Sat 19 Oct
Sun 26 Apr

The Warringah Aquatic Centre outdoor garden comes alive this summer with a six month exhibition of contemporary sculpture to celebrate 40 years of the Warringah Aquatic Centre.

3D Poolside features stand-alone sculptures and site-specific installations by emerging and established artists from the local area and beyond in an exhibition that will change throughout summer.

Participating artists include:

  • Sandy Bliim
  • Kassandra Bossell 
  • John Fitzmaurice 
  • Sallie Portnoy
  • Leesa Knights 
  • Penny Polkinghorne
  • Maria Romeo 
  • Jayanto Damanik Tan
  • Jake James
  • Gemma Rose Mckenzie-Booth
  • Pamela Lee Brenner
  • Stephanie Powell
  • Angela van Boxtel
  • Matthew Wilcock
  • Alison Thompson
  • Thomas C. Chung
  • Victoria Norman
  • Suzanne Davey

Cost

Pool entry fee applies 

Opening hours

Daily 9am – 5pm

This event is a part of The Ocean Festival

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Wed 4 Dec
Sun 15 Dec

An exploration into what has motivated the studio artists to develop new work this year as part of the Northern Beaches Artist Studios Program.

  • Ivy Baddock
  • Emma Kidd
  • Grace Hosegood
  • Daniel Krause

The exhibition will be open 10am – 4pm daily.

 

The exhibition opening will be held on Wednesday 4 December 6-8pm. All welcome!

Fri 6 Dec
Sun 23 Feb

The Manly Dam area is a unique landscape rich in natural biodiversity, shaped by the interventions of engineering and science. Once the source of drinking water in Sydney’s north, freshwater continues to flow from the catchment to the sea.

Along with a rich Aboriginal cultural significance, the area’s European history is layered with stories of social and recreational activity.

Adjacent to this area, now known as the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park, is a hub of international research through the work of the Water Research Laboratory (WRL), a facility of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney.

Eight contemporary artists from a variety of practices have created new work inspired by place, history, water management and engineering.

Presented by Manly Art Gallery & Museum and UNSW-WRL, supported by the Aboriginal Heritage Office.

Curated by Professor Ian Turner and Katherine Roberts

Artists

Shoufay Derz
Blak Douglas
Nigel Helyer
David Middlebrook
Sue Pedley
Melissa Smith
Cathe Stack
Nicole Welch

Participating Engineers

Ian Coghlan
Chris Drummond
Francois Flocard
Mitchell Harley
Alice Harrison
Tino Heimhuber
Gabriella Lumiatti
Ben Modra​​​​​​​

Associated Events

  • Artists ‘in conversation’ - Sunday 8 December, 3 - 4pm
    Katherine Roberts leads a conversation with the artists about their experiences working on the Manly Dam Project, their creative processes and artworks in the exhibition. 
     
  • Sound Walk Workshop - Mon 10 February 2020, 10am – 12.30pm
    Join sculptor, sound-artist and writer, Dr Nigel Helyer, (a.k.a. DrSonique) for this workshop which will lead you on an audio journey which will test the power of language to find the descriptive and analytical language to describe sound in the environment.
     
  • Water Research Laboratory Open Day - Saturday 15 February 2020, 9am – 1pm
    The WRL Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to experience first-hand this unique, world-class research facility.
     
  • Guided Walk at Manly Dam - Friday 21 February 2020, 10am – 1pm
    Join Karen Smith, the Aboriginal Heritage Office’s Education Officer on a guided walk from the Dam Wall, along the escarpment and to the Curl Curl Creek waterfall and returning along the water’s edge.
Fri 13 Dec
4.00 PM - 8.00 PM

Bring your friends, family and a picnic blanket down to Dee Why Beach for the annual Christmas concert. 

All your favourite traditional carols and a children's Christmas show bringing entertainment for the whole family.

There will be free face painting, free Santa photos as well as a jumping castle for the kids!

We look forward to celebrating Christmas with you! 

Food vendors

Enjoy a tasty treat form our delicious food vendors operating from 4pm to 8pm.

Chill Bar - Fresh Gelato

Baristas Lab - Coffee and Refreshments 

Lambda Souvla Grill – Greek Street Food

Satay Brothers - Asian Fusion Street Food

Santa photos

Make sure you get your photo with Santa! Thanks to Cunninghams

Session Times: 

  • Santa Photos session 1- 4.00pm to 4.30pm
  • Santa Photos session 2- 4.45pm to 5.15pm
  • Santa Photos session 3 -5:30pm to 5:45pm
  • Santa Photos session 4 - 6.45pm - 7.15pm
  • Santa Photos session 5 -7.30pm - 8.00pm

 

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Fri 13 Dec
7.45 PM - 9.45 PM

Come and join us on a night walk through Manly Dam and surrounding bushland with an expert guide who will help you discover the nocturnal species that inhabit the park.

Learn more about the behaviour of these animals and their habitat needs.

This is a great family friendly activity!

This session is booked out

Tue 17 Dec
6.30 PM - 8.00 PM

With solar becoming more affordable than ever, there's never been a better time to consider solar power and battery storage for your home.

Come along to this free information session to find out whether solar and batteries are right for your home.

This information session will help you:

  • Understand how solar and batteries work
  • Find out how to get the right system for your home
  • Understand how to claim the government rebates

This event is part of Council's Simplifying Solar program

Mon 23 Dec
10.00 AM - 3.00 PM

Join us for a day of fun and adventure with rock platform rambles, beach games, giant sand sculptures and fossil hunting.

This event is for children aged 6-12 years old. 

Kids on the Coast is a Northern Beaches Council school holiday program. It is run at the Coastal Environment Centre and delivered by qualified education staff.

Bookings Essential

Mon 6 Jan
10.00 AM - 3.00 PM

Schools out, Summer is here, so come and be a Coastal Ranger for the day and help us care for our coast, while having lots of fun in the fresh air.

A day of exploring, investigating and playing in the sun. 

This event is for children aged 6-12 years.

Kids on the Coast is a Northern Beaches Council school holiday program.

It is run at the Coastal Environment Centre and delivered by qualified education staff.

Bookings

Wed 8 Jan
10.00 AM - 3.00 PM

We have your ticket booked on the Hogwarts Express bound for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Join us for a day of Harry Potter themed activities and fun.

We'll be making potions, creating invisible ink, testing your potter knowledge and much more.

This event is for children aged 6-12 years.

Kids on the Coast is a Northern Beaches Council school holiday program. It is run at the Coastal Environment Centre and delivered by qualified education staff.

This session is fully booked

Mon 13 Jan
10.00 AM - 3.00 PM

Come with us and uncover secrets long forgotten along our coast line. We will be searching for ancient fossils in our local rocks and will also try your hand at making your own fossil.

This event is for children aged 6-12 years.

Kids on the Coast is a Northern Beaches Council school holiday program. It is run at the Coastal Environment Centre and delivered by qualified education staff.

This session is fully booked