SWELL points in new directions for 2020

This year’s SWELL Sculpture Festival will be taking place, as always, on the pristine sands of Currumbin Beach on the southern Gold Coast, but thanks to satellite events northerlySWELL, westerlySWELL and easterlySWELL, the epic cultural festival will be making waves all over the city.


northerlySWELL returns

northerlySWELL at Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre 2019 played host to an extraordinary wire bust of local Indigenous elder, artist and musician Luther Cora, by esteemed artist Ivan Lovatt. In 2020, SWELL’s 2020 Ambassador Luther Cora’s own artwork will be exhibited at the popular northern hotspot.

His piece Mullet Season will be on display from 1 to 20 September. Of the work, Luther says:

“The flowering of the paperbark trees is the very first sign for our family that the mullet will start to travel through this area and that it’s time to grab our fishing gear, our spears, our nets, head down to the waters and start fishing. So this time of the mullet season is a very happy time. It’s a time of abundance.”

“People from surrounding areas visit the Gold Coast to hunt those mullet fish in the coastal creeks and waterways, to come together, to share stories, to share dances and songs. It’s a very important time, when the mullet are ready to harvest and are at their fattest – full of oils that keep us warm during winter.

“The mullet are painted in a range of colours to represent different people and our skin colour, all living together in this world, this ocean, this sea, and we’re all traveling the same way and respecting each other, acknowledging that we’re all in this together.”

Find out more about northerlySWELL, and Luther Cora.


westerlySWELL is the inaugural connection of people, art and place in Mudgeeraba

Locals and visitors alike are invited to visit the quaint and delightful Mudgeeraba Village Green on Railway Parade, from 1 to 20 September to be awed by the works of artists from the Gold Coast, greater Queensland and South Australia.

As well as enjoying the vibes of the close-knit community businesses and wonderful hinterland setting, attendees will have the chance to experience live storytelling presented by local author Lucas Proudfoot and pick up a book from the library to take home, on Saturday 5 September.

Read our full interview with one of the westerlySWELL exhibiting artists, Suzi Lucas.


Super Scooter with Power Assist – Christopher Trotter

Christopher Trotter takes on easterlySWELL

Renowned artist Christopher Trotter is no stranger to outdoor installations, with his innovative and engaging public works able to be found throughout Australia since the establishment of his practice in 1994. His work will be able to be seen a Korman Family Park on Chevron Island from 11 – 20 September.

easterlySWELL info can be found here.



SWELL Smalls Gallery

As per previous years, The 2020 SWELL Smalls Gallery at Dust Temple, Currumbin will exhibit over 30 smaller sculptures over two weeks throughout the festival.

The SWELL Smalls Gallery Program will host a rich and exciting program of live events, including visual arts and literary masterclasses, live music, spoken word experiences and creative culinary adventures. Audiences can listen to artists discuss their motivation, practice and personal experience, learn a new craft, discover the sounds of SWELL, listen to uniquely crafted prose and poetry and enjoy exploring the 2020 SWELL Smalls Gallery.

One of the live music events, Small Acts, is pulling together a unique and passionate – yet socially-distanced – live music showcase on 16 September. Click here to read our interview with the organisers.

The outdoor sculpture event SWELL Sculpture Festival connects people, art and place at Currumbin Beach from 11 to 20 September. For all the what’s on information, visit the website.

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