The golden sands of the Gold Coast will again transform into an impressive collection of specially curated one-off works of art for the 16th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 September.

The family-friendly exhibition will showcase the works of local, national and international artists in a unique experience, with the Currumbin Beach as the picturesque backdrop. The collection of imposing and inspiring sculptures selected for this year’s festival promise to captivate audiences with their thought-provoking messages along the shoreline.

This year, visitors to the festival can enjoy a multi-faceted creative environment, with the event program featuring a host of engaging family-friendly workshops, a school-based program and relaxing guided twilight walks. A new addition to the program of artist talks will give event goers a unique opportunity to meet the makers. While perusing the works of art at the festival, visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite sculpture with a People’s Choice Award going to the artist with the highest number of votes.

This year SWELL Sculpture Festival will be blown to new proportions extending to Helensvale, with dog sculpting artist Northerly Swell exhibiting for an added treat. Local artist Dion Parker will inflate imaginations with his upscaled inflatable dog “lil Dusty” at the Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre.

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