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Are you part of our creative community?

Please take our survey and help us map Creative Northern Beaches.

We want to know where our creative community lives and works, what they do and to understand the impact of COVID-19 since March 2020.

Your feedback will be added to the Northern Beaches Culture Map, which will include local cultural places and spaces, festivals and events, community cultural organisations, education and development resources, cultural and natural heritage assets and the local creative sector.

Mapping our cultural assets and resources, and recording what makes the Northern Beaches truly unique, will inform our future cultural planning and programming. It will help us gain a deeper understanding of cultural resources including how to build capacity and sustainability across the sector, and grow a resilient, creative community.

Complete our survey and go into the draw to win an annual subscription to ArtsHub.

Please note, assistance for creatives during COVID-19 can be found on our website.


Our Arts and Creativity Strategy Connected Through Creativity 2029 recognises the fundamental importance of the arts and creativity to the Northern Beaches way of life and the wellbeing of its community. Participation in arts and cultural activities is increasingly recognised for its importance in mental health, belonging and community resilience.

Connected Through Creativity 2029 identifies a cultural mapping and needs analysis as a key action to build a deeper understanding of the local creative sector.

Cultural mapping is a planning tool that uses multiple data sources and community engagement to document a community’s cultural assets or resources. The process of mapping or auditing a community’s cultural resources often focuses on mapping two key areas:

  1. Resources - such as schools, libraries and community centres.
  2. Identity - for example, stories and collective memory that create a sense of identity.


  • Timeline item 1

    Apr 2020: Cultural resources framework

    Develop a framework to map the categories of cultural resources

  • Timeline item 2

    May - Aug 2020: Cultural database

    Collect and review existing data including economic cultural data, organisations and businesses, community cultural organisations, places and spaces, local artists and creatives

  • Timeline item 3

    Aug - Sep 2020: Creative Northern Beaches Survey

    Survey the local creative sector to complete the cultural database and understand impacts of COVID19

  • Timeline item 4

    Nov 2020 - Feb 2021: ​Northern Beaches Culture Map Report ​

    Finalise the Northern Beaches Culture Map report identifying key themes and recommendations for Council

  • Timeline item 5

    Mar 2021: Public Exhibition

    Draft Northern Beaches Culture Map endorsed for, and placed on, public exhibition.

  • Timeline item 6

    May 2021: Northern Beaches Culture Map endorsed by Council

    A resource for evidence-based planning, programming and future decision-making.

Find out more

Have questions or want to learn more about the project please contact us

Name Megan Treharne, Cultural Planning & Engagement Coordinator
Phone 1300 434 434

Image credits

Banner image: Colin Fraser

Tile image: Henry Curchod, mural Avalon