• Dee Why Beach, ephemeral structure made from debris after a storm, 2020

    Dee Why Beach, ephemeral structure made from debris after a storm, 2020

Council’s public art program creates opportunities for artists and the community to celebrate the creative life of the Northern Beaches in the public domain. 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.

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.

Street Art Program

Council’s Street Art Program fosters creativity and reduces graffiti across the Northern Beaches. By partnering with local street artists and building owners, we are fostering a collaborative approach to commissioning exciting new artworks in unexpected places. 

Check out these past street art projects outside Manly Library and in the Pacific Waves carpark. A vibrant new mural is currently being commissioned for Bungan Lane in Mona Vale. 



Public Art Opportunities

Artist Call Out: Mona Vale Mural Project

EOI closes 24 July

Submissions for the Bungan Lane Street Art Project are now open.

We are seeking talented artists to produce concepts for a large-scale art mural in Mona Vale. The artwork, planned for an 11m high (approx.) wall at the back of 20 Bungan Street, will bring colour and life to the laneway area and utilise the talents of young, local creatives who will help paint and install the final artwork.

Download the EOI document to find out more about our latest street art initiative.



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.

Public Art Working Group Members:

Cr Penny Philpott (Frenchs Forest Ward)

Cr Sue Heins (Narrabeen Ward)

Cr Kylie Ferguson (Pittwater Ward)

Aunty Clair Jackson

John Pearson

Marissa Bateman

Penny Polkinghorne

Billie Routledge

Simon Barrett

Ashley McDonald

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.

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.

Public Art Selection Panel Members

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


For more information about public art on the Northern Beaches please email: