Dion Parker and Andrew Cullen were announced as the winners of this year’s major Neumann Family SWELL Sculpture Award, taking top honours and $15,000 amongst a total prize pool of more than $25,000 at the 16th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival.
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 kilometre stretch of Currumbin Beach from September 14 to 23.
Created from steel, REO Bar, wire and barbed wire, the winning entry titled Prickles The Unhuggable Bear, is a gigantic teddy discarded on the sand, sitting 3.5 metre high and 2.3 metre wide.
The winner of this year’s major award was selected by The Walls Art Space artistic director Rebecca Ross, who says the particular work stood out to her as addressing the context and sentiment of SWELL.
We also congratulate the other winning artists in the following categories:
$3,000 Environmental Awareness Award
Antone Bruinsma - The Three Graces
$1,500 Emerging Artist Award
Greg Quinton - Jump
$1,000 Artist Peer Award
Karl Meyer - Foci