The Olive Tree Market

The Olive Tree Market is part of the renaissance currently taking place in Newcastle’s artisan community. Started in 2008, The Olive Tree Market is the Leading Contemporary Handmade Art & Design Market in Newcastle and the launching pad for over a hundred and 150 creative minds!’

The Olive Tree Market is constantly growing and evolving with talented creatives joining the market each month. Discover our emerging artists section, take home amazing gourmet artisan produce and sit back and take in the sounds of talented local musicians! See you under the Olive Tree.

New @ The Olive Tree Market


Applications are now open to join the Olive Tree Market Community at our November and December dates! November 7th & 21st and December 5th and 19th. Apply online through our website now. We look forward to receiving some fantastic applications!

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The Olive Tree Market’s move to Civic Park in 2015 has not only seen the event move to the next level of success as an art and design market but has become a hub for the wider community to enjoy Civic Park as a place to meet, congregate, listen to music, enjoy food and for visitors to take place in coinciding activities at The Olive Tree Market.

Local communities increasingly wish to support local artists and designers by shopping locally and handmade. This has lead to new relationships between makers and member of the wider public. Community members are curious about the stories of the goods they buy and the people who make them, the artists’ creative processes, their influences and inspirations. There have been ongoing requests from members of the public wanting to learn in hands on workshops from local artists and designers at The Olive Tree Market.

The Makery is driven from the desire to further involve the local community in experiencing hands-on art, design and creative workshops in the gorgeous outdoor arena of The Olive Tree Market in Civic Park. The Makery will bring art to the people in an inclusive community focused environment where all areas of our community are welcome to attend collaborative workshops – young people, families, and the elderly and ethnically diverse communities. The project is made possible by the Newcastle City Council Make Your Place Grant initiative and The Olive Tree Market.

The launch workshop will be held on October 3rd with artist Miranda Earle running two workshops sessions of Colour and Symmetry Block Printing on Fabric. Ms Earle has been developing a unique fabric printing technique, using a combination of hand carved blocks and stencils, over the past 17 years and has been teaching the technique to others in workshops for over 7 years. Miranda’s workshops run every year and are hugely successful with some participants travelling interstate to be a part of it.

Miranda will guide participants through the process of using lino blocks – your choice of size, colour & shape – to create your own unique mandala, which can be printed onto a fabric banner and a tote bag. Miranda will introduce participants to the principles of colour theory and will help participants build their own unique patterns using simple symmetry templates. Please wear old clothes and bring a sense of adventure and joy of discovery with you. You may surprise yourself!

The Makery will encourage children and adults alike to experience art practice in the outdoors at Civic Park through creating art in a series of workshops and public art projects with local artists, designers and makers and community educators.

The Makery will be art in motion across various disciplines. Workshops will run from 10am-2pm and will be vibrant temporary place making activities that enliven Civic Park on October 3rd, November 7th, November 21st, December 5th and December 19th 2015.

The Makery will be facilitated by members of the local creative community and stallholders at The Olive Tree Market. Owners and staff of surrounding cultural institutions and businesses will also be invited to participate in The Makery.

The Makery is supported by Newcastle City Council’s Make Your Place Community Grant program.

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Fundraiser for Oliver & Amalka

Some weeks ago our stallholders Katerina & Ben of Croissant Frais were involved in a terrible accident on their stall at Berowa Market. Two of their children Amalka & Oliver received terrible burns to their bodies from boiling oil and have been under going surgeries in Sydney. The children have been bravely going through very serious and painful treatment. This beautiful family have not only faced a heartbreaking situation with their children but have been unable to work at the markets that are their families livelihood. To show support we are dedicating our next market on September 5th to Olive & Amalka, and holding a Fundraising Raffle with fantastic donated prizes, from generous Olive Tree Artists & Designers. Tickets will be on September 5th at The Olive Tree Market Organisers Stall. The winners will be drawn at the end of the day.

Prizes will include donated art & design and gourmet artisan food products from over 40 stallholders at The Olive Tree Market. Including: a coconut, raspberry, vanilla and almond bircher muesli by The Muesli Man, a hanging vase and triple vase from Assorted Affair, a framed limited edition print from Beau Wylie Illustration, a palm tree cushion with a feather insert from Homeworks Design Store, a Kimono from Dressy Bessy and a $50 gift voucher by The Apothecary Artist.

We would be grateful if visitors to Olive Tree on September 5th would help us help Amalka & Oliver by purchasing a raffle ticket. Our stallholders have been amazingly generous so come along on the day and support this great cause!

Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5 or 6 for $10.


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Weaving is so popular at the moment! If you haven’t seen the beautiful work of Raine Williams of The Unusual Pear then you have to visit this talented maker at The Olive Tree Market on September 5th. Raine also sells weaving kits including looms, needles, gorgeous hand dyed Australian wool yarns plus plenty of bundles of wool roving to weave some magic with.

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Spring is coming! We can’t wait for the warmer weather and to celebrate the change of season. Make sure to visit the stunning stall of Two Wild Hands on September 5th and meet floral artist Kate Bryce who creates organic, natural exclusively from Australian grown seasonal flowers in her arrangements. Spring_OTM_Flowers

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We are super excited to announce that The Olive Tree market will launch a program of FREE WORKSHOPS with Olive Tree Artists & Designers at the October 3rd date of The Olive Tree Market.  The first workshop will be held with artist Miranda Earle of Miranda Earle Fashion and Fabric and there will be limited spaces available. Stay tuned for more details and information on how to book a space. We will release more information next week! This program of workshops is made possible by a grant from Newcastle City Council’s Make Your Place Grant Program.

Artist Miranda Earle has been developing a unique fabric printing technique, using a combination of hand carved blocks and stencils, over the past 17 years.  7 years ago she began running workshops teaching the technique to others.

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