The Arts and Creativity grants program continues to realise the vision of the Arts and Creativity strategy, Connected through Creativity 2029. The grants provide vital support for the arts sector, ensuring a vibrant, connected and engaged community. 

Applicants were required to address the program objectives and meet the following assessment criteria:

  1. Rationale and Impact 
  2. Excellence and Innovation 
  3. Connection and Collaboration 
  4. Viability 


Council received 84 applications across three project categories, with 27 projects awarded grant funding totalling $122,000. Of the 27 projects recommended for funding, 4 projects received the full amount requested and 23 projects received partial funding. 

The 2023/24 Arts & Creativity grants recipients were endorsed by Council at the meeting on Tuesday 24 October 2023.

Congratulations to the successful recipients. Click the '+' symbol to view: 

Individual Creative Projects

Applicant Project Funding Amount
Annabella Louise 
La Spina
The Poetics of Motion (Spit)
Production of an ‘etched video’ and prints celebrating and exploring ideas raised by the iconic Spit Bridge. A stop motion animation created with copper plate etchings, the video will immortalise the Spit Bridge as the artist reflects on the Spit itself and its standing as the ‘entry to the Northern Beaches’.
Catharine Barrett Plummer

We Believe You Babcia 
A multimedia art installation about storytelling Polish grandmothers, intergenerational relationships, and the often-untraced creative lineage of familial storytelling. With sculpture, sound and augmented reality, the work will be exhibited at MAG&M in conjunction with Express Yourself and asks young artists to take stock of their own, perhaps unacknowledged familial creative lineage.

Craig Wiles The Art of Craig Wiles
An exhibition of mixed-media artworks sharing the lived experience of a trained local artist Craig Wiles, presenting a series of works exploring his lived experience of schizophrenia at Curl Curl Creative Space. 
Emily Jane Lecky Dancing On the Edge: A Vertical Dance Expedition
Post-production of a short documentary and dance film leading to a local premiere screening. The documentary follows an all-female expedition of Northern Beaches dancers as they traverse 200km through the Murchison River Gorge in Western Australia. The film then shifts into a cinematic portrayal of a breathtaking vertical dance work on the cliff walls that border the gorge.
J.A Nicholson & 
F.C Verity
Art Wank Podcast
Equipment and marketing support for a prominent visual arts podcast to develop its content opportunities and expand its audience. The podcast focuses on the process and practice of contemporary art within the Northern Beaches community and beyond to learn more and demystify the art world.
Katherine Edney I Want to Lie in the Clouds with You 
Creation of a series of paintings responding to themes of love, comfort and loss. The artist will explore and express the subject of anxiety, reflecting on their own struggles with mental health, to connect with and bring comfort to viewers, especially women, who may be dealing with their own mental health struggles.
Kristina Brook Wilson Northern Beaches Songwriter's 
Live Performance Development
Enable an emerging musician to produce new music and foster meaningful collaborations with fellow local artists. Through recording and releasing more music, and gaining skills in music production along the way, the artist will develop their practice and expand their audience. The artist will build their profile through increased live performances at Northern Beaches venues.
Nicholas Andrew Price Wax Rat
Post-production to complete and launch a short film set on the Northern Beaches, produced with local creatives and crew. Wax Rat is a drama about a young girl who discovers joy in surfing amidst the breakdown of her family. Written and co-directed by local author Kirsty Eagar, adapted from a scene in her award-winning novel, Raw Blue.
Patrick O'Dwyer Oceanic Organ
A mobile performance installation using a wave-powered musical pipe organ that combines sculpture with sound art and environmental activism. The work will be presented at the Ocean Festival hosted by the Manly Environment Centre and serves as an educational installation, teaching valuable lessons on rising sea levels and the power of renewable energy.
Working Title Writers' Group Women and Myth: 
An Illustrated Anthology

Local authors and an illustrator will collaborate to produce a published collection of short stories on ‘Women and Myth’. Exploring new and traditional myths, the project aims to reinvigorate public consciousness of the power of foundational myths, highlighting the often-forgotten feminine in the source material.

Creative Community Projects

Applicant Projects Funding Amount
Alex Colley Hart Photo:Synthesis 
An immersive multidisciplinary group exhibition exploring the fragile and multidimensional relationship between the environment, light, and contemporary artistic practice. Providing support for an emerging local curator, and artist fees for a diverse selection of prominent Australian-based artists working within the intersection of contemporary photography, video/sound installations, and sculpture.
Amy Frances Gopperth Sustainable Jewellery Workshops for Community and Mindfulness 
Development of a creative business to build a skilled jewellery-making community on the Northern Beaches through expanding and reimagining jewellery making workshops that focus on sustainability and connection. Key to this is the establishment of mobile jewellery workshops, able to be taught in flexible spaces with broader audiences.
Emma Sinclair Manilla to Manly – Beach to Bush: 
Communities in Action

A public program for Creative Open 2024, inviting creative community action for climate action. Connecting beach to bush, artists from the rural Renewable Manilla festival will come to Manly for an exhibition and workshops. Activities include the development of a giant sun sculpture, solar lanterns, mending circles, and more.
Felicity Jane Lenehan Life Stories: Writing Workshops 
and Community anthology

