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Northern Beaches Watery Hinterland in the Spotlight

By Northern Beaches Council
Posted: 15 Oct 2020
Narrabeen Lagoon from Billarong Reserve
The Northern Beaches is famous for its magnificent coastline. What is less well known is the myriad of waterways that connect the beaches with the hinterland.

That is all set to change with a new exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. 

The lagoons, marshes, creeks and waterfalls of the Northern Beaches are the subjects of a series of oil pastel drawings by Sydney artist Nick Hollo, who captures their beauty and diversity in a new exhibition, Nick Hollo: Waterways.   

Mayor Regan said the Northern Beaches is lucky to have all these waterways within its urban fabric.  

“We live in a truly unique part of Sydney, close to the centre of the city but still able to enjoy all these water courses literally situated in our own backyard.” 

Senior Curator Katherine Roberts said Hollo’s extensive knowledge of the natural and cultural landscape and significance of these coastal areas informed this new series of work. 

“Living and working by the foreshore, Sydney Harbour and its coastline was the chief inspiration for Nick’s work as an architect, urban designer and artist,” Katherine Roberts said. 

The exhibition will feature Hollo’s drawings of 13 key sites from Pittwater’s Careel Bay to Dee Why Lagoon to Manly’s North Head. 

Nick Hollo is passionate about the need to preserve the pristine beauty of the waterways and catchments.  

“These places provide important habitat as well as places of tranquillity for us in the burgeoning city. Our waterways and their catchments should be the centre-piece of our planning for the future.” 

Exhibition dates: 23 October – 29 November 2020 


Discover the sites for yourself  

Pick up a map from the gallery, showing the locations of the drawings in this exhibition and discover the sites for yourself!

Special guided walks  

A series of guided walks associated with this exhibition are presented in partnership with Environment & Climate Change, Northern Beaches Council.  Pick up a list at gallery and book via Council's website.

Artist walk & talk 

Sunday 25 October, 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm 

Join Nick on a walk through the exhibition to gain insights into his art practice and the waterways he depicts. Bookings essential via Council's website. 

Curl Curl Lagoon
Deep Creek
Nick Hollo, Aerial view of Northern Beaches, 2020, pastel on paper, 126 x 60cm
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