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  • Kentaro Yoshida street art installation in progress, February 2021. Photograph by Connor Neil. 

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.

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.

For more information about public art on the Northern Beaches please email: christiane.statham@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au 

Current Public Art Opportunities 

Find out more creative opportunities here

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 christiane.statham@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au if you are interested in finding out more about our Street Art Program.

Coming Soon: New Street Art Commissions

Three new Street Art Commissions are about to get underway in the Northern Beaches. These site-responsive murals and creative projects are part of Council’s Street Art Program, which brings together artists, residents, businesses and the community to create exciting new works in unexpected places.

Keep an eye out as these projects take shape over the coming weeks including:

Brookvale Community Centre

Artist: Kentaro Yoshida 

Commencing February 2021

Kentaro Yoshida was born and raised in a rural fishing village in Toyama, Japan. At the age of 18, he moved to Australia in pursuit of sunny beaches and a more balanced lifestyle. Currently based in the Northern Beaches, Kentaro is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer who is passionate about both traditional and digital media. Kentaro’s work is known for its exuberant characters, narrative style, skilful composition and quirky sense of humour. He has worked with various international brands, as well as on private commissions, and recently completed a major mural commission at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the Japan Supernatural exhibition (2 Nov 2019 – 8 Mar 2020).

Peninsula Carpark, Manly

Artist: Claire Foxton

Commencing March 2021

Claire Foxton is an Australian artist and designer whose vivid photo-realistic murals can be found across Australia, New Zealand and the United States. With a distinctive mix of abstract and realistic techniques, Claire’s painted mural works explore a site-specific narrative, often concerned with the connectedness of people and place.

Through considered colour palettes and acute attention to textural details, Claire's work draws the viewer into a consideration of land, story & cultural identity. Abstract representations of surrounding landscapes and environments are explored through gestural mark-making, colour and texture.

Whistler Street Carpark, Manly

Artist:  Otis Hope Carey

Commencing March 2021

Otis Hope Carey, is a proud Gumbaynggirr/Bundjalung Man, artist and professional surfer. His three main bodies of work essentially focus on the ocean, ‘Gaagal’ an important clan totem for the Gumbaynggirr people of the mid-north coast of New South Wales; ‘Ngalunggirr Miinggi’, Healing Spirit, which focuses on its healing qualities; and ‘Ngiinda Darrundang Gaagal’, ‘I Thank the Ocean’, which incorporates his interpretation of ‘Gaagal Yuludarla’, a ceremonial ‘Ocean Dreaming’ dance.  His work expresses a contemporary interpretation of Indigenous symbolism, and speaks of the artist’s profound connection to his family, culture and country.

Carey was a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2018 and in the 2020 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.

More information will be added as the projects evolve. Watch this space.

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.

Discover more about the plans for this long-term project through our Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan and Scoping Study.

Stay connected

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.

Selection panels

These groups assist Council achieve the public art aims and objectives, vision and goals outlined in the Northern Beaches Arts and Creativity ...

Past projects

Past public art projects Guide to Public Art in Manly 3D Poolside: Sculpture at the WAC, 2019 Ainslie Murray, ‘Humane Hostility’, 2017 Avalon ...