Art News: April 2023

Mural Painting At Mona Vale

Patrick Hunter Inkhunter our local mural artist is painting a huge blue wave on the side of our Mona Vale office on Pittwater Rd, Patrick has produced a great design with some bold colours and it is going to look amazing. 

Our office building on the corner or Pittwater and Mona vale roads which is 100 years old has had a number of different murals of waves on the side since the 1980's and is very iconic for the area, it is with pleasure that Spannenberg and Son have teamed up with Patrick Hunter to keep the vision alive.

Look out for the finished product coming soon.

Spannenberg and Son Pty Ltd

Narrabeen Artist Releases New Music: 'Hill'

Elsa Cleary (17) from Narrabeen has released her song “Hill” on March 23rd 2023.

Orders available now

''Hill is a song about the imagination, solace and yearning within the serenity of nature.  I hope to encapsulate the beauty of ephemeral moments in time made permanent within music through my song Hill.''

Inspired by the rolling hills of Western River, Kangaroo Island.

The duet is sung by Elsa Marilyn and Gordon Mitchie (aka gordy).

The video was filmed on location in and around Lithgow NSW.

Written By -  Elsa Marilyn

Music Video - Sanet Lindeque for Platinum Artist Development 

Audio - Phillipe Marc Anquetil

StreetWork NB + Community NB Art

Community Northern Beaches offered Streetwork the opportunity to create aerosol art, on the large panels outside their Raglan Street Centre in Manly. One of our talented young people, together with local aerosol artist Pasio (Instagram @sam_pasio), created BRAVE - a word that perfectly suits the young people in our Kickstart mentoring program.

If you're on the Northern Beaches pop down and take a look at BRAVE and watch out for future works around similar themes. A massive thanks to those who created and displayed this inspirational message.

March 23, 2023

About Community Northern Beaches 
We are a community-based organisation supporting vulnerable and at-risk people with a range of services for domestic & family violence, homelessness, refugees and families, youth and children.

Since 1977 we have been serving the Northern Beaches community and were previously known as Manly Community Centre.

We’re now called Community Northern Beaches. We are a small local community-based organisation supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people. We’re often the first point of contact for people experiencing homelessness, domestic & family violence and refugee settlement challenges.

We also focus on targeted earlier intervention with families, youth and children to make the biggest difference early on.

Our Community Hub Drop-in also enables us to foster meaningful connections to assist people in crisis with their immediate needs and help connect them to support.
More at:

About StreetWork 
Founded in 1980 by Peter Hobbs, OAM, StreetWork’s early intervention and prevention program has turned young lives around for over 40 years.

Peter's belief that youth mentors should be accessible to young people is still relevant today. Our trained youth case workers meet young people in parks and cafes, outside - in the street – rather than an office. That's why we are called 'StreetWork.'

“When I started StreetWork I witnessed a gap in services to youth-at-risk who, in increasing numbers were ending up homeless, addicted, or committing youth crime and sentenced to time in juvenile detention or in prison.  What was needed was support - on the ground - when young people first showed signs of disconnection” explains Peter.

Forty years after its launch, StreetWork has grown and now serves the Northern Sydney Region. Because community connections are important to our success, StreetWork is supported by local boards with deep links into local businesses, clubs, banks, churches, and volunteers - who care about improving the physical and mental wellbeing of vulnerable young people.

Northern Beaches Board:
Jane Vincent (Co-Chairperson)
Phil Loveday (Co-Chairperson)
Scott Atkinson
Dominic Guy
Andrew Hottes
Phillip Loveday
Rob Madden
Austin Kimble
John Barker
Marg Murden
Sonya Mears
Thomas Dent (Youth Services Manager)

Tani Ruckle 
Michael Lynch  
Mike Pawley

Founding Partner - Bronze Sponsor
Tribe Tech


2023 Environmental Art & Design Prize + 2023 Creative Open: Call For Artists Now Open For Your Entries + Ideas

Image credits: Creative Open 2022.Photo by Kayapa Creative Studio
Council has issued the call out for two of its great Arts programs - one is just for homegrown talent, the other is an invitation issued to Artists Australia wide.

Details are:

Calling All Artists: Creative Open Is Back On The Beaches

Expressions of interest are now open for Creative Open - an art, design, and music festival held on the Northern Beaches from 27 – 30 July.

This winter Creative Open returns to showcase the very homegrown creativity on the Northern Beaches. The annual program features exhibitions, performances and events, open studios, walks and talks, a maker’s market and public art.

