Eighteen years of adventure for SWELL

Punters and The Host – from the 2019 Swell Sculpture Festival. Photo David Lowe.

Held annually on Currumbin Beach, the SWELL Sculpture Festival is in its 18th year and will go ahead again for 2020.

This year there are more than 50 large-scale artworks featured along Currumbin Beach.

While everyone continues to adjust to life amid COVID-19, the event’s executive team has made adjustments to ensure the festival is safe.

SWELL artist director and curator Natasha Edwards said they are thrilled to be connecting people, art and place, presenting a COVID-safe SWELL Sculpture Festival for visitors to enjoy.

‘It has been a rollercoaster ride this year and the whole world has felt the stress of the pandemic.

‘We’ve come to realise in times like these, getting outdoors, creating and enjoying art is more important than ever.’

A number of changes have been made to this year’s SWELL event to make it COVID safe.

Sculptures will be strategically placed along the 1km stretch of Currumbin Beach to ensure appropriate social distancing while taking in the artworks.

Open-air events are an advantage

Festival executive director Dee Steinfort says the fact SWELL is an open-air event is an advantage.

‘We’re unique in that we’re an outdoor exhibition, so there’s lots of space for people to move around freely and enjoy the artworks.’

Associated online events will also feature strongly this year.

Artists’ panels and interviews will be streamed online, while the SWELL Kids Elements program will offer free online sculptural workshops and fun events for children.

Tactile installations (with touchable surfaces) have also been removed from this year’s lineup.

The festival will run until September 20.

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2 responses to “Eighteen years of adventure for SWELL”

  1. Eugene Torchia says:

    Your story probably should have mentioned that Byron residents & visitors cannot attend this event. Hate to think someone drives up to Gold Coast only to be turned around at the border or worse receive a $1000 fine.
    Online only!.

  2. Jonathan says:

    No good if you live this side of the border – unless Annastacia relents!

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