Our mission is to promote and develop the growth of the visual arts in the Mercury Bay area of Coromandel Peninsula

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Open Studios 4-5 & 11-12 March 2023
Gala Opening Friday 3 March 2023

Mercury Bay Art Escape is an enriching and engaging visual art experience for locals and visitors to the Coromandel Peninsula. Our annual Open Studios in the first two weekends of March are a major draw card on the peninsula and national visual arts calendar.

These open studios provide a unique opportunity to visit member artists at work, find out what inspires them and what new ideas they are working on.  It also gives you the chance to buy original work from some of the best artists in Mercury Bay direct from their studios.

The Art Escape is centered around the picturesque coastal area of Mercury Bay on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula,  and includes the areas of Hikuai, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Ferry Landing, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach, Opito Bay, Matarangi and Otama.

One cannot miss this experience in one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand.

One will discover and meet a rich and eclectic variety of potters, sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, flax weavers, woodworkers, mosaic artists, jewellers, a glass artist and a furniture maker.


When our vibrant arts scene is combined with world renowned tourist attractions, spectacular beaches and scenery, we have a winning formula for locals and visitors alike. Stop at one of our supporting café, galleries or vineyards between your studio visits and rest at comfortable accommodation to recharge your art appreciation batteries.

Many thanks to the generosity and support of our business sponsors and partners.