Make your Escape to Mercury Bay


The Mercury Bay Art Escape is almost here with an exciting programme that has a real festival vibe, offering something for everyone to enjoy. 

 

Two weekends of artists' Open Studios will once again be a major highlight, with six new participants among the forty diverse artists on the trail this year including potters,sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, flax weavers, woodworkers, mosaic artists, jewellery makers, a glass artist and a furniture maker.

 

Among those making their Art Escape debut is Tairua based Dessa Bluu whose colourful mosaics, brimming with the vibrant pasifika influence of her heritage, will be an energetic and exciting addition to the line-up. Meanwhile, among the returning stalwarts are founding Art Escape member Rachel Olsen who enjoys capturing the beauty and character of her environment from her studio near Cooks Beach. Her distinctive painting style is bright and playful, more often than not celebrating the ever changing landscape of the east Coromandel coast. And of course Art Escape simply would not be complete without the renowned Michael Smither who will be based at Bread & Butter Gallery in Whitianga.

 

The open weekends on March 7 & 8  and 14 & 15, bookend a lively Festival of Art programme featuring exhibitions, demonstrations, music and numerous fringe events in towns across the Coromandel. From an art workshop for residents of Tairua Aged Care to the pizza art contest at Luke’s Kitchen in beautiful Kuaotunu, venues up and down the peninsula will be buzzing with fun and creativity throughout the week.

 

Once again, Hot Waves Cafe in Hot Water Beach acts as festival headquarters,kicking off with the Gala Opening Night from 6pm on Friday 6 March. This is also the venue for Artist-in-Residence where each day you can meet one of the featured artists and learn more about their work, philosophy and process. Hot Waves is also home to the 2020 Mercury Bay Art Escape Members’ Showcase exhibition from 7 to 13 March featuring one new artwork by each member artist as well as the group’s High School Scholarship recipient.

 

For new and experienced creatives looking to discover or develop their skills, last year's highly successful Chasing Mercury Workshops return. Offering mixed media painting and collage, mosaics, flax weaving, watercolour, charcoal and acrylics, cold wax medium, pastel and photography,, there is something for everyone. This is a unique opportunity to learn directly from some of our region’s most accomplished creatives with people like Wendy Wallace, Ian Preece, Raewyn Hildreth and Paula McNeill ready to share their time and talents. The workshops often sell out so booking early is advised.

 

For lots more information on what promises to be an exciting week of celebrating our vibrant Coromandel creative scene, visit the website.


Contact info:

info.creativecoromandel@gmail.com




Visit the Coromandel’s best artists - Open Studios ArtsTour 2020

Book yourself a weekend visiting the Peninsula’s best artists - it's guaranteed to inspire!

Creative Coromandel launches new artist mentoring programme

Creative Coromandel welcomes new patrons

Coromandel artists embrace NZ Made Products Facebook Page

We chatted with a few local artists from around the Peninsula who generously shared their experiences

Therapeutic Glimmer

Inspiring the next generation

Keeping in touch

Locals entertain via Bubble Bites 

A message from the Creative Coromandel team

New waharoa is a labour of love

Te Puru School embarks on new Māori carving project

Te Puru School brings Kotahitanga to the Thames Coast through Māori carving and mural project

Tuia - Encounters 250

Te Powhiri, Te Whanganui o Hei commemoration October 2019

Floyd Johnston

From Kuaotunu Kid to Kick**s Creative

The Back Room

A creative haven with a difference

Give it a Go with Wendy

Whitianga artist Wendy Walls' love of teaching is inspiring her to share her skills and help others find their inner creative.

ArohArt - A Labour of Love

A Thames centre celebrating and showcasing authentic Maori art is getting people talking and the owners are excited by the dicussion.

Off the Scale

A feast of talent on show at Whitianga Music Club

Anniversary sculpture taking shape

Star Waka project ready to launch

Ka Tito Au

Kupe's enthralling journey comes to Mercury Bay

Artful Performance Space

Barry Brickell Memorial Stage

Jandal On The Mandel

#jandalonthemandel on the Hauraki Rail Trail

Back Room Gallery showcases local art

Barry Brickell Play with Clay Day

Make your Escape to Mercury Bay

Hausmusik NZ presents "Cupid's Arrows"

Steampunk The Thames

Shining the light on local talent and performance art.

Diverse Displays at BADO

Creative showcase of local art at Whangamata's Big Arts Day Out.

Handle The Jandal

First sculpture for Hauraki Rail Trail

Showcase of Creativity

New website showcases creativity on the Coromandel.

New Home For Steampunk

New base for Steampunk The Thames

Auckland Youth Orchestra

May performance in Mercury Bay

Creative NZ arts funding

Coromandel artists apply for CNZ funding

CCS Funding Projects

Successful applicants for CCS funding announced.

Creative Spaces

The Coromandel, with many heritage buildings intact, lends itself well to adaptive reuse for the arts.

Dr Tracey Slaughter Talks

Free Short Story Talk at Waikato Museum

Steampunk Arts Vision

A vision for arts in the community

Coromandel Muso's

Are you a muso based in The Coromandel?

A Winter Visit

If you love the arts, you'll love The Coromandel this winter.

Who We Are

He Mana Toi Moehau Trust

Funding Creativity

CCS funding applications open this month.

A Funding Chat

Bring your coffee to our online arts funding forum.

People’s Choice Award

Pam Mundell announced winner 2018 Mercury Bay Art Escape award.

Hub for Creative Sector

Welcome to your Coromandel Arts & Creativity hub.

New Members Wanted

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2019 call for new artists & groups.

A Buzz of Creativity

Arts celebrated across the Peninsula

The Back Room

A creative haven with a difference

Ask Where I’m Local

A visual art exhibition in Coromandel Town.

Coro Summer Fest

Everything a festival ought to be

ArtStation presents a creative feast

Tuia Stage showcasing Coromandel’s best

Open Invitation to Funding Hui

Workshop to help artists understand the grant application process

Coromandel Peninsula artists embrace NZ Made Products Facebook Page during lockdown

We chatted with a few local artists from around the Peninsula who generously shared their experiences

Street Art Festival In March

Mercury Bay Art Escape commemorate Tuia 250 Encounters with Street Art.