The iconic Swell Sculpture Festival is back for its 14th year, bringing 10 days of intriguing artworks to the southern Gold Coast. From 9th to 18th September 2016, Currumbin Beach will host the collection of over 50 large and small scale sculptured works by 55 local, national and international artists. The exhibition will be open all hours, with the night time viewing offering a different perspective as sculptures are lit up under the southern sky.
An exciting selection of cutting-edge artists has been selected for the festival, representing some of the finest sculptural talent from Australia, New Zealand and Colombia. The collection of sculptures ranges from the fun and whimsical to thought-provoking pieces highlighting a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues.
Highlights of this year’s line-up include 'Big Alphy’, also known as The Alpha Turtle, a giant inflatable turtle from Far North Queensland artist BJ Price, a giant Scrabble word from Colombian based artist Emma Anna, and Antidote, a collaborative piece between Gold Coast local Andrew Cullen and students from Helensvale State High School.
Aside from wandering amongst the fascinating range of sculptures along the beach, you can also take part in a variety of talks from the artists, enjoy a guided twilight walk, participate in artist master classes and children's workshops. There will also be performance art, music, yoga amongst the sculptures and culinary treats.
After enjoying a day in the sun, you can grab a bite to eat at one of The Strand’s tempting beachfront dining options, such as Bin 72
, then grab a drink at The Coolanagatta Hotel
, one of Australia’s best live entertainment venues.