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Swell Sculpture Festival 2021

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Swell Sculpture Festival is a free outdoor art exhibition connecting artists, the environment and art enthusiasts. The Swell Sculpture Exhibition marks its 19th year in 2021, delivering a great number of stunning sculptures in the enchanting beauty of the Gold Coast's Currumbin shoreline.

Swell Sculpture Exhibition, Outdoor, Currumbin Swell, Gold Coast, Christopher Trotter, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Live Saving Club, Currumbin Beach,
These sails represent the grand sailing ships which transported and delivered people in miserable conditions. The title of this artwork is Sorrow . The artist is Jacqueline Damon, NSW, 2020. The sculpture is made of silk fabric, timber and stainless steel wire. Photo by Author.


In 2002, Natasha Edwards and Kylie Mitchell-Smith imagined and then created an art experience free for everyone to enjoy, especially families with children, on the beautiful Currumbin beaches.

Swell Sculpture Exhibition, Outdoor, Currumbin Swell, Gold Coast, Christopher Trotter, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Live Saving Club, Currumbin Beach, Jacqueline Damon, Swamp Hens, Brian Bertram,
Swamp Hens made by Brian Bertram, NSW. Painted steel and fiberglass. Swell 2020. You have to look at this sculpture from a distance to be able to discern a small group of birds. This sculpture wants to point out the effect of scale, distance and perception of the forms. Photo by Author.


Swell has kept growing over the years, attracting many people to enjoy the interesting sculptures on the beach.

Swell Sculpture Exhibition, Outdoor, Currumbin Swell, Gold Coast, Christopher Trotter, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Live Saving Club, Currumbin Beach, Jacqueline Damon, Swamp Hens, Brian Bertram, Foreigner, Contortion, Clayton Blake,
Sculpture by Clayton Blake, QLD, Contortion. Sometimes something is complex and difficult to follow as a result of being deliberately distorted and twisted. In particular, the Artist refers to the pandemic and the necessity of clear and honest information. The sculpture is made up of plastic. Photo by Author.


Today the swell lasts ten days, showcasing magnificent artworks full of imagination and beauty. In particular, Swell becomes very suggestive at sunset, when the colours of the sky and sea change and the lights on the sculptures light up.

The Swell Festival is the largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition in Queensland, showcasing the artwork by renowned local, national and international artists.

Christopher Trotter has been exhibiting his sculptures since 2003.

Swell Sculpture Exhibition, Outdoor, Currumbin Swell, Gold Coast, Christopher Trotter, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Live Saving Club, Currumbin Beach, Jacqueline Damon, Swamp Hens, Brian Bertram, Foreigner,
This sculpture was exhibited at the 2020 Swell by Christopher Trotter, Qld. The title of the sculpture is Foreign. It is made up of recycled metal and objects. This artwork supports the Foreign Body Series, as well as Trotter's long-standing Yellow Period. Photo by Author.


Every year, the sculptures are different and unique thanks to the energy and newfound inspirations by the artists. The sculptures explore diverse topics including the environment, crises, history, and nature.

Swell Sculpture Exhibition, Outdoor, Currumbin Swell, Gold Coast, Christopher Trotter, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Live Saving Club, Currumbin Beach, Jacqueline Damon, Swamp Hens, Brian Bertram, Foreigner, Contortion, Clayton Blake,
Swell 2020. Photo by Author.


Each year, many volunteers get involved in Swell, sharing the same vision of developing an outdoor art exhibition. Swell is accessible for all people offering an outdoor gallery and art spaces in strong connection with nature. The background of the sculptures is the sea, the sky and the beach of Currumbin. The exhibition covers the areas between two very iconic rocks at Currumbin Beach, Currumbin Rock and Elephant Rock.

Swell Sculpture Exhibition, Outdoor, Currumbin Swell, Gold Coast, Christopher Trotter, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Live Saving Club, Currumbin Beach, Jacqueline Damon, Swamp Hens, Brian Bertram, Foreigner, Contortion, Clayton Blake, Currumbin Rock, Elephant Rock,
Currumbin Rock is an iconic landmark on the Currumbin beach. Every Swell has different sculptures. Photo by Author.


Year after year, Swell offers the opportunity for visitors to take beautiful photos of the sculptures. The experiences stay ingrained in the minds of children and adults. In particular, children can immerse themselves in a new dimension of art, environment and landscape.

Swell Sculpture Exhibition, Outdoor, Currumbin Swell, Gold Coast, Christopher Trotter, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Live Saving Club, Currumbin Beach, Jacqueline Damon, Swamp Hens, Brian Bertram, Foreigner, Contortion, Clayton Blake, Currumbin Rock, Elephant Rock,
Swell 2020. Photo by Author.


Artist awards were introduced such as the Environmental Awareness Award, Emerging Artist Award and the Gold Coast City Council Acquisition, which has led to a sculpture trail around the coast with Swell works a predominant portion of this trail. A Major Award of $15,000 is a drawcard for many Artists.

Swell Sculpture Exhibition, Outdoor, Currumbin Swell, Gold Coast, Christopher Trotter, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Live Saving Club, Currumbin Beach, Jacqueline Damon, Swamp Hens, Brian Bertram, Foreigner, Contortion, Clayton Blake, Currumbin Rock, Elephant Rock,
Swell 2020. Photo by Author.


Swell is great value in the education of the audience to arts, culture, creativity and imagination. Swell is also a great platform for emerging, mid-career and professional artists alike. Swell encourages the sharing of stories through visual arts and performing arts.

Swell is a free exhibition and it is open all through the day for ten days from 10-19 September 2021. The vast audience can engage in different displays of sculptures and exhibits. There is the opportunity to talk with artists, as well as a different number of entertainments for adults and children.
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Where: Pacific Parade, Currumbin QLD 4223
Cost: Free
Your Comment
The variety of styles of sculpture is impressive.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9023) 46 days ago
Weird, but wonderful Cris. Also impressive.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3114) 46 days ago
I can highly recommend this event too
by May Cross (score: 3|8029) 46 days ago
I have been there a couple of times already and will be going again this year. It's a great event, a lot of work goes into it by the artists and also the organisers of course. Parking can be a problem, I park in one of the streets and walk there. Thanks.
by telor (score: 2|184) 45 days ago
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