Public Art Working Group - applications now closed

We are establishing a Public Art Working Group of expert community members to assist in the delivery of the community’s vision for public art on the Northern Beaches.

The Working Group will assist the development of public art strategies, the identification of public art sites and the drafting of artists’ briefs for major public artworks and activities on the Northern Beaches.

  • The Public Art Working Group will operate from September 2019 until September 2022
  • Meetings will be held quarterly, on a Wednesday or Thursday between 5pm and 7pm
  • Please note that membership to the working group may impact an artist's eligibility to tender for future commissions.

For more information please view -

For queries please contact Eilis O'Beirne on 1300 434 434 or email

Applications closed Sunday 25 August

Public Art Selection Panel to be established

A Public Art Selection Panel will provide advice to assist the selection of artists for public art projects and will assess and recommend artworks to Council.

The Panel will comprise of up to five members including:

  • four representatives with professional expertise and extensive experience in the selection and commissioning of public art; the visual arts or architectural, urban and landscape design
  • Executive Manager Community Arts and Culture, or delegate (Chair)

View Terms of Reference for Public Art Selection Panel - May 2019

Public art along the Coast Walk

Our breathtaking coastline has the potential to be a unique and memorable walking experience like no other, all the way from Manly to Palm Beach.

We are identifying opportunities to explore our beach culture, history, the spectacular natural environment and local Aboriginal heritage through public art.

Priority sites have been identified and public art will be commissioned over the next three years.

Tenders for Artist Panel closed

Tenders for the Northern Beaches Artists Panel closed on 25 July 2019.

We received 50 submissions from an impressive range of artists, community groups and consortiums.

The artist panel will undertake public artworks for the Coast Walk and other locations across the Northern Beaches.

We are currently assessing each submission in line with the procurement process and will announce the successful artists within the next month or so.

Project updates

Avalon Beach is a much loved community place where people come together and enjoy one of the beautiful beaches the Northern Beaches has to offer.

It was also identified during the community consultation for the Coast Walk Public Art as a prioriity site for public art.

We are currrently working on several public art projects around Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) to enhance this naturally beautiful area and to commemorate its rich surfing heritage.

The upcoming works include -

  • a sandstone sculptured 'Whale Stone', created by Richard Stutchbury and donated by the community, will be installed adjacent to the current beach shower, giving the community a place to throw their towel while showering or simply to sit and appreciate the beautiful Avalon beach and headland.
  • the installation of two plaques/interpretive signs celebrating Avalon’s surfing history.
  • re-freshing the eighteen previously painted bollards in front of the SLSC.

We are also considering additional art projects -

  • painting a mural on the Avalon Beach surf club wall
  • installing a hexagonal plinth to commemorate the original footprint of the historic onsite kiosk.

Following the public exhibition of the draft Northern Beaches Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan, a report was considered at a meeting on 28 May recommending that Council adopt the plan as amended following public consultation.

View Council Report - Item 10.2 pge 88

Council resolved at this meeting to adopt the amended Northern Beaches Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan and supporting documents for implementation.

View Council Minutes (page 15)

View adopted Northern Beaches Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan_Final_May 2019

View adopted Northern Beaches Coast Walk Public Art Scoping Study, Final Report, May 2019

One step closer to delivering major public art for the Northern Beaches Coast Walk.

At its meeting on 26 February 2019, Council resolved to place the draft Northern Beaches Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan and the draft Northern Beaches Coast Walk Public Art Scoping Study on public exhibition.

Both the Strategic Plan and Scoping Study are the culmination of extensive community engagement and collaboration by Council with our local arts, heritage and environmental community groups and organisations. They identify themes, concepts, opportunities and key locations for creative outcomes and provide a clear vision, principles and curatorial framework to guide the future planning and delivery of public artworks, integrated design projects, heritage interpretation and cultural programs at various sites along the Coast Walk.

Two million dollars over a four-year period has been allocated to the project from Council’s Merger Savings Fund.

The draft Strategic Plan and Scoping Study can be viewed at all Council’s libraries, main offices and arts venues such as the Glen Street theatre, The Curl Curl Creative Space, Manly Art Gallery & Museum and Avalon Recreation Centre.

How to get involved

We are keen to hear your thoughts on the draft Strategic Plan and Scoping Study.

  • Complete a feedback form (closed)
  • Make a submission in writing marked "Coast Walk - Strategic Plan" to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655

Council will soon call for expressions of interest from artists with a view to commissioning artworks for this environmentally sensitive coastal area.

Submissions close Sunday 31 March

The Strategic Plan for the Coast Walk Public Art Project is almost complete.

