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. How about sculpting a live nude model, or just take a simple oil and acrylic painting class. Here are 16 activities for Swell Sculpture Festival and make sure you do not miss out on #15.

Swell Sculpture Festival Gold Coast 2020

When: 11 – 20 September 2020

Where: Along Pacific Parade at Currumbin Beach

Inspired by a variety of creative display of over 50 sculptures by worldwide and Australian artists 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: Free Guided Twilight 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: Sunday 13 September and Sunday 20 September 2020

Where: Currumbin Alley Picnic Hut – northern end

Time: 5pm – 6.30pm

Cost: FREE, $5 SWELL program recommended, donations welcome

#2: IgersGoldCoast Instameet at Swell

If you love Instagram and photography then come along and join IgersGoldCoast as they make their way through the exhibition discussing composition, light, aperture and all things photography. Learn tips and tricks from like-minded photographers.

When: Saturday 12 September 2020

Time: 4 pm

Where: Meet at the SWELL Southern Information Hub at the Currumbin Nippers Club

#3: #SwellSnap2020 – Lauren Bath Photography Competition

SWELL is honoured to have Lauren on board as Photography Ambassador 2020. Deemed “Australia’s first professional Instagrammer” by national media, Lauren Bath pioneered the Australian influencer industry. With an online audience of close to half a million followers, she is not only one of Australia’s most powerful travel Instagrammers but also a savvy social media consultant, educator, and public speaker. In 2015 she was a Finalist in the Gold Coast Women in Business Awards in the “Women for Change” category. Lauren has been featured by Travel + Leisure, Daily News, News.com.au, 60 Minutes, and Mashable, among many others.

Take a photo that depicts PEOPLE, ART & PLACE at SWELL 2020. Entrants are invited to take SWELLsnaps that visually depict PEOPLE, ART & PLACE at SWELL Sculpture Festival 2020 and upload them to Instagram from 12am on Friday 11 September to 11.59pm on Sunday 20 September.

  • Post image to Instagram
  • Tag @swellsculpture and @laurenepbath
  • Tag two friends
  • Hashtag #SWELLsnap2020

The prize for #SWELLsnap2020 is a ticket to Lauren’s upcoming program “The Travel Bootcamp”. “The Travel Bootcamp,” is an inspirational event designed to teach people how to get paid to travel, by the creator of “Get Camera Confident,” an online photography course for beginners valued at over $800.

The winner will be announced on SWELL Sculpture Festival’s Instagram on Monday 21 September.

#4: Swell Kids Creation Online Workshop – Sculpt Lil’ Dusty

Award winning Gold Coast artist, Dion Parker, will be sharing secrets about how to sculpt his signature character who we all love. Lil’ Dusty is an adorable little dog. Participants will make a Sleeping Lil’ Dusty Pencil Holder from air dry clay that can be painted once dry.

When | Available online from 11 September

Where | On the SWELL website and YouTube channel

Materials | air dry clay, pencil, paddle pop stick, water


Take a photo of your SWELL Kids Creation for a chance to win a Family Pass to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Have your parent or carer help you post your image to Instagram from 12am on Friday 11 September to 11.59pm on Friday 25 September. Tag @swellsculpture and hashtag #SWELLkidscreations2020. Winners will be announced via SWELL Instagram at 6pm Sunday 27 September.

#5: Swell Kids Creation Online Workshop – Alive Wire Sea Turtle

Crowd favourite sculptor from SWELL 2019, Russell Solomon will twist and turn wire to create native animals. Children can engage in the free sculptural masterclass when and where they please. Create a 3D sea turtle using garden tie wire. Young artists can learn basic skills of manipulation and techniques that can be used to create many forms of wire art.

When: Available online from 11 September 2020

Where: On the SWELL website and YouTube channel

Materials: sketchbook, pencil, small pliers (with cutters), garden tie wire and/or pipe cleaners

Eligible for #SWELLkidscreations photo competition.

