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 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 email@example.com if you are interested in finding out more about our Street Art Program.
Public art opportunities
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, General Manager, Sustainability and Culture, Barangaroo South, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org