Council is seeking applications from entertainment venues, creative businesses, and arts practitioners to deliver innovative activities and fun events for the Creative Open 2023 program.

Creative Open provides an opportunity for participating venues and practitioners to connect with new audiences, promote their business and build stronger relationships with the local community and creative sector.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said Creative Open is the jewel in the crown of the Winter arts calendar.

“The Northern Beaches is a powerhouse of creative energy and home to a diverse community that is full of creative venues and cultural experiences.”

“This event will celebrate creative venues and showcase our talented, musicians, designers, artists and creatives of all kinds. 

“Last year Creative Open welcomed more than 9000 locals and visitors to 80 venues, and this year we want to build on that momentum.

“We’d love to attract even more people from across the Beaches and further afield, and offer more live music at this year’s festival,” Mayor Regan said.

From concerts, Aboriginal weaving and jewellery making to art installations, group exhibitions and interactive discussions, everyone can find their creative home at Creative Open.

Who can apply?

Any business, venue, or practitioner can apply to be a part of Creative Open if they provide creative programming that aligns with event dates. Your event must occur on the Northern Beaches between Thu 27 – Sun 30 July; however, events can start earlier and/or finish later. Eligible participants include but are not limited to:

  • live performance venues
  • galleries, creative spaces
  • designers, makers, surfboard shapers
  • recording and music studios, film and editing suites
  • creative workshops e.g. screen printers, digital labs
  • creative businesses such as bookshops, bars, and cafes

Have an idea or work you want to share but no space to do it? Council is also accepting applications from local designers, workshop facilitators, and artists for a pop-up market event and creative workshops at selected Council venues.

What Council need from you

Pitch your event and tell us about your space, lock the event dates in your calendar, and help us promote Northern Beaches' best to the rest of Sydney.

What support will you receive?

Council provide marketing and promotion support to participating artists, venues, and businesses. As a participant, you will receive marketing materials, print and digital, to help promote your unique event. Council will provide an event calendar for all activities, performances, and happenings on their website. The full program will be released in July.

To apply or find out more, visit:

Applications open 17 March and close 21 April 2023.

Creative Open will run from 27-30 July 2023.

Jaimee Paul Studio. Photo by Joelan Wong

Australia-Wide Call For Entries – 2023 Environmental Art & Design Prize

Artists and designers are invited to submit art and design works exploring environmental themes for this year’s Environmental Art & Design Prize. The call-out is open 17 March – 14 May.

Works by finalists will be exhibited at Manly Art Gallery and Museum (MAG&M), Curl Curl Creative Space and Mona Vale Creative Space Gallery from 4 – 27 August 2023.  Now in its third year, the non-acquisitive prize celebrates Australian creativity and innovation in response to the environment, reflects on climate change and explores the challenges we face with our natural environment.

Mayor Michael Regan said the prize provides an important platform to bring together a dynamic community of artists and designers and is a chance to connect with audiences who care about the future of our planet.

“On the Northern Beaches, we value our natural environment and sustainable living, so it makes sense for us to continue to highlight environmentally focussed art and design,” Mayor Regan said.

“The natural environment has inspired local artists for centuries, and the Environmental Art & Design Prize continues that tradition. In previous years we have seen some truly incredible and provocative works that have prompted us all to reflect on the precious and precarious nature of our environment.”

This year, winners will be awarded by an esteemed external judging panel of three leading creative practitioners including renowned industrial designer Adam Goodrum, Powerhouse First Nations Curator Emily McDaniel, and contemporary artist Caroline Rothwell.

Designer and judge Adam Goodrum said that artists and designers are agents of change, often taking the lead in responding to environmental or societal challenges.

“The role of creatives is to influence, educate, expose, challenge and generate solutions. Contributions can be intangible and elicit an exchange of ideas and emotions or they might consider materiality and production,” Mr Goodrum said.

“At the core, contributions should be inventive, to address societal needs through creative work.”

The $42,000 prize pool will be divided across the nine categories encompassing a range of contemporary practices, from fashion and design to ceramics and painting.

Entries open at 10am Friday, 17 March and close at 5pm, Sunday, 14 May.

The exhibition of finalists’ artworks will be displayed at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Curl Curl Creative Space and Mona Vale Creative Space Gallery from 4 - 27 August.

Artists and designers nation-wide can apply here:

The Environmental Art and Design Prize brings together a dynamic community of artists, designers and audiences who care deeply about our future. Artists and designers are agents of change, often taking the lead in responding to environmental or societal challenges.

Each year, Council invites audiences to explore the diverse ways artists and designers Australia-wide have interpreted our unique Australian landscape, responded to our climate emergency and advocated for our planet through their creative practices.

The Prize categories are:

  • Ceramics & small sculpture
  • Film & video
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Painting & mixed media
  • Works on paper & photography
  • Wearable design
  • Functional design
  • Young artists and designers 7-12 years and 13 - 18 years. 

Winners from each category are awarded by an expert panel of judges.

For more information about this year’s judges and the complete list of categories visit the Northern Beaches Council website.

ART Gallery On Palm Beach

1095 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach
Sculpture. Art. Ceramics. Photography

Gallery open 10-3.00.

Just a short walk from the Palm Beach ferry jetty or a leisurely drive from Sydney CBD to the Northern Beaches, ART GALLERY on Palm Beach has something for everyone.  Either for your home or as a special gift, customers from all over Sydney have discovered the little gem of our unique gallery with prize winning artists at reasonable prices from the artists studio to you!

Art Gallery on Palm Beach is an artist run initiative of professional & prize winning artists. 

Local artists from the Northern Beaches and greater Sydney ensure that new high caliber art is created and curated weekly for the discerning customers from the Palm Beach area and the thousands of visitors who visit the beautiful area either for holidays or day tripping. 

We offer shipping, lay-bys, in house design advice, commissions for bespoke pieces for your home or office with full consultation with all the artists directly. 

As we pay very little commission on sales, we can offer original art at reasonable and affordable prices. 

For all enquiries contact Vanessa on 0488 400 053. 

New work by Painter Vicki Ratcliff, photographer Robert Gardini and art and ceramicist Lia Klugman currently on exhibition.  To answer all your questions on their art, pop in and meet the Artist.

New work by Mona Vale Artist Vicki Ratcliff


April 2023 Exhibtions - Events

Pittwater Artists & Craftsman Exhibition April 2023

It’s free entry for all visitors to the first of four exhibitions this year for the Artists and Craftsmen of Pittwater Inc.

This is your opportunity to buy a beautiful piece for your home, your AirBNB property or as gifts for your friends and family, at affordable prices.

You’ll find visual arts - watercolours, acrylics, oils, photography and exclusive digital prints - as well as sculpture, woodwork, jewellery, toys, clothing and more. Whether your taste is traditional or abstract, our members are showcasing and selling items to love and treasure.

Our members are local people so you’ll find scenes you recognise - our exhibitions have a very local feel, celebrating the joy of Pittwater suburbs, as well as work inspired by travelling.

Join us at Mona Vale Memorial Hall (next to Mona Vale Library in Pittwater Road) and tell your friends and family. Share this post!

EFTPOS is available as well as cash.

Find out more about our artists and craftspeople at 

We are a not for profit organisation.

Mona Vale School Of Visual Arts

Shop 6 / 18-20 Park Street Mona Vale


Mona Vale School of Visual Arts is a professional art studio in the heart of the village. We provide a place for school age students to explore their creative side in a fun and relaxed environment. Our programs are designed to build technical skills through the use of a variety of mediums. Students are then able to apply these skills to develop their own style and choice of subject matter. There is the opportunity to visit exhibitions as a group to develop a deeper understanding of art, artist and world.


We also offer Term Art Classes, Holiday Workshops, Manga Drawing Classes, and more. Visit our website for details.

Artist Of The Month Becomes Art News

During the past 13 years we have run an Artist of the Month page to celebrate and showcase local Artists in all mediums; Painting, Sculpture, Music, Literature, Photography, Theatre and more. 

There was always more demand then could be fulfilled by showcasing just one Artist and running all others in the Events page or through Snippets in the Community News or Profile of the Week pages, or as stand alone Features.

Although these options will still remain open to local Creatives, an Art News page dedicated to helping Artists reach their local audience, and including everyone, launches this Spring so you can not only catch-up on what's been happening but also see what's coming up locally or further afield, especially when a local Artist is part of that Event.

If you have something coming up, something to say, or something to showcase, we want to hear from you. What you need to include in your 'package' to make it easier for us to help you:

  1. A biography of yourself: include what you have done before
  2. A portrait (photograph) of yourself
  3. What the Event is: and when and where it will happen
  4. A sample/s of your work

Once you have those four 'needs' ready, email them to with the heading 'Art News'. 

Remember it's always a great idea to give people advance notice of your Exhibition or Event, so once you have firm dates, get in contact.

Mick Glasheen at work in 2018. Photo: AJG