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Swell Sculpture Festival 2023

Currumbin Beach's annual outdoor sculpture fest will turn 21 in 2023.
By Sarah Ward
March 27, 2023
By Sarah Ward
March 27, 2023

Like art? Love the beach? Fancy seeing seaside sculptures that aren't just sandcastles? Venture down to the Gold Coast this spring and you'll find a huge outdoor art gallery gleaming for ten days, and stretching across a one-kilometre expanse of sand.

Your destination: Swell Sculpture Festival, which returns to Currumbin Beach for 2023 between Friday, September 8–Sunday, September 17, and will be celebrating its 21st birthday.

As it has for two decades now, the event features large-scale artworks displayed along the shore, ready for patrons to see while getting their feet sandy and/or wet. 2022's fest saw more than 70 pieces pop up — here's hoping that 2023's beats that number.

While the artist lineup hasn't been announced as yet, over 100 talented folks tend to have a hand in the works on display along the shore.

Also typically on the bill: guided walks; yoga among the art; pop-up food vendors; and masterclasses covering everything from photography and weaving to bush dyes, native foods and sculpture wheels. And, there's beachside fringe fest featuring live tunes and comedy as well, alongside artist panels and poetry.

Images: Tony Scott/PBR Images/Leximagery.

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