• Claire Foxton, Native treasure, 2021 (detail). Manly Peninsula Carpark. 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. Find out more about our current creative opportunities.

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

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.

Past projects

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

Selection panels

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

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

Street art

Transforming streets and laneways across the Northern Beaches, connecting communities and reducing unwanted tagging. 

Upcoming projects

Council has a number of evolving public art projects, including street art projects and public art throughout the region and on the Coast Walk.