VIDEO: Sculpture festival to be Swell once again

More than 275,000 visitors are expected to hit the beach at Currumbin over the next ten days to enjoy an incredible open-air gallery along the sand.

The Swell Sculpture Festival kicks off on Friday with 50 artworks by talented Australian and international artists set to amaze the public.


Swell Sculpture Festival co-founder and curator Natasha Edwards said she was thrilled to witness the culmination of months of planning for Queensland’s largest outdoor art exhibition.

“It is amazing to see all the hard work and collaboration between our team and the artists come to life so quickly,” Ms Edwards said.“We have an incredible line-up of 50 sculptures from artists across Australia, New Zealand and Colombia, and we can’t wait for the public to come along and immerse themselves in the diversity and sheer imagination of the sculptures on show this year.”

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Some of the not-to-be-missed installations include a giant inflatable sea turtle called Alphie by artist BJ Price, two enormous deck chairs entitled With You by first-time Swell artists Derek and Katie Hooper and a seven-metre-high pyramid constructed from donated bread crates called Project Bread by artist Clayton Thompson.

In addition to the contemporary artworks on display, visitors can enjoy an exciting program of free live entertainment, masterclasses, kids’ activities, artist talks, twilight sculpture walks, yoga amongst the sculptures and more.

Laying the perfect soundtrack to the festival, Swell Sounds at The Green Stage is a free showcase of live music from the finest of local artists, featuring a cool selection of tunes taking in groove, roots, R&B, soul, reggae and brass-fuelled funk and ska.

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For those wanting to get hands-on, Swell’s masterclasses and workshops for all ages includes the always popular Monte Lupo Masterclass, and for the kids; Creature Weavers with Velvet Pesu will see children design and create their own creature from a vast array of vibrant colours and recycled textures.

A popular addition to the festival schedule, Salute to Sculpture returns for a third year, presenting morning yoga on Thursday, September 15 from 6am, while Light Landscape is a new event that will see 3,000 candles emerging as a vivid display of light set amongst Currumbin Beach on Saturday, September 17 at 5.45pm.

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