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Get ready because it’s time for the 2022 SWELL Sculpture Festival. Observe around 70 sizable contemporary sculptures within Currumbin Beach’s natural surroundings in Queensland from September 9 to 18. 

Kylie Mitchell-Smith and Natasha Edwards came up with the idea for SWELL. Their concept, which they called SWELL Sculpture Festival, was ambitious and challenging yet focused on producing work in a welcoming setting. The first event, which featured 23 sculptures, took place in September 2003. With an exhibition of works featuring top-tier Queensland artists Christopher Trotter and Andy Scott (Scotland) and UK artist Nick Horrigan, the outdoor exhibit increased its visibility on the Queensland art scene in 2004. The event expanded to ten days in 2005 and featured the well-liked SWELL Smalls Gallery.

The SWELL Sculpture Festival, a 10-day outdoor sculpture show organised by the people for the people, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022. A celebration of narratives and stories told via the works created by local, national, and worldwide artists is something you don’t want to miss.

Additionally, there will be pop-up exhibits across the City of Gold Coast. Below are events you can attend at the 2022 SWELL Sculpture Festival.

SWELL Smalls Gallery

SWELL Smalls Gallery Marquee, Currumbin Beach

Over 50 more miniature sculptures will be at the pop-up SWELL Smalls Gallery. Take an original piece of art home to add to your collection, and cast your vote for your favourite Small sculpture in the SWELL Smalls Gallery People’s Choice award, which Tugun Market Co sponsors.

SWELL Masterclasses

Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach

All levels of art and sculpture enthusiasts are welcome to attend SWELL Masterclasses. Learn from SWELL artists – LexImagery, Kathy Mackey, Desert Rain-Magpie Collective, Cam Crossley, Jo Norton, Monte Lupo, Carol McGregor, Bella Cameron, Nat Pop, Claudia De Salvo, Norton Fredricks (Retritus), and Parthenopi! These are just a few of the incredible artists and arts professionals who are bringing you masterclasses.

There are more than 13 masterclass options at SWELL, offering a wide variety. Then you can bring your creations home and share them with loved ones.

SWELL Fringe

Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach

The SWELL Fringe and Bar is in the Fringe Pavilion. The Fringe Bar will be available for refreshments on weekdays at 4 p.m. and on weekends at noon, bringing this cozy creative space to life each evening with artistic programs. Your appetites will be satisfied by the fantastic food sellers The Spanish Catering, SeaViche, and The Banger Bar.

Clayton Blake at Tugun Market Co. 

Tugun Market Co.

Clayton Blake, a SWELL artist, makes an appearance at Tugun Market Co. for the SWELL Sculpture Festival. Australian-born installation artist Clayton Blake is well known for his wondrous works incorporating numerous sculptures and architectural components. He transforms commonplace items and materials for specific artistic and architectural purposes.

The 20th SWELL Sculpture Festival has all of these things and more. Make sure you reserve accommodation in advance to avoid missing the event you want to attend.

Book Your SWELL Sculpture Festival Accommodation

Consider staying in the area where the sun and winds from the ocean are beckoning you. Visit the 2nd Avenue Beachside Apartments and arrange a stay! The accommodation has a wide selection of Burleigh Heads accommodation where you can easily access both Burleigh and the breathtaking Gold Coast.

Their beachfront Burleigh Heads apartments offer everything, including free WiFi, roomy, fully equipped quarters, and private balconies with truly breathtaking ocean and beach views. Staying here gives you access to the resort’s amenities, including a tennis court, two pools, two spas, a steam room, and more!

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Gold Coast 4220 Australia
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