Monday, March 8, 2021




The latest Covid-19 restrictions mean a change of date for Mercury Bay Arts Escape’s Gala evening. It will now be held on Thursday, April 1. All previously purchased tickets are valid and all arrangements remain the same.  If you have bought a ticket we will be in touch to confirm your availability for the new date.


The Artists’ Open Studios will go ahead under Level 1 in the Coromandel and Level 2 in the rest of the country subjecxt to further updates from the government. These are on weekends of March 13-14 and April 3-4.

Our Showcase Exhibition continues as planned, at Hot Waves Café, Hot Water Beach, from Saturday March 6, and has been extended until Sunday, April 18. This exhibition features work from all Open Studios participants and Mercury Bay Art Escape members

When visiting our artists’ studios and the exhibition, we remind all guests to please scan the QR code on entry, sanitise their hands, and observe social distancing requirements.

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The Mercury Bay Art Escape’s Open Studios are a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to meet artists and see inside their workspaces. Discover what inspires artists, see their works in progress, and buy an original piece directly from its creator. 

Artists are based in and around Tairua, Coroglen, Whenuakite, Hot Water Beach, Hahei, Cooks Beach, Whitianga, Opito Bay, Kuaotunu and Rings Beach. 

The fifty artists represent a rich and eclectic mix of the arts and include flax weavers, furniture makers, jewellers, glass and mosaic artists, painters, photographers, potters, printmakers, sculptors, and woodworkers. Seven new artists are taking part for the first time.

The Open Studios are a free event, with studios open the weekends of March 6-7 and March 13-14. Doors are open 10am to 4pm. Download a map to plan your visit from our website at



  • Gala Night is rescheduled until Thursday April 1.

  • At Hot Waves Café in Hot Water beach from 6pm

  • A favourite social event of Coromandel’s arts scene

  • Tickets are $45 and include a complimentary wine, food and live music

  • Tickets are limited and sell out quickly so buy yours now at



  • Dates are the weekends of March 6-7 and March 13-14 and April 3-4

  • Studios are open from 10am until 4pm

  • Design your own fun road trip with a self-guided art trail throughout the greater Mercury Bay area on the eastern Coromandel Peninsula

  • Download a map from and start planning your art journey



  • At Hot Waves Café, from March 6 right through until Sunday April 18. All artists participating in the Open Studios and members of the Mercury Bay Art Escape will have a work in the exhibition.

Maps and guides available, along with information about the artists are at or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.



For more information, please contact Ian Preece on 021 134 7865