Spot the Sculptures at SWELL Festival

Spot the Sculptures at SWELL Festival

Friday August 31st, 2018

SWELL Sculpture Festival is back for its 16th year and looks set to be even bigger and better. With a diverse range of sculptures by local, national and international artists, as well as outdoor art and cultural events, this is one you cannot miss! This year’s festival takes place from 14-23 September, with the main event being held on Currumbin Beach. There are over 50 interactive installations, exhibits, workshops and sculptures on show, so we’ve picked our must-see activities for your convenience.


Life Drawing

When: 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Sunday 16th September

Where: Currumbin Nippers Club

Cost: $30

Have you ever wanted to test your artistic skills, why not take our life drawing class? Whether you prefer to construct your art in shadow, line, or some other form, you will be guided by the talented Rebecca Cunningham to create something beautiful of your own. Simply bring a large sketchbook, your preferred drawing tool (pencil, charcoal, watercolour, ink, marker), and hat and sunscreen.


Woolly Weavers Kids Educational Workshop

When: 9:30am – 11:30am OR 12:30pm – 2:30pm, Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th September

Where: Currumbin Nippers Club

Cost: $15

Sponsored by the Doug Hall Foundation and led by textile artist Melissa Spratt, Woolly Weavers is the perfect opportunity for little ones to get hands-on with their very own craft project. Kids will receive instruction from the talented Melissa herself, and learn how to create textured artworks that utilise various weaving techniques.


Twilight Walks

When: 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Sunday 16th & 23rd September

Where: Currumbin Alley Picnic Hut – Northern End

Cost: $5

If you’d prefer to admire rather than create art, we recommend taking part in one of SWELL’s intimate and enlightening tours. Marvel at sculptures as the setting sun touches them with a final ray of warmth, and listen to guest curators as they guide you through the meanings and methods behind the various artworks.


Plein Air Painting

When: 9:30am – 1:30pm, Sunday 23rd September

Where: Currumbin Nippers Club

Cost: $95

Escape the four walls of your studio and embrace the aesthetic of plein air painting as you sit in out in the fresh air and natural light. In this workshop, you will be guided by award-winning artist, Seabastion Toast. Originally from Melbourne, Seabastion’s work has been awarded the  2011 Gainsborough Greens Award, 2012 Marymount Painting Prize, and 2014 D’arcy Doyle Landscape Prize. Make sure you check the event page for a full list of materials and supplies to bring to the class.


Masterclass with Phillip Piperides

When: 9:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday 22nd September

Where: Currumbin Nippers Club

Cost: $150

Back by popular demand, the talented Phillip Piperides will be leading yet another sculpture masterclass at this year’s SWELL. Phillip was born in Cyprus in 1956, but since migrating to Australia in 1967, the sculptor gained international acclaim with his sculptures in bronze and clay. Phillip now owns the Perides Art Foundry which regularly produces stunning commissioned artworks, but SWELL will be your only chance to learn under this master craftsmen.


Are you looking forward to SWELL 2018? Don’t forget to reserve your suite at either of our 2 Gold Coast hotels before spaces run out. With accommodation in Southport and Broadbeach, your Meriton Suite is the perfect base for your artistic adventure.

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