSITY

Susi Muddiman OAM
Art Gallery Director Community and Cultural Services
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre NSW

Christopher Trotter
Full time practicing artist
Creating public works for Government , Councils , Universities and Developers
Built Environment Queensland University of Technology

Natasha Edwards
Co-Founder + Artistic Director/ SWELL Sculpture Festival

John Stafford
Director / Creative Move

Jenni Baxter
Senior Arts and Culture Project Officer - Public Art, City of Gold Coast

Professor Adrian Carter
Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University

Ruth Della
Creative Director SWELL

Natasha Edwards
Curator SWELL

Isla Wilson
Curator, Dust Temple Gallery

Tracy Cooper-Lavery
Gallery Director, Gold Coast Art Gallery

Dr Chris Bennie
Artist & Lecturer Griffith University Queensland College of Art

Ruth Della
Creative Director, SWELL Sculpture Festival

Natasha Edwards
Director and Curator, SWELL Sculpture Festival

John Stafford
Director, Creative Move

Professor Derrick Cherrie
Director, Queensland College of Art

Ruth Della
Director, SWELL Sculpture Festival

Natasha Edwards
Director and Curator, SWELL Sculpture Festival

Simone Oriti
Curator | Creative Strategies, Urban Art Projects

Dr Daniel Templeman
Senior Public Art Officer, Brisbane City Council

Ruth Della
Director and Creative Producer, SWELL Sculpture Festival

Natasha Edwards
Director and Curator. SWELL Sculpture Festival

Dev Lengjel
Arts Curator

Professor Philip Follent

Matthew Tobin  
Director, Urban Art Projects