2021 Artists Open Studios   
6-7 and 13-14 March

Take a road trip and explore the creative arts

of the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula 

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Mercury Bay Art Escape is an enriching and engaging visual art experience for locals and visitors to the region.

Visit 50+ artists centred around the picturesque coastal area of Mercury Bay on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, encompassing the areas of Hikuai, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach and Opito Bay.

The annual artists open studios provides a unique opportunity to visit member artists in their studios, to see their work in progress, find what inspires them and what new art 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 artists, including 2 art groups and 7 new members, are ready to welcome you to their studios. All bring a rich and eclectic mix of the arts including potters, sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, flax weavers, woodworkers, mosaic artists, jewellers, a glass artist and a furniture maker.

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Click above for your copy of the 2021 guide

2021 Gala Opening and Showcase Exhibition

Friday 5th March 2021

Hot Waves Cafe Hot Water Beach

The Gala Opening, a highlight on the Coromandel arts scene, kicks off the annual Art Escape Open Studios and Showcase exhibition. It is a chance to meet the artists, mingle with other art lovers, purchase art and is your exclusive preview to our Member's Showcase Exhibition.

The guest speaker is Di Tocker, one of New Zealand’s premier cast glass sculptors and multiple award winner.




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.

A free guide for the 2021 Art Escape will be available mid December and includes location and contact details of all our exhibiting artists.

Go to the Artists page and view all our artists and art groups who are listed by location, name or art medium.

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