Council has a number of evolving public art projects, including street art projects and public art throughout the Northern Beaches and along the Coast Walk.

Keep an eye on this page for our current and upcoming projects across the Northern Beaches.

Contact sally.lewis@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au if you are interested in finding out more about our Public Art Program.

Elliott Routledge, Strange Oasis, 2023

Strange Oasis, Elliott Routledge

Manly Art Gallery and Museum , Manly
Routledge's 'Strange Oasis' highlights the unusual co-location of beach and museum, and the museum and gallery’s role as a place of sanctuary and respite. A beacon visible from the ferry wharf and across the harbour, the artwork draws one's eyes and feet to the gallery doors.
Artwork on column of Mona Vale SLSC

A Garigal Welcome to Country, Michael Glasheen and Leslie McLeod

Surfview Road , Mona Vale
As part of the Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan, artists engaged with the local Aboriginal community and key stakeholders to develop designs based on rock engravings of the Elvina Track and other sites in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Metal artwork of a swimmer emerging from brick wall

Crawl, Loui Fraser

Manly Surf Life Saving Club Ashburner St &, S Steyne, Manly
Artist Loui Fraser has recently overseen the bronze casting of her work Crawl, 1997. The original steel and concrete version of the artwork was donated by the artist to the former Manly Council in 2000 and graced the façade of the Manly Life Saving Club for over 20 years. Casting this artwork in bronze ensures the longevity of the artwork into the future.
A man and a woman stand in front of a stone carving of a man surfing.

Midget Farrelly Recognition

Ocean Road , Palm Beach
Midget Farrelly was the first Australian to win a major international surfing title, the 1962 Makaha International Surfing Championships, the unofficial world surfing championship of the day. Born 13 September 1944, Midget lived at Palm Beach for 54 years and he surfed there almost every day. This project was funded by the Midget Farrelly Recognition Committee and supported by his family.
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Ocean Dreaming, Leesa Knights

Pittwater Road , Collaroy
As part of the Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan, Leesa Knights's artwork explores and fuses elements of art, culture, imagination and nature. As one of the Northern Beaches leading environmental artists, Knights's works echo the beauty and delicacy of our planet.
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Oyster Shells - Middens, Frances Belle Parker

Narrabeen Park Parade , North Narrabeen
Council commissioned Frances Belle Parker and Urban Art Projects to create 'Oyster Shells- Middens' as part of the Aboriginal Art & Storytelling Project, the first major project of the Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan. This installation includes a number of cast aluminium oyster shells arranged in clusters along the coast walk to represent middens.
MacKillop Park

Signal Fire, mili mili with Nicole Monks

25 Lumsdaine Drive , Freshwater
As part of the Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan, Council commissioned First Nations Public Art team mili mili to create Signal Fire at McKillop Park at Freshwater’s headland. "Signal fires have been lit on headlands up and down the East Coast by Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years as part of a sophisticated system of communication" Nicole Monks, mili mili.
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Through the wind and water, Dennis Golding with Collide Public Art Initiative

St David Ave , Dee Why
Dennis Golding is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist from northwestern NSW who was born and raised on Gadigal land (Redfern, Sydney). 'Through the wind and water' explores topographical patterning of the local landscapes and waters as a way of acknowledging First Nations people’s cultural connection to Country.
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Whale Songs, Frances Belle Parker

off Anzac Avenue , Collaroy
Council commissioned Frances Belle Parker and Urban Art Projects to create a series of bronze plaques titled 'Whale Songs' as part of the Aboriginal Art & Storytelling Project, the first major project of the Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan. The stories on the plaques refer to Aboriginal stories of 'singing-in' of the whales along the coastline of the Northern Beaches.
metal disc artwork with whales engraved on it

Whale Songs, Frances Belle Parker

Barrenjoey Road , Avalon
Council commissioned Frances Belle Parker and Urban Art Projects to create a series of bronze plaques titled 'Whale Songs' as part of the Aboriginal Art & Storytelling Project, the first major project of the Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan. The stories on the plaques refer to Aboriginal stories of 'singing-in' of the whales along the coastline of the Northern Beaches.