Mercury Bay Art Escape

Mercury Bay Art Escape - Weekend tours!

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Event Info

March 07, 2020 - 10:00am

Various Artist Studios
Mercury Bay Area, Whitianga
All ages

Event information may be subject to change. Please confirm details with event organisers.
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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. 

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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 full 2020 programme is available on the Art Escape website.

Open Studios 2020

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 7th, 8th and 14th, 15th March
  • Meet the artist and talk about their ideas and works
  • Entry to visit artists is free. 

Programme Events 2020

  • Gala Opening - Friday night, 6th March
  • Artists in residence at Hot Waves Cafe - Monday 9th - Friday 13th March
  • Showcase Exhibition - 7th - 13th March
  • Meet the Local Artists - 14th March, 6.30pm
  • Chasing Mercury Workshops - 9th - 20th March
Click on the website link for the full event details. 

art escape gala opening and showcase exhibition

Gala Opening and Showcase Exhibition, Hot Waves Café, Hot Water Beach, Friday 6th March at 6pm.
Our special guest speaker is Peter Lange, one of New Zealands leading ceramic artists and a renown public speaker.  Peter will be auctioning one of his wonderful ceramics on the evening with a proportion of the funds going to the Art Escape.
We are doubly fortunate this year as our celebrated host of 2019, Fatu Feu'U, will be returning as a guest and will also have one of his beautiful works for auction on the night.  
This is great opportunity for art lovers to have the chance to bid on works from two of New Zealands most celebrated artists as well as buying new and unique works from our artist members in the Gala Showcase.
Tickets are only $45 and include a complimentary glass of Tohu Wines, hors d’oeuvres and live music!

Gala Showcase Artists in Residence at hot waves Cafe

Every day from 12pm to 4pm during the Art Escape week we plan to have an artist on site to talk about their work and the showcase exhibition.   As well as seeing the works on display, it’s a great opportunity to meet the artists and get to know more about their work and what motivates them.
You can also grab a coffee and a bite to eat in one the best cafes on the Coromandel!

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!


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Event information may be out of date due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please confirm details with event organisers.
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