Mercury Bay Art Escape

Mercury Bay Art Escape - Weekend tours!

Event Info

March 07, 2020
- March 14, 2020
Start Time
General Admission


Mercury Bay


Artists studios open 10am-4pm first two weekends in March each year
7 & 8 and 16 & 16 March 2020.
Mercury Bay Art Escape Logo

What to Expect

Plan a trip to the Eastern Coromandel over the first two weekends of March  to enjoy visiting the art studios of the Mercury Bay Art Escape’s talented artists. 
This stunning self-drive art tour includes Hikuai, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach and Opito Bay. Coupled with world-class scenery, eateries and wineries the Open Studio weekends provide the perfect opportunity to spend time and enjoy art.

The 2020 programme is yet to be confirmed, see the 2019 programme for an example of the great artist events.

Example Mercury Bay Art Escape 2019 Events Programme 

Open Studios 2019 
Mercury Bay Art Escape artists include potters, sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, weavers, woodworkers, mosaic artists, jewellers, a glass artist and a furniture maker. A total of 36 artists across the Eastern Coromandel area with three art groups also opening their studios and creative spaces. 
  • Studios are open 10am to 4pm on 2nd, 3rd and 9th,10th March
  • Meet the artist and talk about their ideas and works
  • Entry to visit artists is free. 
Example Programme Events 2019
  • Gala  Opening  - Friday night1st March
  • Showcase Exhibition  - 2 March -22 April
  • Chasing Mercury Art Workshops  - 4-8 March
  • Tuia 250 Street Art Festival - 4-8 March
  • Sculpture with Chris Charteris  - 3rd March
  • Summer Showcase Concert Whitianga Music Club - 8th March
  • Tuia 250 Street Art Festival - 4 to 8 March 
Click on the website linke for the full event details. 
Mercury Bay Art Escape Free Guide
 A free Guide will be available on-line as well as at the artists’ studios, galleries and i-SITES on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists
Many of the Art Escape members are open year-round (by appointment). All of the artists’ details are on the Art Escape website, and a comprehensive Guide is also available to download as an invaluable reference manual featuring short biographies and images of work from all of the artists involved.  Check the Mercury Bay Art Escape website to get a copy of the guide.

If you are new to the area, or you are part of a group which would like to be taken to your chosen selection of studios, please contact the Art Escape team. We can put you in touch with excellent local Tour guides and companies to create a personalised Art Tour for you, or just be the Driver for the day!


Mercury Bay Art Escape 2018
Art Guide 2018 MBAE
Ian Websters Studio.jpg
Raewyn Hildreth flax weaver Whitianga
Tim Aldrich wood carving studio Tairua
Wendy in her studio Whitianga
Michaela Palacios Lampworked Glass Whenuakite
Airdrie  Hamilton -  Oil painter Whenuakite
Ginney Deavoll - Summer Flight (Hahei)
Mercury Bay Art Escape - Weekend tours 2019!
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Mercury Bay Art Escape - Weekend tours 2019!

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