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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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Keep in touch with arts and creativity on the Northern Beaches with Creative News.

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

Our local creative for May is Catherine Mack.

Creative producer and actor, Catherine Mack thrives on creative deadlines and challenges, and with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic she developed a new project providing opportunities for the other creatives around her to work in an alternate medium.

With the support of an Arts & Creativity Grant, Catherine has produced an evocative podcast series 'Night Light’, ‘for restless heads and racing hearts’, narrated by some of Australia’s favourite performers.

Check out our interview with Catherine

Previous Local Creatives

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

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