One of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful stretches of sand will be transformed into Australia’s most stunning outdoor art gallery when SWELL Sculpture Festival returns to Currumbin Beach in September.
Now in its 17th year, the free, family-friendly event is Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition and will feature more than 55 unique works of art along the 1km foreshore between the iconic Currumbin and Elephant rocks, both of which will be adorned with sculpture.
The 10-day showcase of installations, digital works and sculpture will be complemented by an exciting program of entertainment and activities including a space dedicated to small-scale sculptures – the SWELL Smalls Gallery, and the first ever playful, children-focused SWELL Kids Elements area.
SWELL Kids Elements is an innovative project designed to encourage children to immerse themselves in art and culture through the exploration of large-scale sculpture, tactile artistic creating and art play. The project will exhibit large scale artworks specifically designed for younger audiences accompanied by a sculpture workshop program designed to stimulate a creative play, including: Make a Clay Baby Turtle with Monte Lupo; and Create Wire Sculpture with Barbara Licha.
SWELL Kids Elements aims to extend the reach of local and national artists portfolio by creating new opportunities for artists to present their sculptures to a younger audience, encouraging sculpture etiquette and inspires interaction and engagement with the artwork. It is expected the initiative will also provide new opportunities for sculptors to become mentors, through teaching and learning with the next generation of children growing up in a world dominated by fast-pace computer technology.
A fun, immersive and interactive outdoor art space for kids, SWELL Kids Elements is all set to inspire and nurture the next generation of artists this year in Wallace Nichols Park, Currumbin Beach.
SWELL Sculpture Festival will be held 13 – 22 September 2019, with the workshops running on Saturday 14 + 21, and Sunday 15 + 22 September. Bookings can be made via swellsculpture.com.au.