Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations      HubGarden      Recipes
1 million Australian readers every month      list your event

Swell Sculpture Festival 2013

Home > Gold Coast > Art | Beaches | Exhibitions | September
by Damsel Martin (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, blogger and animal wrangler living in Brisbane's western suburbs. Many of my stories offer great giveaways to readers - subscribe to hear about them first.
Event: -
Sculptures take over the Currumbin beachfront in Swell move
swell sculpture ocean currumbin festival gold coast
Currumbin's annual sculpture festival promises a swell time for all. Image courtesy Swell Sculpture Festival facebook page.

From Sydney and Perth's Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions through to the breathtaking Museo Subacuatico de Arte off the shores of Mexico's Cancun, there's something about sculpture and saltwater that goes together, much like fish and chips or surf and turf.

But my favourite combination of this classic pairing is the Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast.

Over 10 sun-drenched days from 13-22 September, visitors to this free festival can enjoy and explore more than 50 provocative works by local, national and international artists.

Included in the line-up is Belgian artist, climber and cellist Georges Cuvillier who started building a towering structure of bamboo long before the festival proper started.

But there are a host of others who have all contributed to this year's record number of sculptures.

swell sculpture festival currumbin gold coast beach
Exhibiting artist Marie-France Rose will guide masterclass participants through a sculptural experience to make a voluptuous body form. Image courtesy Swell Sculpture Festival.
How about after dark? From dusk, a selection of sculptures will be lit up to provide a fresh perspective on their charms.

There are also guided twilight walks led by senior curator of the Gold Coast Art Gallery Virginia Rigney and artist Dr Haya Cohen, as well as fire performers and live music on selected evenings.

In fact, there's so much else going on, you can almost forget the main drawcard is the collection of sculptures dotting the sand.

Education and erudition are as much priorities as exhibition and exploration, with daily artist talks, conversations with The 7.30 Report's Kathy McLeish, and childrens' workshops.

An artist masterclass will be held on 20 September which will allow participants to transform their own designs into finished pieces ready for firing. (Tip for prospective students: bring photos or sketches of your ideas for best results.)

swell sculpture festival currumbin gold coast beach
The Swell Smalls Gallery is an exhibition of smaller works by exhibiting artists that will allow visitors to experience sculpture at an intimate level. Monte Lupo Arts' piece entitled Mermaid Sleeping'. Image courtesy Swell Sculpture Festival.

The nearby Swell Smalls Gallery will also allow festival-goers to sample sculptures on a smaller scale - and perhaps allow you to purchase scaled down works at an affordable price.

Other special features of the Swell Sculpture Festival include a treasure hunt, a street troupe, live T-shirt printing, a photography competition and gourmet eats.

Oh, and did I mention ... lots of sculptures?
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  26
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Bring a beach towel and enjoy the art
When: 13-22 September, all hours
Phone: 07 5525 6392
Where: Waikiki 800 Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach
Cost: Free to view exhibition, workshops cost extra
Your Comment
The Mermaid head it lovely; it looks a bit like part of a figure head from a ship.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11543) 1535 days ago
Articles from other cities
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Related
by Roy Chambers on 27/08/2017
by Gary Brown on 04/06/2015
by Marina Marangos on 15/09/2015
by Susan Jackson on 22/06/2014
by Sarah Says on 19/09/2014
by Susan Jackson on 15/09/2013
by Sarah Says on 28/09/2012
by imaluda on 27/07/2012
by Susan Jackson on 27/08/2012
by Susan Jackson on 01/10/2012
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions