Our Mission


To promote and develop the growth of the visual arts in the Mercury Bay area in particular, and the wider Coromandel Peninsula in general.


In 2011 the Organising Committee together with the previous Advisory Board elected to form the Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust (MBAET) to more rapidly advance our vision of being recognised as THE most respected Open Studio Art Tour in New Zealand. Through the Trust, we will work diligently to make art lovers and art buyers from throughout New Zealand aware of the richness, quality and eclectic character of the Coromandel Peninsula's Mercury Bay area art scene through developing our vision by:


  • creating a dynamic, vibrant and quality art tour and local exhibitions

  • successfully promoting our art talent through events in the wider New Zealand Community

  • showcasing new, diverse and innovative emerging artists

  • working closely with organisations to enhance development of art tourism activity

  • rapidly growing the contribution of art to the success of the region and visitors' enjoyment

Writing a Vision statement is relatively easy; realizing it requires the help of many people who share enthusiasm for the words and back it up through generous support. The 2011 Art Escape marked the genesis of the MBAE Trust and we are inviting you to be part of that vision;

Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust


Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust




Ian Preece (Chairman)
Peter Hogg (Treasurer)

Anne Innes

Sally Samins

Natasha Courtney


Advisory Board 


Peter Mahoney

Brian Pilkington

Alistair Sims

Jackie Pope

Gilbert Bannan





PO Box 53, Whitianga 3542
New Zealand




Charities Commission registration no. CC46075

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The MBAE Trust is a registered charity (CC46075) and has been approved by the New Zealand Inland Revenue as a Donee Organisation, therefore donations of $5 or more attract a tax credit. We will issue you a receipt.

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