Swell times ahead at Currumbin

Artist Gabrielle Rosati with her Iron Horse, centre, and Swell Sculpture Festival site curator Dev Lengjel. Photo Jeff Dawson

Artist Gabrielle Rosati with her Iron Horse, centre, and Swell Sculpture Festival site curator Dev Lengjel. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin is now celebrating its 15th year and Byron Shire artists will once again be involved in the free ten-day exhibition on Currumbin Beach from September 8 till 17.

Fifty artworks will be on show. The exhibition will include works by renowned Indigenous artist Michael Nelson Jagamara, as well as crowd favourite Monte Lupo and father-and-son duo Philip and Alex Piperides, with Philip also leading masterclasses at this year’s festival.

More than 275,000 visitors are expected to descend on the beach as artists vie for a range of coveted awards valued at more than $25,000, including the major award of $15,000.

‘Swell is highly regarded as a platform of wide exposure for both emerging and established artists, and we are incredibly proud to present works by several new artists this year, alongside sculptures by artists who have contributed to the evolution of Swell over a number of years,’ said founding director and curator Natasha Edwards.

Selected artists include 32 from Queensland, 11 from NSW, two from Western Australia, and three from Victoria, as well as international artists. Mullumbimby artist Potts is the site manager for the eighth year in a row.

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One response to “Swell times ahead at Currumbin”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    While the waves roll up Currumbin Beach the Swell Sculpture Festival rises to celebrate its 15th birthday and in poetic nature Byron Shire artists will once again put their hand to their art in this free ten-day Currumbin exhibition from September 8 to 17. Don’t forget your board.

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