• Emma Kidd, Creative Space Resident 2019

  • Northern Composure, Youth band competition


Our community is enriched through the arts and connected through creativity.

Our strategy

The Northern Beaches Arts and Creativity Strategy, Connected through Creativity 2029, set’s out our community’s commitment to supporting and growing a vibrant creative culture, authentic to the Northern Beaches. The strategy presents three outcome areas supported by nine strategies to cultivate creativity, identify opportunities for arts and cultural expression and connect our diverse communities.

Connected through Creativity 2029, received a Highly Commended in the 2020 LGNSW Leo Kelly Arts and Culture Awards, held annually to celebrate and acknowledge outstanding achievement by local government organisations in strategic planning for arts and culture. Congratulations to our creative community.


Key outcomes

Three key outcomes supported by nine strategies

Outcome 1 - Inspiring Places & Spaces

To achieve this outcome we will:

  • Infuse public places with creativity
  • Make room for creative expression
  • Celebrate cultural heritage

Outcome 2 - Innovative & Creative Industries

To achieve this outcome we will:

  • Enable creative sector vitality
  • Collaborate to innovate
  • Grow thriving arts hubs

Outcome 3 - Engaged Community

To achieve this outcome we will:

  • Share local stories
  • Listen to and support Aboriginal communities
  • Make creativity inclusive

Our creative community 

There is a wealth of arts and creativity on the Northern Beaches, home to diverse creative communities across its 254km of beaches, bushlands, urban and industrial areas. It has been a place for cultural practice for tens of thousands of years. 

Today, the diverse and evolving cultural ecology includes artists, creative and cultural workers, volunteers, private and not-for-profit organisations and a range of innovative and creative industries. Creative precincts are emerging organically across the region, enabling opportunities for collaboration, experimentation and cross-pollination of ideas and artistic practice. From the photographic studios across the peninsula to the surfboard shapers in Brookvale, the artist run initiatives, lapidary and silversmith studios, ceramics groups, glass artists, painters, sculptors, poets, writers, filmmakers, screen-printers and many musicians, the Northern Beaches is a powerhouse of the Creative Sector. 

Find out more about our cultural and creative sector

What you told us 

Throughout May to August 2018, community engagement helped us to understand the current and future needs for the development of a thriving and sustainable arts and Creativity eco-system across the Northern Beaches. 

The Strategy seeks to create a strong blueprint for addressing community priorities including; better recognition of local Aboriginal communities, the potential of local creative industries and appreciation of the complexities of the local creative eco-system.

How we will deliver

The commitments in this Strategy will be prioritised and included in Council’s annual Operational Plan and business plans over the 10-year period of the strategy.