Take a road trip and explore the creative arts of the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula
Visit artists, enjoy art workshops, marvel at Street Art and more throughout the year!
Mercury Bay Art Escape artists are centred around the beautiful 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.
We encourage you to contact our artists at ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR and arrange a time to visit their studios.
Open Studios 2020 - 7th & 8th and 14th & 15th March
First Two Weekends of March
The open studios provide a wonderful opportunity to see the 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.
We have over 40 artists on the trail this year with 2 art groups and 6 new members bringing 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.
Our new Open Studio guide contains location and contact details of all our exhibiting artists. In conjunction with our website, will make it easier to find the artists that you want to visit. It also highlights all of the other activities that are taking place this year.
Guides will be available from a wide range of outlets in Mercury Bay or you can download a copy of the guide direct from the links below. The printed guide will also be available at selected stockists from mid January.
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.
The Mercury Bay Art Escape ART GUIDE 2020
This FREE ART GUIDE
is your tool for planning your art tour.
The guide features artists' details and artworks, easy to read maps, plus listings for the other events happening during the 2020 Art Escape
Tuia - Encounters 250 Street Art
Whitianga Central Business District
To contribute to the national Tuia - Encounters 250 commemoration Mercury Bay Art Escape held a community street art festival in central Whitianga in 2019. Enjoy and experience the newly completed murals in the central business area.
The theme of each mural depicts either navigation or relate to the First Encounters coming together of Maori and European in Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay). Click herefor the full list of artists and further information. Download the Street Art Map and Guide giving details of the Street Artists and locations:
Gala Opening and Showcase Event, 6 March 2020
Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach
The Gala Opening of the 2020 Mercury Bay Art Escape is a wonderful social evening of art not to be missed. Our special guest speaker is Peter Lange, one of New Zealands leading ceramic artists and a renown public speaker. Thank you again to Mary our host for what is sure to be another fabuous evening.
We will have our exclusive preview to Mercury Bay Art Escape 'Member's Showcase' exhibition that features one new artwork by each of our member artists and art groups along with the High School Scholarship recipient.
This art event includes a complimentary glass of Tohu Wines, hors d'oeuvres created by the Hot Waves chef and live music by our guest band of the evening.
Tickets are on now on sale at the Mercury Bay Art Escape website.
Chasing Mercury Workshops
Monday March 9th to Friday March 20th
A recently established fixture on the Art Escape calendar, the workshops has become a firm favourite with visitors who want to get more involved and learn a few tips from our artists.
We have a wide range of workshops from March 9th to the 20th offering something for everyone including painting, inkwork, photography, flax weaving, waxwork, mosaics and collage.
For more information and online bookings visit: