• Image: AJ Gough Curl Curl Creative Space. Photo by Kayapa Creative Studios. 

  • Image: Curl Curl Creative Space. Photo by Kayapa Creative Studios. 

  • Image: Shuffle Studios Brookvale. 

  • Image: ArtBau Opening. Photo by Renate Rienmueller. 

  • Image: Our Place, Brookvale. Photo by Kayapa Creative Studio. 

Eat, drink and experience Northern Beaches this winter with Creative Open

Running over two weekends in August, Creative Open is a new annual festival in Sydney’s arts calendar. We’re inviting local creative innovators, instigators and trendsetters to join a unique celebration of all things creative on the Northern Beaches.

From studios, galleries, and music-makers to digital labs, designers, bookshops and micro-breweries, the Northern Beaches is a powerhouse of creative energy. With our creative community onboard, Creative Open promises two weekends of fun, curiosity and community.

Visitors to Creative Open will be able to choose their own adventure from our Festival program, go behind the scenes, meet local innovators, artists, designers and discover what’s new.


Who can apply?

Creative Open is open to all kinds of creatives, spaces and collaborations: be it artist studios, galleries, recording/music studios, film/editing suites, creative workshops (such as screen printers, digital labs) or and other creative businesses such as; designers, bookshops, surfboard shapers and food/cafes/live music venues.

Have an idea or work you want to share but no space to do it? Council is also accepting applications from local designers, creative innovators and artists for a pop-up market event and creative workshops at selected Council venues.

Not sure if you fit the bill? Contact us at


Why Creative Open?

Our creative community told us that they wanted to connect with each other, their community and collaborate to celebrate the vibrancy of our creative culture, for all of Sydney to enjoy.

By building Creative Open, with our creative community front and centre, we will deliver an annual program that connects with audiences locally and beyond encouraging them to connect, eat, drink and explore the unique creative culture on the Northern Beaches.


What we need from you...

We are calling for local cultural innovators, instigators and practitioners, venues, arts orgs, galleries and creative businesses to get involved.

Pitch us your ideas for programming, tell us about your spaces, lock the event dates in your calendar and help us promote this new exciting event to the rest of Sydney.


What support will you receive?

Council will help participating artists, venues and businesses to successfully deliver their great idea with marketing, promotion, production assistance and support. You will be provided with marketing materials, including print and digital, to help promote your unique activity. Council will provide an event calendar for all activities, performances and happenings on Council’s website. The full program will be released in July.


How to apply

Apply online through Smartygrants.

Applications are open from 1 April - 16 May 2022 to Northern Beaches creative businesses and local creative practitioners. Tell us about your business/practice and what ideas you are proposing for the Creative Open program. The event is run in zones over two weekends, remember to check what zone you are in to make sure you have the correct dates. The full list of suburbs can be found in the application.

Apply now

Key dates

Creative Open to be held throughout the Northern Beaches during August 2022:


  • Applications open 1 April – 16 May 2022
  • All applicants notified by 20 May 2022
  • Program and marketing content deadline 10 June 2022
  • Pre- launch networking and information event July 2022
  • Participants launch party 12 August 2022
  • First weekend (southern area) Sat 13 - Sun 14 August 2022
  • Second weekend (northern area) Sat 20 - Sun 21 August 2022


Contact information

Arts & Culture
1300 434 434