Mercury Bay Art Escape - All Year

Our popular self-guided tour of art studios continues throughout the year. Interested visitors can pick up a free Mercury Bay Art Escape Art Guide at local galleries and libraries or go to the artists page to arrange a unique art tour that highlights


The ever-popular Mercury Bay Art Escape Open Studio weekends are held every year over the first 2 weekends in March and draw many art-loving visitors to the stunning coastal area of Mercury Bay on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula. This stunning self-drive art tour includes Hikuai, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach and Opito Bay. Coupled with world-class scenery, eateries and wineries and it is a great opportunity to stay and enjoy art.  

Mercury Bay Art Escape artists include potters, sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, weavers, woodworkers, mosaic artists, jewellers, a glass artist and a furniture maker. There are six new artists in the 2019 event making a total of 36 artists and 3 art groups opening up their studios and creative spaces across the Eastern Coromandel area.  Studios are open 10am to 4pm on 2nd, 3rd ,9th and 10th  March and entry to visit artists is of course free.

While viewing their latest artworks take the time to meet the artists and talk with them about their ideas and how they work, giving you greater insight and understanding of art and creative practices

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Various studios throughout the Mercury Bay
Visit the website for Artists details, Whitianga

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