Council has a number of evolving public art projects, including street art projects and public art throughout the Northern Beaches and on the Coast Walk.
Keep an eye on this page for our upcoming projects across the Northern Beaches.
McKillop Park, Freshwater: First Nations art and design studio mili mili
This project is a major open commission for the Coast Walk, a path that stretches 36km from Manly to Palm Beach, traversing one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. This coastline is rich in stories of cultural, historical and environmental significance.
The Coast Walk Public Art Project in McKillop Park will be a landmark artwork, which will respond to the site’s natural landscape, environmental conditions and local history.
McKillop Park is an iconic viewpoint; a place where people pause, take photographs, check local surf conditions and enjoy the panoramic ocean view. It is a good vantage point during whale watching season, and is an important site at the southern end of the Coast Walk.
First Nations Public Art team mili mili has been commissioned for this project. mili mili is an established First Nations art and design studio co-founded by award winning designer and artist Nicole Monks. Monks is a multidisciplinary artist of Yamaji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage, living and working on Worimi and Awabakal Country (Newcastle).
St David Avenue Park, Dee Why public art commission: artists James Voller and Dennis Golding
St David Avenue Park is currently being upgraded. The site was identified in the Dee Why Town Centre Master Plan 2013 and Placemaking + Public Art Dee Why Town Centre 2015, as a location for a significant public artwork.
James Voller of Collide Public Art Initiative, working in collaboration with Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist, Dennis Golding, have been commissioned to create an ambitious, contemporary public artwork that will integrate into and enhance the St David Ave site. Core to the project will be a dialogue between Dennis Golding and local Aboriginal communities. In response to ideas and narratives that evolve out of these conversations, Dennis will create a range of topographical designs that will form the basis for this significant public artwork exploring memories of culture and landscape.
The artwork, scheduled to be installed in November, aims to enrich the local area and reflect its cultural fabric, and looks at where Dee Why has come from, where it is now, and where it is headed.
Aboriginal Art & Storytelling Project: artist Frances Belle Parker
This project aims to acknowledge, respect and share the stories of the Northern Beaches Aboriginal people through a series of public artworks along the Coast Walk. An Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander artist or artist-led team will be commissioned for this project, the foundational project of the Coast Walk.
Three local Aboriginal Cultural Advisors provided advice and feedback to the Public Art Selection Panel on this project.
Artist Frances Belle Parker, working with Urban Art Projects, has been selected for this project. Read more in the Latest News.
Robert Dunn Reserve, South Mona Vale Headland
This project presents an opportunity for an integrated artwork, responding to the particulars of this site and landscape, and was open to members of the Northern Beaches Public Art Artist Panel.
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club
An opportunity for a member of the Northern Beaches Public Art Artist Panel to create an embedded public artwork in the public area adjacent to the new Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.
Artist Michael Glasheen, working with Leslie McLeod, has been selected for this project.
Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club
An opportunity for a member of the Northern Beaches Public Art Artist Panel to create an embedded public artwork in the public area adjacent to the new Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club.
Artist Leesa Knights has been selected for this project.