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Celebrating 19 years of connecting people, art, and place, the annual SWELL Sculpture Festival is a free and all-inclusive 10-day outdoor sculpture exhibition, by the people for the people. A celebration of narratives and stories spoken through the artworks produced by local, national, and international artists. Visitors are invited to immerse on their own level and pace with the sculptures set amongst the natural landscape.

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021 will deliver 65+ large-scale sculptural works of art by nationally and internationally renowned artists, to be presented as a free public exhibition between 10– 19 September 2021 along Currumbin Beach.

From dawn until dusk and into nightfall the sculptures will amaze, delight and inspire as Currumbin Beach is transformed into an unmissable outdoor gallery experience as each sculpture tells its own unique story and collectively as an exhibition speak the story of SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021, marking the nineteenth exhibition, a celebration of connecting people, art and place.

Information hubs are open from 8 am until 5 pm daily along the beachfront from 10-19 September. For the early bird’s, printed programs are available from the Currumbin General Store next to The Salt Mill, Pacific Parade, Currumbin.

Additionally, pop-up exhibitions will be presented as westerlySWELL in The Village Green, Mudgeeraba and Syd Duncan Park, Lower Beechmont, northerlySWELL in the Library and Cultural Precinct, Helensvale, easterlySWELL at Chevron Island Park, Chevron Island,  SWELL Smalls Gallery, and SWELL Fringe Festival at Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters.

Dates for planning your SWELL adventure are;

SWELL Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach, 10 – 19 September

SWELL Kids Elements at Currumbin Beach, 10-19 September

SWELL Smalls Gallery at Dust Temple, Currumbin,  5 – 19 September

SWELL Fringe Festival at Dust Temple, Currumbin, 3 – 19 September

westerlySWELL at Mudgeeraba Village Green, Mudgeeraba and Syd Duncan Park, Lower Beechmont, 1 – 19 September

northerlySWELL at Helensvale Cultural Precinct and Library, Helensvale,  1 – 19 September

easterlySWELL at Chevron Island Park, Chevron Island, 10 – 19 September


SWELL Sculpture Festival (SWELL) is Queensland’s premier outdoor sculpture festival, in 2021 the signature exhibition will present up to seventy Australian and international sculptural artworks created by over one hundred and forty-five artists to captivate the hearts and minds of a large and diverse audience of visitors set between two iconic giant rock formations along the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Beach.

The main exhibition along Currumbin Beach will be accompanied by SWELL Kids Elements, an interactive sculpture park for families to enjoy, performance art, outdoor cinema, sculpture workshops and masterclasses, outdoor kids’ library, guided sculpture walks, artists talks and panels, private soirees and more.

Across the City of Gold Coast, SWELL will connect people, art and place through the presentation of pop-up exhibitions, installations and activations in public places and existing creative spaces include SWELL Fringe and Smalls Gallery at Dust Temple, westerlySWELL at Mudgeeraba and Lower Beechmont, easterlySWELL at Chevron Island and northerlySWELL at Helensvale.

SWELL is a festival of experiences, a sensory symphony, an opportunity to bring together individual and collective imagining to encourage positive change. SWELL invites artists to tell their stories through public art, encouraging and supporting artistic excellence and vibrancy. SWELL creates cultural experiences for diverse intergenerational audiences to immerse in. Encouraging open dialogue, discussion of contemporary issues, building social cohesion and stimulating a greater sense of place and belonging. Being consciously inclusive and respectful of artists and audiences from all backgrounds.

Artworks explore an abundance of topics including cultural stories, ecology, nature and natural processes, human nature, life and health cultural stories crisis, politics, community, and environment. Mediums for sculpture resolve include concrete, stainless steel, copper, bronze, wood, glass, plastic, natural fibres, fibreglass, bamboo, Corten steel, wire, silk, stone, aluminum and more.

SWELL Sculpture (SWELL) is one of Australia’s leading public art organisations, featuring on the world stage, presenting public art, promoting artists and provoking public engagement with art.

Celebrating nineteen years of connecting people, art and place in 2021, SWELL prides itself on nurturing and supporting national and international, emerging, mid-career and professional artists to build sustainable careers. Inspiring and encouraging collaborations. Forging forward to fortify the thriving longevity of the organisation, of the arts community. Significantly contributing to Queensland’s supercharged arts, culture, creative past and exciting future, SWELL is driven by values including excellence, experiential, inclusivity, and collaboration while promoting artists and provoking public engagement with art and community.

Everyone is welcome to come along and immerse at their own level.

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Images: Spherophyte by Alex Sanson Photo supplied by Artist. SWELL Sculpture Festival 2020, photo taken by PBR Images