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Welcome to Mercury Bay Art Escape 2023

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


The annual Mercury Bay Escape takes place on the first 2 weekends of March.

Experience the creativity of the region and meet the makers.

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

Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust
Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust

Authentic Art in the heart of Mercury Bay

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

Upcoming Events


Take a weekend to immerse yourself in the inspirational Coromandel. Visit the open studios and chat to the painters, printmakers, sculptors, jewellers, mixed media artists, including the alchemist, who practices the art of creating botanical inks.

Showcasing the diverse artistic culture of our area, the Mercury Bay Art Escape begins at the Hikuai, south of Tairua and winds its way northward up the eastern Coromandel coastline through Hot Water Beach, Hahei, Flaxmill Bay, Cooks Beach, Whitianga township, Kuaotunu to Otama Bay and ending in Matarangi.

The creativity you will discover is a collective of artists inspired not only by the colourful landscape of the Coromandel, but also by the abundance of the surrounding natural environment.

The Mercury Bay Art community is scattered throughout this good for your soul landscape, not only is the Art Escape an inspiration for the local community, but for the many visitors we welcome to our area. Take a weekend to enjoy this unique opportunity to enjoy exceptional art, great food, boutique breweries and welcoming hospitality.

Put this on your calendar as it's a major draw card on the peninsula and national visual arts calendar.

Artists in focus


Our Vibrant Arts Scene

"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.

Contact Artists here to plan a studio visit. Artists are open by appointment throughout the year.

Jewellery workshop


Become a part of Mercury Bay Art Escape

We are currently calling for submissions from artists based in or connected to the Mercury Bay geographical area to become members of and participate in the Mercury Bay Art Escape 2023.


This area includes; Pauanui, Hikuai, Tairua, Hot Water Beach, Hahei, Cooks Beach, Flaxmill Bay, Ferry Landing, Matarangi, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga, Wharekaho, Kuaotunu, Otama, Opito Bay, Matarangi and Whangapoua.

Our Biggest Supporters and Sponsors

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

Art Escape is very grateful for the generous support we receive from organisations and local businesses. Please support these contributors when you can. 

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