#6: Swell Kids Creation Online Workshop – Alive Wire Bumblebee

Crowd favourite sculptor from SWELL 2019, Russell Solomon, will teach young artists to twist and turn fluffy craft wire to create an adorable bumblebee.

When: Available online from 11 September 2020

Where: On the SWELL website and YouTube channel

Materials | sketchbook, pencil, small pliers (with cutters), garden tie wire and/or pipe cleaners

Eligible for #SWELLkidscreationsphoto competition.

#7: Swell Kids Creation Online Workshop – At Home Sculptures – Origami Koala

Mini Origami Koala of John Anthony Forno’s Totem/The Fragile 2020

When: Available online from 11 September 2020

Where: On the SWELL website and YouTube channel

Materials | Paper

Eligible for #SWELLkidscreationsphoto competition.


SWELL Kids Elements is the new curated project dedicated to KIDS, ART & PLAY, to be experienced through the eyes of children. A place where little artists are invited to play and explore. To marvel at the elements of art and science and the environment, exploring shape, colour, texture, form, line and sound. To participate in fun, creative workshops, discover big & bold sculptures and experience performance art, evoking thought, creativity, conversation and interaction with art and the world around us while being inspired and empowered through creative expression.

Lil Dusty, our resident SWELL Kids Element mascot, can be found in the printed program, alongside puzzles and a sculpture scavenger hunt for young artists to enjoy. Use the SWELL Kids Artist Statements on the artwork plaques to help find clues!

Printed Program: $5

Found at Information Hubs and Currumbin Beach newsagent.

#9: Storyfest Pop Up Library at Swell Kids Elements

A pop up library providing books to the community. Choose a book, find a comfortable spot to sit and go on a literary adventure.

When: 11-20 September 2020

Where: Currumbin Alley car park

Time: 9am – 4pm

Cost: FREE

#10: Pop Up Storyfest Library and Story Telling

Families are invited into Mudgeeraba village to experience live storytelling presented by local author Lucas Proudfoot and pick up a book from the library to take home.

Lucas Proudfoot is one of Australia’s most versatile children’s performers, playing guitar, didgeridoo and stomp box to over 120,00 kids each year. He is a multi-platform storyteller, sharing stories through his music, books and live performances. Following the release of his first book, Shaka Shaka Hawaii, from his five-part adventure book series, The Proud Foots, in 2017, Lucas has emerged from an action-packed year of touring across the country to visit and perform as a headline guest at a number of writers’ festivals. In 2018, Lucas was invited as a special guest on Australia’s favourite children’s program ABC Play School, where he performed four original songs as part of the program’s ‘Music in Me’ series. 2018 also saw Lucas secure an attractive publishing deal with MTA, Australia’s leading education providers, which will see the release of the entire five-part adventure book series in early 2019. With 285+ shows booked across Australia and New Zealand in 2019, the release of his book series and a host of soon-to-be-announced projects in the works, Lucas Proudfoot has no intention of slowing down.

When: Saturday 5 September 2020

Where: Cuddihy Park and stage,  1 Swan Ln, Mudgeeraba QLD 4213

Time: 1030am

Cost: FREE

#11: Northerly Swell – Featuring Mullet Season by Luther Cora

Luther Cora on his work, Mullet Season: The Mullet are very important to our family, here on the Gold Coast and in the Tweed Heads area. Mullet migrate from the cold waters in the South to the warmer waters in the North, during the cooler months. The flowering of the paperbark trees is the very first sign for our family that the mullet will start to travel through this area and that it’s time to grab our fishing gear, our spears, our nets, head down to the waters and start fishing. So this time of the mullet season is a very happy time. It’s a time of abundance.

People from surrounding areas visit the Gold Coast to hunt those mullet fish in the coastal creeks and waterways, to come together, to share stories, to share dances and songs. It’s a very important time, when the mullet are ready to harvest and are at their fattest – full of oils that keep us warm during winter. The mullet are painted in a range of colours to represent different people and our skin colour, all living together in this world, this ocean, this sea, and we’re all traveling the same way and respecting each other, acknowledging that we’re all in this together.

