Visit Open Artists’ Studios on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula

Left to Right: Charles and Janine Williams Vector commission – Glen Innes Auckland — Chris Charteris — Tim Alrdich carving Tairua — Wendy Walls


The Open Studios weekend on the eastern Coromandel Peninsula provides the perfect opportunity for the real enjoyment of exploring the creative nature of the Coromandel.


Interact with artists in their creative spaces, visit galleries, be captivated by the coastal scenery. A roadtrip where you not only enjoy art to your heart’s content, but also explore the cafes, restaurants, breweries and vineyards in Tairua, Whenuakite, Cooks Beach, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach, and Opito Bay


The Open Studios weekends are 2-3 and 9-10 March. Explore a wide range of styles practised by the 36 member artists and three art groups. Experience woodworking, pottery, sculpture, harakeke weaving, jewellery, glasswork, mosaics, painting, photography and printmaking.


Renowned artist Chris Charteris will host the popular public sculpture event at Kuaotunu on Sunday 3 March, and for 2019, Mercury Bay Art Escape has introduced an exciting midweek programme. 


From 4-8 March, visitors may undertake new and exciting enterprises participating in a range of art workshops.  These fun workshops for all levels include photography, flax weaving, painting, mixed media and printmaking. You will be tutored by Mercury Bay Art Escape artists and invited artist tutors.


During this week marvel at the new Street Art Festival that Mercury Bay Art Escape has organised to highlight the national Tuia – Encounters 250 commemorations.  Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay) has great seafaring significance, as this is where the great navigator Kupe visited many centuries ago and in 1769 was one of four landing sites for Cook’s ship, The Endeavour. The festival will involve Mercury Bay Art Escape artists including their patron Michael Smither and popular street artists from the Coromandel, Hamilton and Auckland featuring the incredible talents of Flox, TrustMe and Charles and Janine Williams.


To find out everything visit mercurybayartescape.com