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Coromandel Peninsula Art & Craft Fair

Saturday 13 July, 9am to 3pm

Whitianga Town Hall, 24 Monk Street, Whitianga

Entry by gold coin donation (Kids entry is FREE)

Mercury Bay Art Escape’s annual Fair showcases quality handmade Arts and Crafts produced in the Coromandel Peninsula. The Fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to meet talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists.


Bring the kids!  There will be hands-on art activities to encourage the next generation of Coromandel artists.

Tea, coffee and baking will also be available when you need a break. Eftpos will also be available for Fair sales.


To make a weekend of it, you may want to arrange visits with local artists while you are here, see here for contact details. Or take part in an art workshop in Whitianga from 12th to 16th July 2019 featuring  Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists tutors. For more details and to book click here.

For all Art and Craft Fair inquiries please call Alison Henry (Mercury Bay Art Escape Trustee) Phone: 0274 824 110

Art workshops in July 2019

Chasing Mercury Art Workshops are a selection of fun, inspirational art courses taking place in Whitianga from 12th to 16th July 2019 featuring  Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists tutors. For more details and to book click here.

Visit Artists All Year Round

This popular self-guided tour of art studios continues throughout the year. Interested visitors can pick up a free Mercury Bay Art Escape Art Guide at local galleries and libraries or go to the artists page to arrange a unique art tour that highlights the creative talent in this spectacular area.

The selection of artists based in the beautiful coastal region of Mercury Bay offer visitors an exclusive encounter with their individual style and techniques which includes, pottery, painting, photography, printmaking, glasswork, jewellery and much more. Uncover hidden parts of the Coromandel by visiting the artists and their studios that range from a converted cargo container, a heritage miner’s cottage to custom build studios for FREE.

Tuia - Encounters 250 Street Art Festival


Free entry, year round

To contribute to the national Tuia - Encounters 250 commemoration Mercury Bay Art Escape held a community street art festival in central Whitianga.  

Enjoy and experience the newly completed murals in the central business area by locally and internationally recognised street artists create murals on walls in the Whitianga central business area. This Street Art project involves Mercury Bay Art Escape artists and popular street artists from the Coromandel, Auckland and Hamilton together with internationally renowned street artists Charles &  Janine Williams, and TrustMe & Flox.


The theme of each mural will depict either navigation or relate to the First Encounters coming together of Maori and European in Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay).


A free guide leaflet giving details of the art walk during the festival will be available from the Art Escape website, the Whitianga i-site and many retailers in Whitianga.

For more details contact Festival organiser:

Jane Parson 021 2286644

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