The Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust is currently seeking new artists and local art groups interested in becoming members of the Mercury Bay Art Escape 2018. This annual opportunity for new applicants will close 31 July 2017.
From small beginnings of the Mercury Bay Cultural weekend in 2006, featuring 20 Open Art Studios, the event has grown to become a major attraction on the Peninsula event calendar every March. Now in its 11th year the Mercury Bay Art Escape programme involves approximately 40 artists studios, a members’ showcase exhibition, pop up exhibitions, the Coromandel Peninsula Art and Craft Fair, and high school art scholarships.
New member Vanessa McKay, a potter and sculptor based in Coroglen, says “a key benefit is the promotion and access to people who may not have otherwise come across my work. It gave me a fantastic connection to other artists in the Mercury Bay area. Also the team behind the Art Escape is very supportive to new members coming onboard”.
To be eligible to join artists must live, work, have property, or have a genuine connection in the Mercury Bay geographical area. This includes Pauanui, Hikuai, Tairua, Hot Water Beach, Hahei, Cooks Beach, Flaxmill Bay, Ferry’s Landing, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga, Wharekaho, Kuaotunu, Otama, Opito Bay, Matarangi and Whangapoua. To reflect the growth of the event the area has been extended to include Matarangi and Whangapoua.
Jane Parson, a Mercury Bay Art Escape trustee and Coromandel Arts Advisory Board member, expresses the importance of finding new members in the region to join established artists, “there are many benefits to an artist which are gained from making connections through an organisation such as Mercury Bay Art Escape. Friendships with other talented creatives, inspiration from shared information and the opportunity to be involved in educational and promotional events such as workshops and the March Open Studios."
To encourage promotion and develop the growth of visual arts in the area, local art groups can also apply to be part of the Mercury Bay Art Escape under the new Group Membership category. Art Groups from Hikuai and Whitianga joined in 2017.
New applicants can conveniently go online to fill out their submission form http://www.mercurybay-artescape.com/artistapplications