Spotlight on Jo Neville

Photo portrait of Jo Neville holding a paper flower in front of her eye

Jo Neville creates papered worlds. She is the artist and designer behind Paper Couture, a creative practice operating since 2000. With varied collaborators including fellow artists and high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, and Moet Chandon, Jo also works on private commissions and sells a range of paper products.

Where possible, Jo engages in her local environment, making paper artworks that tell the story of the area she is located using paper as the main medium. Jo specialises in paper native blooms found on the northern beaches, including banksia, bottlebrush, flowering gum, waratah, flannel flowers, wattle, and xanthorea.

Read our interview with Jo Neville


Our creative community

The Northern Beaches is home to a higher than average percentage of artists, creatives and cultural workers. 

Our local creative community generated $1,16m in economic output and $790 million in value added for the Northern Beaches Council area in 2018/19 (4.2% of Greater Sydney's total Cultural and Creative Sector value). Our artists and creatives are the drivers of a vibrant local economy.

The Northern Beaches creative sector has the 2nd highest number of jobs in NSW for specialised design and photographic services, book and magazine publishing and arts education and the 3rd highest number of jobs in NSW for architects, artists, musicians, writers and performers. Our creative economy supported 7,050 local jobs (6.5% of total jobs in the LGA) and provided employment for 13,207 residents (8.5% of all employed residents) in 2018/19.

Find out more about our local Northern Beaches cultural and creative sector

Our Local Creatives

Each month we showcase some of the talented people who live and work in our community, exploring the diversity of artistic and creative practices on the Northern Beaches.

Find more of our creative community on Instagram through the hashtag #creativenorthernbeaches. With 5000+ posts, join in and use the hashtag to share your own local creative practice.

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Screenshot from the video artwork Pakoko, showing a female Polynesian dancer performing on the cliffs next to the ocean at sunrise.