The Mercury Bay Art Escape is a self-drive Open Studio Tour centred around the beautiful coastal area of Mercury Bay on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, encompassing the areas of Pauanui, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Whitianga and Kuaotunu in the first two weekends in March each year.
We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of around 50 artists in the next Open Studio Tour, 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 March 2016.
The 2016 Open Studio Tour launches at Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach on Friday 4 March 2016 with a month-long "Taste of the Tour' Showcase Exhibition. This much anticipated social event sells out every year so get your tickets early for 2016.
The Open Studio weekends are March 5 & 6 and March 12 & 13 2016
.... but you can contact any of our artists year-round. Plan a trip to this beautiful part of the Country and get in touch with your favourite Mercury Bay artists: make an appointment to see their studios and artwork. Go to the Artists drop down above and view all of our members who are listed alphabetically and by location.
The 2015 Guide is an expanded 156 page full colour, spiral bound reference manual. It includes artists’ biographies, easy to read maps and images of a selection of their work, plus listings for many cafes, galleries, tours and B&B’s in the area. It is an all year round reference to the creative talent in Mercury Bay. It is an essential guide to have on hand whether you are a visitor, local, holiday home owner or art lover.