SWELL Sculpture Festival Calls for Submissions

Over $25,000 in Awards

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Thursday 18 February 2016.

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SWELL Sculpture Festival, Queensland’s premier outdoor art event, will once again showcase a diverse collection of works by more than 50 Australian and international artists to an estimated audience of more than 270,000, from September 9 – 18.

Artists working across all mediums are now encouraged to submit proposals to exhibit in the 10-day outdoor exhibition at Currumbin Beach in Queensland Australia and to vie for Awards worth more than $25,000.

SWELL is inviting artists to submit entries until Monday, March 7 and call for submissions both nationally and internationally.

Submissions can comprise of completed works, works in progress or concepts and, are encouraged to be of large scale, have a substantial footprint, be site specific, display ephemeral qualities, invite dialogue around placemaking or instigate creative conversations around craftsmanship, rich messaging or artistic quirkiness.

SWELL welcomes the opportunity to work with artists who would like to explore the liminal boundary of the coastal landscape and those who are keen to break new ground in sculpture presentation.

As well as the major award $15,000 SWELL Sculpture Award sponsored by the City of Gold Coast, additional awards include the popular $3,000 People’s Choice Award, $3,000 Kids’ Choice Award, $3,000 Max Fabre Foundation Environmental Awareness Award and $1,500 Jennie Neumann OAM Emerging Artist Award.

In addition to the awards, SWELL offers artists unparalleled opportunities such as an increased media profile, the chance to establish new industry contacts, professional development, and the potential to sell and commission new works.

SWELL also offers an exciting array of activities including artist talks, kids’ workshops, and public programs to complement the unique open-air gallery atmosphere.

Urban Art Projects are proud to be supporting SWELL and will offer a mentorship to an artist selected to exhibit in 2016. The recipient will have access to UAP’s studio and workshop, and will also receive professional guidance to support skill development from concept design through to a completed artwork.

The UAP Mentorship Program is held at UAP Brisbane, and will be conducted at times mutually suitable to UAP and the recipient, and will be equivalent to a total of 18 days (approximately four days a month from May – August 2015).

Artists can APPLY ONLINE

Submissions for SWELL Sculpture Festival close on Monday 7 March.