Altered Tides: Custodians of our ocean

Hosted by Griffith University and Gecko Environment Council
A SWELL Fringe event @SWELL Sculpture Festival

One dusky evening during SWELL an epic combo of surfers, artists and environmentalists will take over the SWELL Fringe Pavilion for conversations about being authentic custodians of our ocean and creative solutions in a changing climate.

*DROP IN to the free panel and film event or register here*

When | Monday 11th September
Time | 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm (6.00 pm arrival for a 6.30 pm start)
What | A casual evening by the beach, with a stellar panel of ocean goers, advocates, scientists and artists, audience interaction and film screening
Where | Fringe Pavilion, Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach
Cost | FREE (just drop in or register)

Are you an ocean lover, beach goer, fisher, diver, or board rider? The ocean, surf and beaches are somewhere we love, part of our identity and how we live, whatever our style of recreation. Altered Tides – a panel and film event – reflects on these relations, our custodianship with the ocean and some of the creative solutions we can explore in a changing climate. 

Join the interactive discussion with our panel of inspiring and thought-provoking speakers, including:
MC Ms Naomi Edwards, Griffith University alumni and coastal advocate. Campaign manager, cChange Communications for Good
First Nations educator, artist and more, Glenn Barry
SWELL artist Nadine Schmoll
Oceanographer Lorena Woortmann
Surfrider Foundation on local solutions
Gecko Environment Council

Surfers for Climate, and
City of Gold Coast on their Surf Management Plan

Altered Tides: Creative coastal recreation in a climate changed future events are a partnership between Griffith University, Gecko Environment Council and SWELL Sculpture Festival, supported by Griffith’s Climate Action Beacon. In 2023 the Altered Tides team are collaborating with Surfers for Climate and Surfrider Foundation.  Altered Tides is part of a broader series of events at SWELL and elsewhere under the banner of ‘Creative Solutions’ which seek creative thinking and/or creative arts to foster innovation in climate action.

For more about Altered Tides and SWELL Sculpture Festival visit the event website: SWELL Fringe @ SWELL Sculpture Festival

To contact us about Altered Tides email Sara Hicks, Gecko Environment Council:

For more information about the Griffith Climate Action Beacon, go to
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IMAGE: @MitchellPettigrew, Surfers at Snapper


11 Sep 2023


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Fringe Pavilion
Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach