The Olive Tree Market is happy to announce that Olive Tree will move to Civic Park and the Cultural Precinct of Newcastle in February 2015.
After six amazing years at The Junction Public School, The Olive Tree Market was informed some months ago that The Junction Public School had received NSW State Government funding to rebuild classrooms in 2015 that were demolished in the 1989 earthquake. The Principal of The Junction Public School and The Department of Education Asset Management confirmed that the school grounds would be inaccessible for non-school activities in 2015. The opportunity to tender for Civic Park came at the perfect time.
While its sad to be leaving our original home I am extremely excited about this new chapter for The Olive Tree Market. It means that we will be able to grow and develop the market in innovate new ways.
Situating the market in the heart of the cultural precinct will also provided exciting opportunities to work with the surrounding Cultural Institutions including The Newcastle Art Gallery.
I’m extremely proud of the journey we have had since launching The Olive Tree Market in 2008. When I started the market with my then partners, the wonderful Bec Thomson and Ally Buchanan, we had a dream of providing a monthly platform for local artists and designers who had few opportunities at that stage apart from a small number of local galleries and retail outlets. The Olive Tree Market is now recognized as one of the best contemporary handmade market in Australia, supports over 120 local artists and designers each month and has received national media coverage.
The Olive Tree Market will continue operating at The Junction Public School until the end of 2014.
There will be a series of markets in the lead-up to Christmas- November 1st + 15th the December 6th Christmas Market and the final market for 2014, which will be held on December 20th.
We look forward to 2015 and an exciting new chapter for The Olive Tree Market, but until then, its business as usual at our current location.
See you under the Olive Tree at our next market on November 1st.
(This lovely image is by Jasmine Dowling)