Supported by a comprehensive scoping study of the coastline and an extensive program of community and stakeholder engagement, the Strategic Plan will be presented to Council in early 2019.

Developed to guide the community’s long-term vision for artists to create inspiring and memorable public spaces along the Coast Walk, the Plan will:

· deliver guiding principles for acquiring and commissioning public art

· identify priority projects and locations for artwork

· establish where artworks can be integrated into both landscape and architectural planning and design.

We look forward to delivering this significant milestone in the project – a community-driven plan that will determine how public art can help people experience the walkway that connects this extraordinary coastal landscape.

The comments period for sharing ideas about favourite locations has now closed.

We will continue to update this project page as the project progresses.

Where are your favourite places along the Coast Walk?

Share your ideas, comments and photos on the interactive map of where you would like to see public art along the walkway in the future and why these places are special to you?

Comments on the interactive map close Sunday 30 September 2018

Nine community members from across the Northern Beaches, all with strong artistic backgrounds, have come together to form a working group, helping Council establish a vision and a plan for the project.

We have engaged heritage experts to undertake a scoping study of the coastline to identify themes, concepts, opportunities and key locations for creative outcomes so we can commission artworks in this environmentally sensitive coastal area.

View Working Group Summary Report #1 - December 2017

Currently, there are more than 50 artworks installed along the coast, including murals and sculptures commissioned in the past. Some of these will stay, some may go as we establish a clear vision and a plan for creating a connected art experience along the Coast Walk.

As key themes and sites are identified, we will begin the exciting process of creating artist’s briefs to commission new artworks for the community to embrace and enjoy.

But, to truly celebrate and reflect this extraordinary coastal environment, we need a vision for Public Art along the Coast Walk. This vision needs to be informed by everyone, especially our very passionate and engaged creative community.

That’s where you come in!

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your ideas and thoughts and knowledge of special places to create the public art experience the Northern Beaches Coast Walk deserves.

Alongside the new building work being done to connect sections of the walkway we’re now exploring ways to connect people and places along the Coast Walk through public art.

The value of public art

Public art can create powerful connections between communities and their places. Artworks that are deeply connected to the environment, that celebrate and reflect the cultural, social and historic significance of the coastal environment, will create a vibrant connection along the Coast Walk and a reason to walk from place to place.

To make this new experience a distinctly unique and memorable one, we are asking for your help to develop a strategic plan for public art along the Coast Walk.

Where are your special places along the Coast Walk? What are the important stories to tell? What sort of Public Art do you want to see and experience along the coast? These are all important questions.

With your help we can identify the best opportunities to create an extraordinary experience from Manly to Palm Beach.

Share your vision for the Northern Beaches Coast Walk and help us identify opportunities to explore our beach culture, our history, the spectacular natural environment and local Aboriginal heritage through public art.

Come along to a pop-up session, 10am - 2pm:

• Manly Beach Promenade - Saturday 21 July

• Newport Beach - Sunday 22 July

• Dee Why Beach - Sun 29 Jul

Share your stories about the places you love and have your say or Complete a survey [closed]

Comments and survey close Sunday 2 September

We are developing a strategic plan for public art along the Coast Walk from Manly to Palm Beach. A Working Group for the project was established in December last year. Nine community members with strong artistic backgrounds from across the Northern Beaches are helping us to define a vision for the project and identify opportunities to commission artists to create a vibrant and connected trail of public art along the walkway.

We welcome your ideas and thoughts about the Public Art Trail project.

  • Email
  • In writing marked 'Public Art Trail' to Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road Dee Why 2099

We are forming a Working Group to advise Council on matters in relation to commissioning and acquiring public artworks for the Coastal Walkway between Manly and Palm Beach.

Apply to join the Working Group

Applications close Sunday 8 October 2017

On 27 June 2017 the Northern Beaches Council Administrator pledged $2 million over four years to create a public art trail along the Connected Communities - Coastal Walkway Project from Palm Beach to Manly. A Council project team and Community Working Group has been established to develop a strategy and framework to deliver high quality public artworks at various sites along the walkway that reflect the cultural, heritage and natural significance of the Northern Beaches coastline.

The project team will manage the project delivery of the community engagement; site identification; commissioning; selection; acquisition; installation and maintenance of public artworks in accordance with the adopted strategy and framework.

Extensive stakeholder engagement will be undertaken to inform the strategic direction and development of the project, including the establishment of a Public Art Trail Working Group (comprised of members of the local arts community) and a range of community engagement activities designed to capture the cultural, social, environmental and heritage significance of the walkway.

Eilis O'Beirne

Major Projects - Business Executive, Northern Beaches Council

1300 434 434 or email now