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The SWELL Sculpture Festival is back for 2021

Charntel Cleveland | September 2, 2021

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021

Currumbin on the Gold Coast will again become a hotspot of cultural celebration when the annual SWELL Sculpture Festival hits its shores from 10 – 19 September.

Queensland’s largest outdoor art exhibition is in its 19th year.

The free, all-ages event attracts locals and visitors alike, as festivalgoers meander along the beach while engaging with dozens of larger-than-life pieces.

This year will be no exception, with more than 65 large-scale artworks to be featured along Currumbin Beach.

Main exhibition held along Currumbin, Gold Coast, Queensland with experience pop up exhibitions across the Gold Coast including westerlySWELL at Mudgeeraba & Lower Beechmont, easterlySWELL at Chevron Island and northerlySWELL at Helensvale.

Also experience SWELL Smalls Gallery with cultural programming at The SWELL Fringe Festival in Currumbin.

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021
SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021
SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021
SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021
SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021
SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021

Enjoy works from a range of artists

SWELL supports professional, mid-career and emerging artists.

Village Bike, a Gold Coast wide grass roots recycled bike scheme, has stepped in to develop a wind generated LOOK Bike that emphasises rider road safety.

Immerging Gold Coast based Richard Scott and his artistic partner Oliver Grimshaw play with times gone by, re-imagining Barker’s Beach Store established in 1919.

Celebrating 19 years of connecting people, art and place in 2021. SWELL prides itself on nurturing and supporting national and international, emerging, mid-career and professional artists to build sustainable careers. Inspiring and encouraging collaborations. Forging forward to fortify the thriving longevity of the organisation, of the arts community. Significantly contributing to Queensland’s supercharged arts, culture, creative past and exciting future, SWELL is driven by values including excellence, experiential, inclusivity, and collaboration while promoting artists and provoking public engagement with art and community.

Everyone is welcome to come along and immerse at their own level.

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021

2021 WesterlySWELL at Mudgeeraba by artist Emma Anna. Image credit: SWELL Festival

2021 SWELL artist Irene Messia with her upcoming work of Ulysses. Image credit: @irene_messia

SWELL extensions

Building on the pop-ups from last year, the 2021 festival will include multiple pop-up exhibition outside of Currumbin: northerlySWELL at Helensvale, westerlySWELL at Mudgeeraba & Lower Beechmont and easterlySWELL at Chevron Island. Also experience SWELL Smalls Gallery with cultural programming at The SWELL Fringe Festival in Currumbin.

The pop-up exhibitions are free, open to all ages and run from September 1 to 20.

Dust Temple at Currumbin will host SWELL Smalls – an exhibition of more than 30 smaller-scale works, complemented by an exciting program of creative events and masterclasses.


SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021

SWELL COVID-safe adjustments

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021 will be delivered in a COVID-19 Safe manner. The safety of the community of the utmost importance.

Please ensure you do not attend the event if you:

  • are feeling unwell
  • have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • have travelled overseas or to a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.

Please remember social distancing when attending SWELL events. Give your friends a big wave and smile instead of a hug. Additional signage has been placed around the site as a reminder of social distancing.

Please wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitiser will be available.

If you start to feel unwell during an event please alert staff, volunteers or event organisers.

Please help keep SWELL COVID Safe and look out for your community.


For more information, including the full lineup of this year’s festival offerings, visit SWELL.