Council’s public art program creates opportunities for artists and the community to celebrate the creative life of the Northern Beaches in public spaces and places. We partner with artists, arts organisations and community groups to develop art projects that express the identity of the Northern Beaches, enhance the natural and built environment and explore our community’s unique culture and heritage.
New Street Art Program launches
A new Street Art Program is commencing in the Northern Beaches, with three commission opportunities for site-responsive street art / murals opening at Brookvale Community Centre, Whistler Street Car Park, Manly and Peninsula Carpark, Manly.
Council’s Street Art Program brings artists, residents, businesses, property owners and the community together to create exciting new artworks in unexpected places. Murals by young artists are transforming streets and laneways across the Northern Beaches, connecting communities, reducing graffiti and stopping unwanted tagging. Check out these past street art projects outside Manly Library and in the Pacific Waves carpark.
How to register
Please see the Expression of Interest document for details. Artists will be required to provide a short written response introducing their practice and detailing their interest in the project/s, a current CV, client references and images of previous works. No concept designs are required at this stage.
Closes 9 December 2020.
For more information please email christiane.statham@ northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
Northern Beaches Coast Walk Aboriginal Art & Storytelling Project
Council is currently developing the Northern Beaches Coast Walk stretching from Manly to Palm Beach as a continuous path along beach fronts and spectacular headlands, through residential communities and coastal villages. A public art trail will be delivered as part of this larger Coast Walk project.
The Aboriginal Art and Storytelling Project is a major opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal culture as the first outcome of the Northern Beaches Coast Walk Public Art Strategy.
We invite Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations, and teams that can demonstrate Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander-led business principles and governance to register their interest in proposing a series of contemporary public artworks and visual storytelling systems to highlight the significance of Aboriginal culture and place along the Coast Walk and to promote awareness of Aboriginal places and stories for the broader public, via creative forms of interpretation.
These artworks should aim to enrich Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people's experience of the region, without compromising environmentally fragile and culturally sensitive sites. The budget for this project is $350,000. The commission includes the concept, design, development, documentation, fabrication and installation of the artwork as a suite of elements. Artworks could include, but are not limited to, sculpture, immersive installations, sound works, functional/integrated art, light works, digital applications, environmental art and murals.
For more information about this project please contact Public Art Coordinator, Christiane Statham firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Council's eProcurement portal to apply. Closes 24 November 2020.
Expression of Interest open
Voluntary Cultural Advisors for the Northern Beaches Public Art Selection Panel
Northern Beaches Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to fill up to three voluntary positions as Cultural Advisors to the Public Art Selection Panel.
The Advisors will assist the Selection Panel in the shortlisting and selection of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander artists/teams for a forthcoming Aboriginal Art and Storytelling Project. Submissions will be assessed by the Northern Beaches Aboriginal Advisory Working Group.
For more information please email email@example.com.
New mural for Mona Vale
Check out the birds and the bush tucker in Bungan Lane with Mona Vale's new street art project Midnight Dream by David Cragg.
"A celebration of local endangered flora and fauna, Midnight Dream champions the diverse and dazzling natural world that exists across the Northern Beaches. An endangered Regent Honeyeater and a bold Superb Fairy Wren take centre stage, framed by the rare and locally significant grevillea caleyi. Other endemic bushtucker species are woven through the composition, such as acacia wattle, blue-flax lily, lomandra longifolia, native geranium, banksias and illawarra plums. Key bushtucker species like these benefit pollinators like birds and bees, while nectar distributors like the Regent Honeyeaters are crucial to healthy forests and ecosystems. Rainbow trees reference my First Nations heritage as well as First Nations peoples continued connection to the Land and Dreaming. A continuation of these species wraps around the corner into the driveway, alluding to the need for growth and protection of these important native species."
A group of young creatives - Karla Hayes, Harley Stevenson, Nina Korgul, and Tom Watson and Cody Twohill - helped David install the work on site. The mural project was funded by a grant from the Crime Prevention Division of the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, supported in-kind by Kennards Hire, Mona Vale and made possible by the building owners of 20 Bungan Street, Mona Vale.
Art along the Coast Walk
The Northern Beaches Coast Walk, stretching from Manly to Palm Beach, connects and celebrates some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches and surf breaks, ocean rock pools, aquatic reserves, surf lifesaving clubs, headlands, lagoons, archaeological sites and places of significant local heritage.
This spectacular coastline is a unique and memorable walking experience for visitors and locals alike and we are developing creative opportunities to explore our beach culture, local history, the spectacular natural environment and Aboriginal heritage along the Coast Walk through a public art trail.
Street Art Program
Our Street Art Program brings artists, residents, businesses, property owners and the community together to create exciting new artworks in unexpected places. Murals by young artists are transforming streets and laneways across the Northern Beaches, connecting communities, reducing graffiti and stopping unwanted tagging. Check out these past street art projects outside Manly Library and in the Pacific Waves carpark.
Council does not require approval of street art on private developments (known as exempt development), if it meets the requirements of SEPP (exempt and complying). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in finding out more about our Street Art Program.
Council offers a range of opportunities to get involved in both temporary and permanent public art projects. Sign up to hear about Expressions of Interest and other creative opportunities.
Past public art projects
- Guide to Public Art in Manly
- 3D Poolside: Sculpture at the WAC, 2019
- Ainslie Murray, ‘Humane Hostility’, 2017
- Avalon Art Carnival, 2015
- La Lune, 2014
- Eramboo ‘On Islands’, 2014
- Art in Odd Places, 2013
Public Art Policy and Guidelines
The Public Art Policy and Guidelines provide a clear framework of principles that express Council’s commitment to the vital role of public art in the overall strategic planning of the Northern Beaches.
Connected Through Creativity 2029, the Northern Beaches Arts and Creativity Strategy, identifies a series of opportunities and approaches to creating public art that celebrates the cultural heritage and extraordinary natural environment of the Northern Beaches, ranging from community based artworks in village centres, to iconic new major art projects along the Coast Walk.
Public Art Working Group
Northern Beaches Council’s Public Art Working Group meets quarterly to assist Council achieve the public art aims and objectives outlined in the Northern Beaches Arts and Creativity Strategy, Connected Through Creativity 2029 and the Public Art Policy and Guidelines
The Working Group includes representatives from the local community and elected Councillors and provides informed advice on matters relating to the proposed commissioning and acquisition of permanent public art for the Northern Beaches. View the members
Public Art Selection Panel
Northern Beaches Council’s Public Art Selection Panel provides independent expert advice on the procurement of permanent public art for the Northern Beaches, as required by Council’s Public Art Policy.
- Steven Alderton, Director, National Art School
- Clothilde Bullen, Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions, Museum of Contemporary Art
- Tony Geddes, former Director, Mosman Art Gallery
- Annie Tennant, National Urban Strategist, Lendlease
- Kylie Walshe, Executive Manager, Community Arts & Culture, or her representative
The Panel meets as required to assist Council implement the vision and goals of the Arts and Creativity Strategy Connected Through Creativity 2029, which includes the delivery of the Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan and other public art projects initiated by Council.
For more information about public art on the Northern Beaches please email: email@example.com