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Swell Sculpture Festival 2015 - Currumbin Beach

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
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Check out the great sculpture at Currumbin Beach.

Now in its 13th year the annual Swell Sculpture Festival will be open from the 11th to the 20th of September 2015. This Festival/Exhibition will have up to 60 sculptures from local to nationally and internationally.

Swell Sculpture Festival 2015. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

This Festival/Exhibition is open to the public 24 hours a day for 10 days and is free to attend.

Swell Sculpture Festival provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit in a highly regarded exhibition set within a visually stimulating, expansive coastal landscape, where you the public can view all the pieces at your leisure.

Not only does the Festival/Exhibition give you the opportunity to view all these magnificent art pieces, it gives the artists and chance to win a series of awards for their creative hard work.

This year the City of the Gold Coast will be sponsoring the $15,000 Swell Sculpture Award, plus the existing $3,000 Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC People's Choice Award, $3,000 Kids' Choice Award, $2,000 Max Fabre Foundation Environmental Awareness Award, $1,500 Jennie Neumann OAM Emerging Artist Award, plus many more awards totalling $27,000.


The Swell Sculpture Festival Award - $15,000 was judged by Chris Saines, Director of the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art and was won by Daniel Clemmett for Keeping up with the Kalashnikovs.

Keeping up with the Kalashnikovs by Daniel Clemmett. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

The Max Fabre Foundation Environmental Awareness Award - $2,000 was selected by Katrina Brown & Leanne Sanderson and won by Mike van Dam for Intervention.

Intervention by Mike van Dam. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

The Jennie Neumann OAM Emerging Artist Award - $1,500 was selected by Jennie Neumann's Family and won by Glen Star for Erebus.

Erebus by Glen Star. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

The Groove Cafe Artist Peer Award - $500 was selected by the 2014 Exhibiting Artists and was won by Jina Lee for Harmony.

Harmony by Jina Lee. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

The Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC People's Choice Award - $3,000 was voted for by Visitors to the Exhibition and was won by Ivan Lovatt for Wolf.

Wolf by Ivan Lovatt. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

The School of Humanities Griffith University Kids' Choice Award - $3,000 voted for by the Little Visitors to the Exhibition and was won by Filthy Luker & Pedro Estrellas for Octopus Attacks.

Octopus Attacks by Filthy Luker & Pedro Estrellas. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

Octopus Attacks by Filthy Luker & Pedro Estrellas. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

The Way of Design Swell Smalls Gallery People's Choice Award - $500 was selected by Visitors to the Exhibition and was won by Ivan Lovatt for Peanut.

Peanut by Ivan Lovatt. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

The question will be, "Who will win the awards for 2015?"


The Swell Sculpture Festival is situated along Pacific Parade at Currumbin in Queensland and stretches for about a 1km. You can get there by walking, on a bike, in a car and by bus or train. If you are travelling by car you will find that the parking along the Currumbin Beach foreshore is limited and busy during SWELL, so you may like to park at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for $8 all day parking and take a short 400m stroll to the Festival.

To help out visitors to the Festival, the event organisers have gone to the trouble of putting together a detail list of information for you if you are travelling by car, bus or train.

Click here to find out more information on how to get there.


While there you will need to visit one of the three Hubs to obtain information on what is on during the 10 days of the Festival. The Hub is open from 9am to 5am daily and will be located on the northern end, centrally and on the southern end of the 1km stretch of the walkway.

While at the Hub you will be able to find out more information on the following:

Purchase the exhibition program ($5) and Swell caps.
Obtain information about the children's weekend activities.
Book into the Master Classes.
Vote for your favourite sculpture in the People's and Kids' Choice Award. Place your entry in the barrel at The Hub to go into the draw for your own sculpture!
Enquire about purchasing a sculpture.
Artist talks.
Twilight walks.
Kids' workshops.
Swell Smalls Gallery - an exhibition of smaller works.


For those of you that are thinking of going to the Gold Coast for a holiday, you might like to coincide your holiday with the Swell Sculpture Festival and visit the exhibition not once, but a few times. Maybe you could you stroll along the Pacific Parade at Currumbin as the sun rises to get a different perspective of the sculptures as to when you walked through them during the day. Then come back at night to have a look at a selection of the exhibits that will be lit up after dark.

Click here for suggested accomodation.

Or while you are there, maybe you would like to visit a few of the other great attractions that the Gold Coast has on offer.

Wildlife Currumbin Sanctuary.

Wildlife Currumbin Sanctuary. Logo courtesy of Wlidlife Currumbin Sanctuary

Surfworld The history of Surfing.

Surfworld - The Gold Coast. Logo courtesy of Surfworld on the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast Theme Parks.

Sea World on the Gold Coast. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Dust Temple.

Why don't you visit the Dust Temple for a coffee. You may come across one of the artists while you are there. Photo courtesy of the Dust Temple.

So if you are in the neighbourhood or you are looking for something to do during that holiday, why don't you pack up a picnic lunch and take the family and friends along to view the Swell Sculpture Festival.
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Why? Experience a wonderous display of up to 60 sculptures that have been built by local, national and international artists.
When: Open all hours
Where: Currumbin Beach, Queensland
Cost: Free and open to the public
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