Northern Beaches Coast Walk - Public Art

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.

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.

  • Draft Strategic Plan and Scoping Study open for comment

    22 days ago

    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
    • 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

    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
    • 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

  • Strategic Plan coming soon

    3 months ago

    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 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.

  • Thank you for your feedback

    6 months ago

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

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

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

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

  • What sort of public art do you want to see and experience along the coast?

    6 months ago

    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


    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


  • Help bring our Coast Walk to life through public art

    8 months ago

    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

    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
  • Coast Walk now and in the future?

    8 months ago

    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.

    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.
  • Northern Beaches Coast Walk

    8 months ago

    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.

    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.
  • Register your interest

    about 1 year ago

    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.

    Please register your interest in the project to receive updates and further information.

    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.

    Please register your interest in the project to receive updates and further information.

  • How to get involved

    about 1 year ago

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

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

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

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

    8 months ago

    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

    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