Northern Rivers artists selected to exhibit in 2017 SWELL Festival

The SWELL Sculpture Festival – Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition – is celebrating its 15th year on the Gold Coast (September 8-17). This year, several Northern NSW artists have been selected to exhibit.  

SWELL will see the golden sands of Currumbin Beach transformed into alandscape of interactive and inspiring public art amid a carnival atmosphere of live entertainment, street food, artist talks and masterclasses for all ages.  

The 10-day exhibition will see up to 50 Australian and international artists display thought-provoking works plotted along a 1km stretch of coastline, highlighting a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues.


Alison Allcock

Alison Allcock

Alison Allcock, Brunswick Heads, Surf Warriors

Emerging artist Alison works with materials and objects found in her neighbourhood. For this year’s SWELL Sculpture Festival, she is creating a sculpture out of pre-loved surfboards.  Drawing inspiration from the objects themselves, her work involved transformation, in this case from surf boards to an armoury of arrows, spears and harpoons.  Alison believes these pre-loved Surfboards have a story and can tell us so much about the Gold Coast’s surfing culture.  “Once regarded as an alternative or fringe activity, these pieces stand as a salute to the pioneers of the Gold Coast’s surfing culture. They are free spirited surf ‘warriors’ who explored the coast in a quest to find and conquer the perfect wave”. 


Gabriel Rosita

Gabriel Rosita

Gabriel Rosita, Suffolk Park, Knight To

Artist Gabriel Rosita is creating a whimsical sculpture of a Knight, out of mixed media.  The artist is creating the piece to impact viewers emotions in a mixed way.  She wants them to see the beauty of the copper, then the conflicting beauty of the rusty steel sheets, imprinted with their own language and history, and finally to experience the power of the horse.


Jeanette Krohn, Byron Bay, Post-Tree Museum II

Artist Jeanette Krohn is hoping to make a strong environmental statement with her sculpture ‘Post-Tree Museum ll’.  This is the second piece in her Post-Tree Museum series, the first piece (Post Tree Museum l) was a testament to the original ‘Big Scrub’ forests of the Northern Rivers.  ‘Post-Tree Museum II’ is 10 years later and the forests of the world are in a much more precarious position. The Trees this time are therefore made of glass.



Lance Seadon, Billinudgel, Currumbin Cruisin

Lance Seadon

Lance Seadon

Lance is creating a series of Billy Carts for the SWELL Sculpture Festival, just like the ones he used to make when growing up in the 50’s with no computers -  this is a whimsical look at the Billy Cart era of his childhood. He is creating a six individual and unique Billy Carts exploring the use of recycled and 'junk' materials arranged to convey a sense of drama, movement and excitement; capturing the imagination of young and old alike.

The Art of Splendour: Craig Walsh on the SITG 2017 Arts Program

While thousands prepare for this weekend’s festival, SITG’s Craig Walsh is installing works for the 600-acre outdoor gallery that will be the 2017 Splendour Arts presentation.

“I think it is important that current contemporary visual art is represented alongside current contemporary music and the mash of these art forms provides a full sensory experience for the Splendour In The Grass festival–goer,” says Walsh, SITG's visual arts manager. “We also provide the opportunity for artists to share their work with 30,000 odd punters, an audience unattainable in most other venues for art.”

Gateway  by Sam Songailo

Gateway by Sam Songailo

What was the most prominent concept behind this year’s Splendour in the Grass Arts presentation?

"I like to work with Contemporary artists who have an interest in working outside traditional art sites. Each artist defines the direction and concept they would like to pursue and we collectively discuss and develop these ideas. We don’t define a curatorial rationale for each festival but rather allow the freedom for artists to respond to this environment the way they see fit. Creating a work that is responsive to the site and the audience are key considerations. Second to that is to create diversity across the art program, so that there are multiple experiences and forms of engagement." 

What are you aiming for festival-goers to experience?

"An unexpected event which can only happen in this environment expanding the overall Splendour in the Grass experience. In many ways, it is the perfect environment to surprise and seduce the punter into contemplating an experience they never expected."

Arch Tunnel Response  by Ash Keating

Arch Tunnel Response by Ash Keating

Who are the artists that will be involved/performing/presenting?

"We have been fortunate to work with many of the most innovative artists in Australia and beyond, artist who embrace the challenge of working in these environments. From longterm local contributors like Andy Forbes to major contemporary artists like Patricia Piccinini, Shawn Gladwell, Bennett Miller, Sam Songailo, Cool Shit and many many more. Diversity of art forms is something we embrace and everything from performance to installation, sculpture, live art, video art, and painting fill the history of our art program."

Is this the first of this kind of project that you have directed?

"I have been the visual arts manager for 16 years. The program and geographical reach has evolved over that time, as initially it was all local artists and much smaller projects. One thing that is unique and specific about the Splendor arts program is almost all works are new, commissioned projects and works developed by contemporary artists."

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Mullum Music Festival announces 2016 lineup

Mullum Music Festival, now in its 9th year, will take place in the pubs, clubs, halls and streets of the little NSW north coast town of Mullumbimby from 17-20 November. Over 80 artists will perform over 4 days in 12 venues throughout the town.

Internationals this year include Americana-inspired singer songwriter Eilen Jewell, who rides her ‘Half-Broke Horse’ into town with vivid lyrics and steel guitars; Vancouver duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer with some dirty blues, Tennessee singer-songwriter Julien Baker, and renowned Canadian bluesman, Mr Matt Andersen.
Australian highlights include 20-year-old Tash Sultana, Melbourne’s futuristic Olympia, outlaw country rock band Henry Wagons & The Only Children, The Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard, singer/songwriter Lior, Hat Fitz & Cara, Jordie Lane, and the loving musical embrace of Bobby Alu and the Palm Royale.
The festival’s full line-up will be announced August 1.
Tickets on sale now, here.

Mullum Music Festival 2016
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