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 of the month

Sammy Taylor

Our local creative for January is Sammy Taylor.

Sammy is an emerging singer/songwriter, music producer and musician who has performed widely at venues across the Northern Beaches and beyond.

With the support of a Creative Community Support Grant, Sammy has written and produced her new single, Something, that is being released this month.

Find Sammy online, on Instagram or check out her Youtube channel.

Check out our interview with Sammy

John Ogden

Our local creative for December is John Ogden.

Like many professional creatives, John weaves his magic across several artforms, including film, photography and writing.  A Northern Beaches’ local for many years, John has embedded himself within our creative community.

He has just released his latest book, Whitewash, completed with the support of a Creative Community Support Grant.

Find John online or on Instagram

Check out our interview with John

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