Call for entries: SWELL Sculpture Festival 2019

Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition is calling for artists for the 2019 event.

SWELL Sculpture Festival has officially invited all emerging, mid-career and professional sculptors and creative minds to apply to be a part of something extraordinary on Currumbin Beach from 13 – 22 Sept 2019.

Artist submissions can comprise of completed works, works in progress or concepts, and the successful entries will find themselves a part of one of the largest and most exciting outdoor events on the Gold Coast calendar.

SWELL Sculpture Festival has been running for 16 years and has grown into a beloved celebration of all things innovative, gobsmacking, heart-wrenching and downright strange, offering national media coverage and a major award of $15,000, with a further $11,500 on offer for the smaller awards.

The major SWELL Sculpture Award is the most coveted prize of Queensland’s largest outdoor exhibition which sees artists exhibit their awe-inspiring works along a one-kilometer stretch of Currumbin Beach each Spring, creating dazzling silhouettes against the skyline.

Previous memorable entries have included a giant barbed wire teddy bear, a tower made from pool noodles, a giant crab, gargantuan deck chairs, a urinating dog and a bus stop, so if one thing is for certain, it’s that the entries are limited only by the artists’ imaginations.

The dazzling barefoot gallery is a family-friendly event that includes talks, workshops, masterclasses, meet-and-greets, twilight walks, school programs and of course, ice-cream! SWELL Sculpture Festival is Queensland’s largest outdoor exhibition that showcases up to 50 sculptures by local, national and international artists, and is an excellent platform to promote your work. SWELL connects people, art and place.

Entries close 31 January 2019, so jump over to the website to get submitting for the 2019 event, held from 13 to 22 September 2019 on Currumbin Beach. SWELL Sculpture will provide installation support and an artist subsidy of $500 per artwork.

IMAGE: Major prize winner 2018 ‘Prickles the Unhuggable Bear’ by Dion Parker and Andrew Cullen. (C) Rowly Emmett.


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