North Head Discovery Day - arts, nature, history and ideas


Art-lovers who have been flocking to see Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s blockbuster exhibition North Head Project, featuring Sydney Harbour’s dramatic gateway headland at North Head Sanctuary and the historic Quarantine Station,  can now enjoy first-hand many of the same evocative and culturally charged features that inspired the artists.

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Q Station Manly, in conjunction with Manly Art Gallery & Museum, is hosting the North Head Discovery Day in which arts, nature, history and ideas will come together.

“Participants will experience unique programs and events at the North Head Sanctuary and Q Station,” said Senior Curator at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Katherine Roberts.

“Many of the artists taking part in the North Head Project exhibition will be presenting talks and workshops on the day, too.”

Participating artists include Helen Earl, Craig Handley, Nathalie Hartog-Gautier, Nick Hollo, Chris Langlois, Susan Milne, Julie Nettleton and Hobie Porter.

The North Head Project exhibition focuses on the area’s complex Aboriginal and cultural heritage, its environmental significance, military history and unique migration and quarantine stories.

“Bringing artists together for the project at a camp on North Head created a real and palpable energy and frisson among the group,” said Katherine.

“The artists who came to North Head for the first time, especially, found it deeply evocative and moving.”



Building 205, North Fort

Discover North Head through our curated Talk Series covering a range of topics including -

·      North Head through Artists’ Eyes – Katherine Roberts, Manly Art Gallery & Museum

·      Aboriginal Heritage & Culture – Karen Smith, Aboriginal Heritage Office

·      North Head Wildlife - Jennifer Anson, Australian Wildlife Conservancy

·      Geology and landscape of North Head - Nick Hollo, Artist

·      North Head Battery – Ron Ray, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Volunteer

Talks run for 20 mins each and will be held twice throughout the day (10.30 – 12.30 and again from 1 – 3pm)




A9 Laundry, Wharf Precinct, Q Station

Discover the stories that inspired the artworks of Susan Milne, Nathalie Harthog-Gautier and Julie Nettleton currently showing in the North Head Project at Manly Art Gallery & Museum. Sydney University Associate Professor Annie Clarke will also reveal Stories from the Sandstone, the lasting legacy of Australia's maritime past and immigration history as well as recorded Quarantine Station's inscriptions.

Talk run for 20 mins each and run twice throughout the day (1am – 12.30 and again from 1.30 – 3pm).



North Head Discovery Day
Sun 21 January 2018
10am - 4pm

Register your participation now at

Or call: (02) 8969 2100

The ‘North Head Project’ is presented by Manly Art Gallery & Museum in partnership with the Aboriginal Heritage Office Manly, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Q Station Manly and NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. Exhibition dates are 8 Dec 2017 to 18 February 2018.