• Oyster Shell artwork at Narrabeen Lagoon by Frances Belle Parker

    Oyster Shells - Middens, 2022, by Frances Belle Parker with Urban Art Projects (UAP)

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:

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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.

Public artwork by Dennis Golding and Collide Public Art Initiative in St David Avenue Park, Dee Why

Through the wind and water, 2022, by Dennis Golding and Collide Public Art Initiative

Image courtesy Collide Public Art Initiative

Current projects

Learn more about current and upcoming public art projects across the Northern Beaches

Art along the Coast Walk

Explore our beach culture, local history, the spectacular natural environment and Aboriginal heritage along the Coast Walk through a public art trail.

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. 

Ruth Downes, Market Lane Mural, 2005, Acrylic paint on brick. Market Lane, Manly 

Past projects

Past public art projects Guide to Public Art in Manly Art in Odd Places, 2013 La Lune, 2014 Ainslie Murray, ‘Humane Hostility’, 2017

Artist impression - McKillop Park, Freshwater, looking up. Work and impression by mili mili. Courtesy mili mili

Public Art Selection Panel

The Panel provides independent expert advice on the procurement of permanent public art for the Northern Beaches, as required by Council’s Public ...