This iconic Mercury Bay event is held each year in early March. A FREE event and opportunity to explore the Coromandel's Mercury Bay artists studios, see their work, talk and even purchase their work.
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Artists Open Studios
Over 50 local artists are opening their studios again to the public this March as part of the Mercury Bay Art Escape. All are welcome to visit over the two weekends in March to enjoy meeting, see work in progress and even purchase pieces of artwork.
With two art groups and seven new members this year, there is a brilliant mix of artists including:
- flax weavers
- mosaic artists
- a glass artist
- and a furniture maker.
From Tairua to Rings Beach, grab a map and enjoy FREE entry to studios from 10am-4pm each weekend, 6 &7 and 13 & 14 March 2021. Look out for the official blue Art Escape flags along the way.
Download a free Art guide and map from this page.
Gala opening and Showcase Exhibition
The Art Escape will be opened with an event at Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach on Friday 5th March. This mix and mingle will showcase work from artists and give you a preview on what will be on offer. Guest speaker this year is Di Tocker, one of New Zealand's premier cast glass sculptors.
The Gala opening and exhibition is a ticketed event and can be purchased by clicking the Buy Tickets button on this page.
Chasing Mercury Art Workshops
Various artists are running hands on workshops in conjunction with the Art Escape. This is an opportunity for all artists, of all ages and abilities to be inspired! See the Art Escape website, by clicking the link above for the information on the Chasing Mercury Art Workshops.
Covid 19 Contact Tracing for Art Escape Open Studios
All open studios and Art Escape venues will operated under Covid alert level 2, they will be displaying a QR code or have a manual register for contact tracing. Please make sure that you scan or sign in when you visit an Art Escape location. Physical distancing and use of hand sanitiser is also recommended.