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 13 activities for Swell Sculpture Festival and make sure you do not miss out on #11.

Swell Sculpture Festival Gold Coast 2019

When: 13 – 22 September 2019

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: Sculpture Walk Outdoor Art Exhibition

This year marks the 17th edition of Swell Sculpture Festival and promises a lot more than the opportunity to come face to face with impressive work of art that will capture, inspire and uplift the mood of those attending the festival.

The sculpture walk starts at the northern end of Currumbin Beach and continues along the beach and footpath to Elephant Rock at the southern end.

The renowned art exhibition is one of the largest outdoor art exhibition in Queensland. Last editions of the event included art works by numerous artists from China, Germany, New Zealand, India and national states in Australia.

This premier outdoor art exhibition attracts visitors from all parts of Australia and other countries. If you are planning to stay on the Gold Coast this month, put the Swell Sculpture Festival on your things to do in the Gold Coast list and enjoy this amazing art event in addition to the stunning landscape on the Gold Coast.

#2: Swell Masterclass – Limestone Carving with Antone Bruinsma

Create your very own masterpiece limestone sculpture in this four hours of guided masterclass led by Antone Bruinsma and held at Antone’s personal sculpting studio in Cedar Creek, QLD.

Expert sculptor Antone Bruinsma has forty-one years of experience in the timeless art of stonework and is passionate about every day he gets to spend working with this remarkable material. When you participate in his masterclass you’ll work out the design of your sculpture as a scaled-down clay model, based on natural organic forms, before Antone teaches you how to translate your creation using hand tools onto a block of light and easily-carved Mt. Gambier limestone.

Antone’s approach to sculpting is simple – respect yourself and your material, and anything is possible. Stonework is his life and he’s excited to have the opportunity to induct you into this ancient and magical tradition.

When: Saturday 21st September 2019

Time: 1 pm

Where: Antone’s Sculpting Studio, Cedar Creek, QLD. (address will be emailed after ticket is purchased)

Cost: Early Bird $150 normally $250

Provided: Hand Tools & Block of Stone Supplied.

Participants must bring safety items: gloves, safety specs, light dust mask and closed in shoes.

#3: Kids Weekend Workshop – Make a Turtle Clay Hatchling

Monte Lupo is proud to support the SWELL Kids Workshops program with clay modelling masterclasses, providing students with the opportunity to create their very own baby turtle hatchling – Monte Lupo style. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Saturday 15th & 21st September

Where: SWELL POP UP ART STUDIO, SWELL Kids Elements, Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach.

Time: 10 am, 12 noon & 2pm each weekend day.

Cost: $15

#4: Kids Weekend Workshop – Wire Sculpture with Barbara Licha

Always want to be a sculptor? This fun, industrious workshop is designed to guide children through the process of creating their very own wire sculpture of a city scape or a person real or imagined. With technique and style explored little artists will take home an artwork for their private collection.

When: Saturday 14th & 21st September; Sunday 15th & 22nd September

Time: 1 1 am & 3pm

Where: SWELL Pop Up Art Studio, SWELL Kids Elements, Wallace Nicholl Park, Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach QLD 4223

Tickets: $15

#5: Kids Weekend Workshop – Etch a Story in Clay

Etch out a story on a clay tablet. Bringing your story to life through a creative and interactive clay workshop. Join Pot Studios and Storyfest for one hour to write or draw a page of your story on a clay tablet that becomes a forever keepsake. Numbers are strictly limited. Come visit the Storyfest van in the Kids Precinct

When: Saturday 14 & 21 and Sunday 15 & 22 September.

Where: Beach Library, Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach

Time: 10 am & 2pm

Cost: $15 per person

#6: Swell Kids Element – Fun & Interactive Sculpture Park for Kids

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.

From yarn to bamboo, traffic cones, rope, silk wedding dresses, clay, moulded recycled plastic, wire, books, clothes lines and human performers.  This collection of contemporary sculptures, creative workshops and artistic & cultural performances have been created for curious minds to investigate and engage in, all set among the natural outdoor landscape of Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin.

When:13-22 September 2019

Where:Wallace Nicoll Park, Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach

Time: 9 to 4pm daily

Cost: Free

#7: 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: 13-22 September 2019

Where: Wallace Nicoll Park, Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach.

Time: 9am – 4pm

Cost: FREE

#8: Northerly Swell – Featuring Totem by Ivan Lovatt

Ivan is an award-winning local Gold Coast artist who has exhibited at SWELL for many years. Delighting and intriguing us all with his ability to transform wire into life like sculptures. From birds, wolves & lions to famous explorer Sir Edmond Hilary and now the local Gold Coast living legend Luther Cora.

Luther Cora is an inspiring advocate for Indigenous culture, his Totem is the Black Cockatoo.

As a proud member of the Cora and Trare Families which come from the Bungaree Family, who are traditional people from Gold Coast area, also known as the Yugambeh Language group which is made up of several tribes, clans and family groups. Luther is a contemporary aboriginal dancer, artist, photographer and ambassador for his people. His family are proud of their strong connection to this country and their Culture.

Ivan’s hands and imagination produce timeless artworks that can seem like they are looking into deep into your eyes. TOTEM is no exception!

When: 1August 14 – September 12 (Totem); 12 – 22 September (Kangaroo)

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

Time: 9am – 4pm

Cost: FREE

#9: 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.

When: 13-22 September 2019

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

Time: 7am – 3pm

Cost: FREE

#10: #Swellsnap2019 – Sean Scott Photography Competition at Swell 2019

Sean Scott is the official judge of the #SWELLsnap2019 Photography Competition.

Entrants are invited to take SWELLsnaps that visually depict people, art and place at Swell Sculpture Festival 2019 and upload them to Instagram from 12am on Friday 13 September to 11.59pm on Sunday 22 September, mentioning @swellsculpture and #SWELLsnap2019.

The winner, who will receive a $1000 Sean Scott Gift Voucher, will be announced on SWELL Sculpture Festival’s Instagram on Monday 23 September.

When: 13-22 September 2019

Cost: FREE

#11: Outdoor Movie Night at Swell – Rubber Jellyfish

For the first time, SWELL Sculpture Festival has partnered with the Gold Coast Film Festival to present a free outdoor screening of local environmental documentary, RUBBER JELLYFISH.

 We all know that throwing rubbish on the ground is littering, so why is letting a balloon float away seen as something different? RUBBER JELLYFISH is a feature-length documentary that explores the effects of helium balloons on the environment, wildlife and human beings. Mum-to-be and Gold Coaster Carly Wilson sets out on a personal journey to meet key players on all sides in the fight to ban balloons, and exposes the confronting truth behind our favourite party product.

Following the screening, join us for a Q&A with the filmmaker Carly Wilson.

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 21 September

Where: Currumbin Beach

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

Cost: FREE

#12: 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 14 – Sunday 22 September 2019

Where: Artist Sculpture Sites

Time: Visit the Information Hubs for Artist Talk times

Cost: FREE

#13: 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 15 September and Sunday 22 September

Where: Currumbin Alley Picnic Hut – northern end

Time: 5pm – 6.30pm

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

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 17th Swell Sculpture Festival this September.