When: 1 – 20 September 2020

Where: Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre, Cnr Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive Helensvale

Time: 9am – 5pm

Cost: FREE

#12: Swell Smalls Gallery at Dust Temple

An exhibition of small works created by a selection of Swell 2019 artists. Located just a shot drive from Currumbin Beach, visit Dust Temple to experience this eclectic space and enhance your art collection by taking home an original work of art.

The SWELL Smalls Gallery Program will host a rich and exciting program of live events, including visual arts and literary masterclasses, live music, spoken word experiences and creative culinary adventures. Join us as artists discuss their motivation, practice and personal experience. Learn a new craft, discover the sounds of SWELL, listen to uniquely crafted prose and poetry and enjoy exploring the 2020 SWELL Smalls Gallery.

When: 5 – 20 September 2020

Where: Dust Temple Gallery , 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin

Time: The SWELL Smalls Gallery and Dust Temple Bar and Café will be open daily from 4.00pm.

Cost: FREE

#13: Easterly Swell – Featuring Christopher Trotter

Trotter’s professional art practice began in 1990 exhibiting in galleries along the east coast of Australia. However by 1994 he found himself focusing on the creation of multi scaled public artworks. Using his architectural training and knowledge, Trotter has produced works that are innovative and engaging. Not only does he create high impact art pieces, he also has the ability to create intimate discovery works that engage and delight. His works can be stand alone sculptural pieces, as well as works that are built into the very fabric of a building and perform a function.

Since 1994 Trotter has created over 40 public works for government, councils, universities, and developers. Many works have been commissioned as high impact tools for the promotion of cultural tourism. Trotter has exhibited extensively through Regional Queensland since 1992. In 2001 and 2003 he had solo exhibitions in Tokyo and more recently World Expo – Shanghai 2010.

When: 11 – 20 September 2020

Time: 9am to 5pm

Where: Korman Family Park, Chevron Island

Cost: FREE

#14: Westerly Swell

westerlySWELL is the inaugural connection of people, art and place in Mudgeeraba. Artists from the Gold Coast, greater Queensland & South Australia will come together to exhibit their works for three weeks from 1 – 20 September 2020. Sculptures will be celebrated in the Village Green, Railway Parade, Mudgeeraba. As a wonderful extension of SWELL Sculpture Festival these works are not to be missed. Showcasing sculptures created by local and national artists. Come into town and experience what Mudgeeraba has to offer.

When: 1 – 20 September 2020

Time: 9am to 5pm

Where: Mudgeeraba Village Green

Cost: FREE

#15: Outdoor Movie Night at Swell – The Wishmas Tree

For the second time, SWELL Sculpture Festival has partnered with the Gold Coast Film Festival to present a free outdoor screening of the kids movie, The Wishmas Tree.

A young Ringtail Possum’s misguided wish for a white Wishmas at the magical Wishmas Tree not only freezes her entire hometown of Sanctuary City, but also threatens the lives of all who live there.

BYO blanket or chair, or head down early to grab a comfy beanbag and join us on the sands of Currumbin Beach for an outdoor movie night under the stars.

Please note: This film is unclassified. Parental supervision recommended for children under 15 years.

When: Saturday 19 September 2020

Where: Wallace Nicoll Park

Time: Arrive: from 5:30pm; screening: 6:30pm – 8pm.

Cost: FREE, Registration required.

#16: Artist Talks

Join us for insightful talks with artists at their sculptures during SWELL.  Discover more and engage in creative conversations with the artists.

When: Saturday 12 – Sunday 20 September 2020

Where: Artist Sculpture Sites

Time: Visit the Information Hubs for Artist Talk times

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.

For an event that inspires, amuses, uplifts and captures the hearts and minds of all who visit, check out the 18th Swell Sculpture Festival this September.