Writing workshops provide community, education, and support for people who wish to write their life stories. Participants contribute to a published Anthology, focussing on heritage and place. The group will convene monthly at a Northern Beaches Library, developing their stories and learning techniques used by biographers and oral historians.
Gaimaragal Group 
Pty Ltd
The Power of 8
8 First Nations women will participate in a multi-media art project whereby each participant adds to the artwork started by another sister. Over 8 weeks, 8 artworks will be developed, complimented by a shared journal capturing the artists’ life stories and art practices. The artworks and associated stories will be captured in a publication.
Les Sculptures Incorporated Les Sculptures Refusées 
Development and documentation support for a free and high-profile exhibition that re-imagines the Quarantine Station location and its cultural context and provides a major public art event in Manly. As an alternative selection to Sculpture by the Sea, it creates opportunities for artists to exhibit work and local audiences to engage with significant sculptural works.
Linda Doreen Haigh Pittwater Artists Trail
An alliance of 21 artists who collectively open their studios to the public twice a year, creating a trail for art lovers over 3 days. Artists share their work, allowing audiences from the Northern Beaches and beyond to personally engage with artists and their practice, and buy original artworks.
Manly Theatre Group Incorporated Manly Theatre: Group Education Program 
and Theatre Production 

Inter-disciplinary performing arts workshops and classes focussed on acting, writing, directing, and producing theatre. Out of the workshops, the group will produce a full-length play written, produced, and performed by local creatives. The group provides an inclusive community and skill-building opportunity for theatre practitioners in the Northern Beaches.
Melanie Hitchcock Cultiv8: Creative Waves Workshops
Workshops using the art and meaning of Hip Hop culture to connect with some of the most disadvantaged young people in our community. Workshops will be delivered across four elements of Hip Hop culture - dance, DJ’ing, graffiti art, and lyric writing - providing a platform for mentorship and intergenerational sharing.
Nicole Megan Buckland Collage for Carers
Creative workshops for local carers to connect and visualise their personal stories with collage. Facilitated by Angie Cass, a collage artist and community educator, and Nicole Buckland, a collage artist, educator, and occupational therapist. Participants are encouraged to utilise creative expression as a means of self-care and community building.
Northern Beaches Chorus Incorporated Sing in the Season: 
Christmas Music Learning Program

Northern Beaches Chorus (NBC) women's choir is a community group focused on performance, fun and music education. NBC will run a Christmas music program in November, inviting local women to attend four weekly sessions at the Warringah Mall Community Rooms and learn to sing Christmas carols in four-part harmony.
Northern Beaches Readers Festival Incorporated The Northern Beaches Readers Festival
A biennial, three-day celebration of popular Australian fiction. Attracting 1000+ ticket bookings in 2022, the 2024 edition will feature 17 curated author talks and panel sessions. With nearly a quarter of the sessions free, the festival aims to attract some of the biggest names in popular fiction, engaging even more local readers.
Reid & Meagher Pty Limited Northern Beaches Artists: 
Career and Collector Fast Track 

Two-part workshop for artists and collectors. For artists, how to break into the commercial gallery scene, promote themselves, and sell their work. For collectors, how to connect with artists and ways to think about artworks, including their value, and develop their collection.
Scotland Island Residents Association Inn Sydney's Three Underworld Queens: 
Tilly V Kate V Nellie

Development and performance of a new play based on three Sydney women of the early 1900s, Tilly Devine (Queen of Darlinghurst), Kate Leigh (Queen of Woolloomooloo), and Nellie Cameron (Queen of Darlinghurst). Unlike previous stories about these women, the work will explore their class backgrounds and the motivation for their activities.
Streetwork Australia Limited Changing Strokes: 
Empowering Young People through Creative Art

A creative mentorship program seeking to improve young people’s ability to re-engage in school and education whilst stabilising and/or improving their risk of youth crime and mental health concerns. It will see them engaged in a trusted one-on-one relationship-building environment through a tailored art program with counselling support.
Tania Murphy Hands in Clay
Ceramics workshops for teenagers and seniors focusing on mental health and art therapy practices. Based at North Head Arts Precinct, participants will create ceramic bird baths/reptile ponds for installation by local regeneration groups. Working with clay allows participants to disconnect from mental struggles and gain the freedom to express themselves.

Creative Sector Innovation Projects

Applicant Projects Funding Amount
Evergreen Music Pty Ltd Tea By the Brook: Live Music Series
A live music event series for artists and audiences to enjoy a vibrant and intimate experience. Collaborating with local businesses, and focussing on musical and cultural diversity, Evergreen aims to fill the venue gap in the Sydney music scene, while providing mentorships for local sound engineers.


Council received 52 applications across three project categories, with 16 projects awarded grant funding totalling $84,441.40. Of the 16 applications recommended for funding, 15 projects received the full amount requested and 1 received partial funding.

The 2022/23 Arts & Creativity grant recipients were endorsed by Council at the meeting on Tuesday 18 October 2022.

Congratulations to the successful recipients. Click the '+' symbol to view: 

Arts & Creativity Grants 2022/23

Applicant Projects

Funding Amount

Amber Marie Boardman

Community MFA Salon Series


Michael Booth
(Trading As 'The Sydney Actors Playhouse')

The Manly Bookshop Film Project


Belinda Clare Castles

Walking Sydney: Writers in a changing city


Susan Dureau

The Soundscape Project


Sandra Garritano-Provencher

'Beyond the Sea' —A Jazz and Art Soirée


J.A Nicholson & F.C Verity

Art W**k Podcast


Lachlan Wren

Open Mics on the Northern Beaches


Nancy Elizabeth Laver

Northern Beaches Soundscapes


Makinnoize Media Pty Ltd
(Trading as 'Plushtown Studios')

Bands over Brookvale


Manly Theatre Group Incorporated

Acting and Scriptwriting Workshops


Frances Morgan

The Listening Station


Emily Therese O'connell
(Trading as 'Anywhere Else Films')

On the Side
(Short Film)


Jayne Papalia

Community open studio project


Zena Rose Miranda Merrifield Shapter

Northern Beaches Writer’s Competition


Katie Stafford

Woodworking for Women


Sydney Chamber Music Festival Incorporated

Sydney Chamber Music Festival presents Revival











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