First images from 2023 Swell Sculpture Festival … WOW!

Nearly 200 artists have contributed to 75 large-scale installations along the beautiful stretch of Currumbin Beach as Queensland’s biggest outdoor art show – SWELL Sculpture Festival kicks off.

2023 Swell Sculpture Festival Gold Coast Serenity

Serenity, by Frances Scherrer. Credit: Jiayuan Tyr Liang


SWELL Sculpture Festival Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Natasha Edwards says the event has had an influx of entries this year and they have accepted the highest number of works to date.

“SWELL has earned a reputation as a launching pad for emerging artists, propelling them towards successful careers in the art world,” she adds, emphasising the festival’s role in connecting people, art, and the natural environment,” says Ms Edwards.

“The coastal landscape provides an ideal backdrop for sculptures that provide thought and leave a strong visual impact.”


2023 Swell Sculpture Festival Gold Coast Octopus Dreaming

Octopus Dreaming by Jobella Bennett. Credit: Jiayuan Tyr Liang


2023 Swell Sculpture Festival Gold Coast Palmy Macks

Palmy Macks, Sean WInter and Robina State High Students. Credit: Leximagry


2023 Swell Sculpture Festival Gold Coast Storm's Herald

Storm’s Herald by Christian Newton. Credit: Jiayuan Tyr Liang

SWELL is not only an exhibition of artistic creativity but also a platform for fostering connections, inspiring contemplation and promoting positive change through the language of sculpture.

New this year is a focus on digital installations, wearable art, activities for kids and a revamped miniature gallery – the SMALLS exhibition.

The free 10-day festival features large-scale sculptures, installations, digital artworks, and performance art from local, interstate and international artists.

SWELL Sculpture Festival is an award-winning, not-for-profit arts organisation that connects people, art and place. Providing a platform for artists to showcase their works and to build sustainable careers in the Arts. The Arts weave the cultural fabric of communities, bringing intergenerational audiences together to build meaningful memories that will last a lifetime.

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