About the tour
2 weekends of open studios – the first two full weekends in October every year
> The Coromandel Artstour is a free self guided open studio event. For 2 weekends in April, Coromandel artists open their studio doors. This is an opportunity to meet the artists, explore the studios and see new work as it is created. You can visit the studios of 20 artists in and around Coromandel town, over two weekends – April 9/10 + April 16/17.
The event is free! You can pick up a the Artist Guide and map at i-Sites around the Coromandel Peninsula, at The Source, Weta, or Hauraki House Gallery in Coromandel Town. Or download your copy here. Use it to find the studios, and look out for the big white flags out on the street marking the locations. Follow the arrows from there.
Since the Artist Guide is valid all year long, you can use it any time of the year, even after the Artstour finishes. Just contact and visit your favorite artist studios for a more in-depth visit. It’s a great starting point to plan your visit and simply a great reference for this creative arts destination.
Guide books are available from:
> The Source Coromandel Artist Collective
> Thames, Coromandel and Whitianga i-Sites
> Online here
Opening Times (during the event)
Studios are open from 10am to 4pm daily during the event. If you wish to visit outside these hours or outside the event you’re welcome to contact the artists directly.
Each year there are around 30 participating artists in the Open Studios, so to visit them all you would probably need more than one day. You should plan on visiting 8 – 12 studios in one day. Expect to spend about 20-30 minutes at each place – some you will really love, so you might spend a bit longer!
These are not galleries but real working art studios, and as such they are not necessarily set up to handle lots of visitors at once. Some are quite small, so please be patient if there is a crowd already there, sit back and relax! You are on Coromandel time.