Swell Sculpture Festival is where people, art and place come together. Swell in Currumbin will feature free artistic exhibits and some paid artistic classes to bring out the artist in you. Swell Sculpture Festival is one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast in September. Why not plan your trip to the Gold Coast to include some art inspired tours. Here are 8 activities and pop up locations for Swell Sculpture Festival and make sure you do not miss out on #8.

Swell Sculpture Festival Gold Coast 2023

When: 8 – 17 September 2023

Where: Along Pacific Parade at Currumbin Beach, pop-ups at various locations

Inspired by a variety of creative display of over 70 sculptures at Swell Sculpture Festival, you can enjoy an array of exhibits, sculptures, galleries,  displays, music attractions, healthy and active activities, or take part in a selection of informative artist talks and many entertainment programs such as kids workshops and classes.

#1: Guided Sculpture Walk

This year, stay a little longer at our Gold Coast holiday rental options and join the artistic expedition with guest curators to guide you through the sculptures and enlighten you with their insights and perspectives.

Discover more, engage in creative conversations and indulge in the experience of SWELL as twilight transforms the landscape.

When: Daily

Where: The Northern SWELL Information Hub at the Currumbin Alley Car Park, Pacific Parade, Currumbin.

Time: Two sessions daily 10 am – 11:30 am and 4 pm to  5.30 pm

Cost: $16.50 + booking fee per adult includes a SWELL printed program, children under 16 are FREE

Sunday 10 & 17 September at 4.00pm
No booking required

#2: SWELL Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach,

SWELL Sculpture Festival will deliver 70+ large-scale sculptural works of art by nationally and internationally renowned artists, to be presented as a free public exhibition along Currumbin Beach.

#3: SWELL Kids Elements at Currumbin Beach,

SWELL Kids Elements will feature Storyfest pop-up library, food trucks, coffee van,, play with clay on pottery wheels, a pop-up movie night with Gold Coast Film Festival, etc.

When: Daily

Where: Wallace Nicole Park, Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach and various other locations in Currumbin

Cost: FREE

#4: Easterly SWELL 

Parthenopi has a magical way with found plastics, turning them into beautiful blooms and grasses to tell the environmentally critical story of single use plastics. The master crafted blooms represent endangered Queensland plant species, flowers, grasses, seed pods and more.

These will be curated onto a series of stunningly picturesque archways that will create a wonderful walkway experience for visitors to enjoy, take photos and immerse in.

When: Thursday 31st August to Sunday 3rd September

Where: Chevron Island Park, 75 Thomas Drive, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Time: 9am to 9 pm

Cost: FREE

#5: SWELL Fringe Festival

SWELL Fringe is joining our signature exhibition down at Currumbin Beach. Masterclasses, live music, comedy, culinary adventures, Artist panels, Pecha Kucha, and more will be rocking into the Wallace Nicoll Park at Currumbin Beach.

When: 8 – 17 September

Where: Various

#6: northerlySWELL at Helensvale Cultural Precinct and Library, Helensvale

A book unfolds its pages like a bird to convey the ideas of its creator. When we open a book we get on this flight that the writer’s imagination invites us. There are thousands of books in the Helensvale Library. What would happen if all its sheets were unfolded at the same time? Without a doubt, the sum of the energies of the writers would show us a universe of wonderful ideas!

When: 1 – 18 September

Where: Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre Helensvale Plaza, Corner Lindfield Road and, Sir John Overall Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212

Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and 9.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday. Closed Sunday

Cost: FREE

#7: SWELL at Pacific Fair

Trumpet Flowers – Amigo & Amigo

The garden of trumpet flowers is a multi sensory playground of sound and light, inviting visitors to create sound through touch and the arrangement of flowers to bloom in a colourful display of dancing light. You will feel as if you’ve shrunk as you immerse yourself in the super-sized trumpet flower garden. Experience a giant’s musical garden as 27 trumpet flowers from two to six meters tall tower over you. Visit the centre of the forest to play the massive trumpet keys and make your own spectacular floral sound and light show.

When| Wednesday 6th September – Sunday 1st October 2023

Time| 9.00am – 5.00pm

Where| The Resort, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, 2 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach Waters QLD 4218

Cost| FREE

#8: SWELL at Oasis Shopping Centre

Lil Dusty – Dion Parker

Dion’s sculptural works, most recently have focused around featureless and mono-coloured dogs. Each dog is designed with smooth, flowing lines to create artworks that are fun and playful. Upscaled and vividly red, Lil’ Dusty continues to communicate with the viewer through body language. A simple stance emits a range of emotions and feelings to contemplate. It begs the question, what is running through Lil Dusty’s mind and, what or who is he looking at?

When| Friday 1st September – Sunday 17th September
Time| 9.00am – 5.00pm
Where| Oasis Shopping Centre | 12 Charles Avenue, Broadbeach QLD
Cost| FREE

Where to stay for Swell Sculpture Festival

Holiday Holiday’s Gold Coast accommodation options are located approximately 20 minutes Currumbin. From our Surfers Paradise resorts, you can take the public transport or drive to the Swell Festival. While heading down south, why not check out some great activities and what to do at Burleigh Heads area located five minutes from Currumbin.