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Our creative community 

The Northern Beaches is home to a higher than average percentage of artists, creatives and cultural workers. 

Our local creative community generated $1,16m in economic output and $790 million in value added for the Northern Beaches Council area in 2018/19 (4.2% of Greater Sydney's total Cultural and Creative Sector value). Our artists and creatives are the drivers of a vibrant local economy.

The Northern Beaches creative sector has the 2nd highest number of jobs in NSW for specialised design and photographic services, book and magazine publishing and arts education and the 3rd highest number of jobs in NSW for architects, artists, musicians, writers and performers. Our creative economy supported 7,050 local jobs (6.5% of total jobs in the LGA) and provided employment for 13,207 residents (8.5% of all employed residents) in 2018/19.

Find out more about our local Northern Beaches cultural and creative sector

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Our Local Creatives

Each month we showcase some of the talented people who live and work in our community, exploring the diversity of artistic and creative practices on the Northern Beaches.

Find more of our creative community on Instagram through the hashtag #creativenorthernbeaches. With 900+ posts, join in and use the hashtag to share your own local creative practice.

If you would like to apply to be or nominate a Local Creative, please email us at creative@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Creative of the month

Andrew Land

Our local creative for March is Andrew Land.

Young emerging creative, Andrew Land, was selected to participate in Express Yourself 2021, an exhibition of exceptional HSC Visual Art works selected from 20 Northern Beaches secondary schools, and now on display at Manly Art Gallery & Museum. 

Andrew’s work, Her Golden Fields, “Her Beauty and her Terrors”, received a Highly Commended Award and was painted as a response to the catastrophic bushfires during the summer of 2019/2020.

Check out our interview with Andrew

Sophia Davidson Gluyas

Our local creative for February is Sophia Davidson Gluyas. (Image © Julia Firak)

Sophia is a local playwright, director and producer who is passionate about bringing more theatre to the northern beaches, and sharing stories about queer lives.

With the support of an Arts & Creativity Grant, Sophia will present her new play, Tell Me Something, in a staged reading at Council’s new creative space, Avalon Workshop, in the first public reading of her work in March. 

Find Sophia online 

Check out our interview with Sophia

Previous Local Creatives

  • Visual artist - Fiona Verity
  • Designer/Maker - Toby Eagle

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