22 June 2022

Calling New Artists for the Mercury Bay Art Escape 2023

Would you like to join the artists of the 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 2023 Mercury Bay Art Escape.

We welcome applications from artists who live, have property, or who have a genuine connection to the Mercury Bay geographical area of the Art Escape. The area extends from Whangapoua in the north to Pauanui/ Hikuai in the south

The Open Studios in the first 2 weekends of March each year and the accompanying Showcase exhibition that features one work from each member is a major event on the Coromandel Peninsula visual arts calendar. This event showcases a diverse group of artists from a wide variety of disciplines. Additional benefits include ongoing promotion during the year, mentoring opportunities, an opportunity to make new friends in the art community, networking events with other artists and Trustees’ efforts to encourage visitors to the Mercury Bay area.

Selection panel lead and Whitianga member artist Monique Rush says. “As a painter and mixed-media artist and part of the selection panel I look for high quality, originality and variety in an artist’s work. Your personality and passion should shine through in whatever medium you love to create in. Although we are often solitary creators, being part of Mercury Bay art escape gives members the chance to mingle with like-minded people and to showcase your talents to the public during open studios.”

See New Artists Info page for full guidelines and application form.

Closing date:  14th August 2022

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For further inquiries regarding new artists contact Monique Rush


Phone: 021 827 600 evenings only


PRESS RELEASE - 17/06/22
It’s all go for the Mercury Bay Art Escape 2023

After a difficult 2022 and a disappointing Covid-related postponement, the Mercury Bay Art Escape is all go for the first 2 weekends in March 2023. As the proverb says “Every delay has it’s blessings” and we certainly believe this is true, as it has not only provided time for artists who were out of the country to return to Mercury Bay, but it has also proven to be an awakening at how important this event is to our area and how popular it is - not only to locals, but to the regular visitors who frequent the eastern Coromandel.

 “The Mercury Bay Art Escape is an integral fortnight on the Coromandel Peninsula Arts and Tourism calendar. Besides being a professional platform for our artists to share their work to the public, it is also an opportunity for businesses to extend their product offerings and of course, supports the local economy prior to the quiet winter months.“ says Stuart Christie, new Chairman of Mercury Bay Art Escape.

The 2022 Art Escape is not lost as, the Mercury Bay Art Escape members are keen to extend an invitation throughout the year to welcome visitors for viewings by appointment. If you fancy an inspiring road trip feel free to call the artists using their info on our website or we encourage our art lovers to use the existing 2022 guide available at I-sites.

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Success for Whitianga Member Raewyn Helms Davis - June 2023

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Congratulations to Whitianga member Raewyn Helms-Davis who won a Highly Commended Award in the prestigious Adams Portraiture Awards announced in Wellington late May for her pastel “Kahu and the Carver” that features Thames artist Peter Plumb.

Raewyn says “I had an exciting evening last Wednesday at the opening night of the Adams Awards in Wellington. It was a great honour to receive a Highly Commended Award along with four others, and was thrilled to see all of the 45 finalists' work on the walls. The winning portrait was by Jessica Gurnsey who at 18 years old, was the youngest person to have received this prize in the history of the awards."

Read more about Raewyn's art and subject here.

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