Currumbin Beach has been transformed into an outdoor gallery complete with impressive one-off works of art for the 17th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival, which is on until Sunday 23 September.
The free family-friendly exhibition features 52 works this year, which span more than 1 km along the foreshore.
SWELL Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Natasha Edwards said SWELL delivers surprises every year and 2019 is no different.
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“We have curated an exhibition that showcases all walks of life, unique perspectives and different styles, and while each artwork tells its own story, they combine for a greater story when brought together,” she said.
“Our artists use sculpture to tell the story of what’s happening in both our community and on a global scale and our outdoor gallery is the perfect backdrop for ideas, concepts and stories to be shared.
“It may be daunting for some people to step into a gallery but this festival makes art and sculpture accessible. SWELL has always been about people, art and place and I’m incredibly proud of the tribe that comes together each year to make it a reality.”
Artists at this year’s festival are in the running to share $27,500 in award money, with the major winner to take home $15,000 in cash.
Reinforcing its reputation as a fully interactive experience, SWELL will once again roll out a program of complementary events including artists talks, guided twilight walks, a pop-up film screening of environmental documentary Rubber Jellyfish and a Limestone Carving Sculptural Masterclass with Antone Bruinsma.
For more information, visit www.swellsculpture.com.au