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The annual SWELL Sculpture Festival is a free and all-inclusive 10-day outdoor sculpture exhibition, by the people for the people. Each sculpture tells its own unique story and collectively the exhibition speaks the story of SWELL Sculpture Festival 2023, marking the 21st exhibition, a celebration of connecting people, art and place.

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. Visitors are invited to immerse on their own level and pace with the sculptures set amongst the natural landscape.

Delve deeper into the unique artistic elements programmed each year by attending artist talks, guided walks and participate in sculptural workshops. 

Additionally, pop up exhibitions will be presented across the City of Gold Coast.

Dates for planning your SWELL adventure are:

SWELL Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach, 8 – 17 September

SWELL Kids Elements at Currumbin Beach, 8 – 17 September

SWELL Fringe Festival at Currumbin Beach, 8 – 17 September

SWELL Smalls Gallery at Currumbin Beach, 8 – 17 September

northerlySWELL at Helensvale Cultural Precinct & Library, 1 – 26 September

easterlySWELL at Chevron Island Park, Surfers Paradise, 31 August – 3 September

SWELL at Gold Coast Airport, Bilinga, 1 – 17 September

SWELL at Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach, 1 – 17 September

SWELL at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach, 1 September – 1 October

Link to Guided Sculpture Walks

SWELL Sculpture Festival is Queensland’s premier outdoor sculpture festival, with the signature exhibition presenting over 180 Australian and international 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 vast coastal landscape will be home to the iconic outdoor gallery for its twenty-first year.

Since the first exhibition in 2003, SWELL Sculpture has flourished as one of Queensland’s leading arts organisations. Celebrating 21 years of sculpture in 2023, SWELL has a proven record of delivering high quality arts and culture experiences for large and diverse audiences to enjoy. SWELL is accessible, authentic, unique, driven and dedicated to providing a platform for artists to showcase their works in public spaces for audiences to be wowed.

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2023 will deliver over 75 large scale sculptures and over 40 smaller scale works of art, accompanied by performing arts created by nationally and internationally renowned artists.

SWELL is a manifestation of conceptions and visual commentary presenting small, medium and large-scale sculpture installations, and digital works, workshops and activations as a FREE outdoor gallery at Currumbin Beach, September 8 – 17, 2023.

IMAGE: COVER – Living Together by Nadine Schmoll, Image by Natasha Edwards and Ravel. Living Together by Nadine Schmoll, Image by Natasha Edwards. Bathing Boxes by Clayton Blake, Image by Leximagery. cookie by parthenopi, Image by Leximagery. Salvage/Selvage by Brigid Vidler, Image by Leximagery. Ulysses’ Shipwreck by Irene Messia, Image by PBR Images. SWELL Art Party, Image by Leximagery. A Healing Journey by Collaboration, Image by Katie Bennett Embellysh. Industrial Wildflowers by Carolyn Donovan, Image by Leximagery.