The Olive Tree Market

The Olive Tree Market is part of the renaissance currently taking place in Newcastle’s artisan community. Founded in 2008, The Olive Tree Market is the Leading Contemporary Handmade Art & Design Market in Newcastle and has provided a launching platform for hundreds of creative and innovative small businesses.

The Olive Tree Market is constantly growing and evolving with talented makers and designers 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 independent live music! See you under the Olive Tree.


New @ The Olive Tree Market

Jej & boc visit The Olive Tree Market on their East Coast tour!

Welcome to the colourful world of jej &boc, a Melbourne-based textiles and fashion label that embrace bold patterns and vibrant colours – life’s too short to wear boring clothes! Jej & boc was created in 2018 by sisters, Jess and Bec- they grew up in Zimbabwe, where they formed a great love of colour and pattern from an early age.

Deeply inspired by the vibrant tropical fruit at the markets, the java-printed fabrics and the African bush- the sisters absorbed a world of colour throughout their childhood which defines who they are to this day. This talented duo collaborate on all aspects of their ethically focused brand.Bec is the textile designer; she creates bold designs which feature vivid colour and quirky hand-drawn motifs. Jess directs the fashion design component of this vibrant brand conjuring up the perfect silhouettes to showcase the textiles.

Jej & boc choose to support local businesses with fabric printing, pattern-making and garment construction- they believe that locally produced garments have a lower carbon footprint and enrich our local community, and make small and considered batches of garments to avoid waste and use fabrics that are durable, breathable and biodegradable such as cotton, silk and linen. Perfect! The girls are visiting as a one off on their East Coast market tour so make sure to visit on April 6th or you will miss out!

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Our April 6th Olive Tree is just around the corner!

Over the last decade we have been privileged to share the creative journeys of so many amazing artists & designs. Many have gone off to experience other adventures and life paths, and then returned to Olive Tree often in new incarnations. This month we are happy to welcome back Katelyn Tso the maker behind women’s clothing, accessories and home wares label Indigo Thread.

We love that Katelyn’s products are created in fabrics which feature her distinctive designs of the Aussie landscape, and that the maker works in natural fibres such as linen, cotton, bamboo and leather- raw materials that are not only beautiful to wear but as Katelyn points out are kinder to our environment. Pick up lovely pieces like this linen and leather tote bag on April 6th.


Louise Martinsen, ceramics sale!

If ceramics are you passion then you won’t want to miss artisan Louise Martiensen one off studio, seconds, samples and discontinued stock sale at the April Olive Tree Market! Louise’s slip-cast home wares and table ware features delicate soft pastel palettes, as well as naturally pressed floral patterns. Pieces will include salt dishes, serving bowls, platters, vases and tea-light diffusers. Prices will start at $2-$70 with savings of 35-90% off regular prices. It’s no doubt going to be a popular event so make sure to arrive early to pick up something special at a heavily reduced price.


Big Bite Eco- great food safe design. Say goodbye to plastic in style. 

We love this gorgeous planet friendly eco-ware from Big Bite Eco! Founder Seonaidh is an artist and multidisciplinary designer, and the innovative force behind these reusable, not to mention cute, sustainable alternatives to plastics. Created  from responsibly sourced, and hard wearing eco-friendly materials from around the globe, often utilising waste byproducts from other industries- such as bamboo husk fibre we have found our new go to for packing lunch for work and picnics!


Stay tuned for more market features of new stallholders launching on April 6th over the coming week, as well as the full live music schedule, and other special features.

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Happy International Women’s Day! The Olive Tree Market creative community has always featured an amazing collective of talented women artist, designers, makers, creative  entrepreneurs, musicians and performers. Today we want to say how inspiring we think this community is, and how proud we have been to support, and be a part of the journey of so many incredible women, over the last decade. Making it in the arts world, and as business women, while being incredibly rewarding can also be a tough gig.

So today we say keep up the good work! Support one another on your journeys, reach out and create community links with other women, and lift up and mentor those who are starting out. Women are amazing and we can do so much more when we stand together!


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New makers and creatives to discover at Olive Tree

This Saturday. March 2nd. 9am-3pm.

It’s market day this Saturday and its looking like the sun will be shining! We look forward to introducing you to some fantastic first time stallholders. A few special picks include the following designers and creatives. Bring you family and friends and join us for a beautiful day in Civic Park. 

Desvalido Designs

Things are about to get a little saucy! We are excited to introduce local Newcastle designer Alana of Desvalido Designs, and her beautiful lingerie collection, to The Olive Tree Market community. Think French knickers, sleep wear, and bralettes in ultra soft natural fabrics, often featuring prints by local artists. Alana creates small, limited edition collections, in her Newcastle studio. Every aspect of her creations are handmade-from the initial patterns, to testing new designs, and sewing the edges of her French knickers so they’re perfect every time. She even custom makes her care & content labels so you know how to look after your lingerie based on each fabric used. We love supporting local based initiatives!


Leiluca Ceramics

If a takeaway coffee from your favourite cafe is your special morning ritual, and you’re committed to the helping the planet and being part of the War on Waste, then having a keep cup should be part of your plan! We think these ceramic cups by Leiluca Ceramics are pretty special. Each cup is a one off, and made with love by maker Jacquie Garcia. Find your own beautiful vessel on March 2nd.

Foodie Focus- The Farmer’s Wife Distillery

If gin’s your thing then get ready to be spoilt! After a long term career in the corporate world, founder Kylie Sepos decided that launching a craft gin distillery would be the next phase of her life. Kylie wanted to be one of the lucky people that get to pursue their passion and craft distilling seemed the perfect fit. Simple?! Not one to do things by halves Kylie read up on all there is to know on gin and distilling, completed a distilling course at Redlands Distillery in Tasmania for hands-on experience and then a course at Melbourne Federation University which focused on the biochemistry side of distilling, and enlisted Tasmanian Peter Bailey to custom build the still to her own design. After an 18-month wait, The Farmer’s Wife was born and the rest as they say is history. Discover this boutique spirit maker at Olive Tree on March 2nd- we know once your try The Farmers Wife’s samples you won’t want to walk away empty handed!

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Position Profile

The Olive Tree Market is looking for an event superstar! While this is a casual role, we require a candidate who can commit to our event calendar for 2019.

Olive Tree  is currently held on the first Saturday of the month, and the first and third Saturdays of November and December.

The Olive Tree Market also holds four seasonal market dates at Maitland Regional Art Gallery in May, July, September and November.

Position Description

This role is responsible for undertaking duties on market days to assist the Event Managers including the set-up and pack down of the market (including lifting), directing traffic and parking, monitoring waste management, cleaning, manning the Olive Tree Market site office, which includes greeting visitors and stallholders, and answering event specific questions.

The ideal candidate will have considerable event experience, or have recently undertaken study in the field of event management, and have a strong interest in arts based events.

You must be able to work as part of a team, and have strong experience in providing enthusiastic customer service and support.

This is a physical role that requires an individual that is extremely reliable, as well as positive, proactive, and friendly and able to think on their feet in a fast paced event environment.

You will be joining a small team who are passionate and innovative and aren’t afraid of hard work.

Tasks will include:

  • Set up of Marquees and stalls
  • Set up signage and market theming
  • Distribute marketing material to stallholder patrons
  • Direct traffic, and monitor market site as required
  • Conduct safety checks and reports
  • Greet Patrons
  • Take customer/ patron enquiries
  • Processing stall fee payments
  • Customer surveys
  • Monitor cleaning and waste management
  • Pack down and site inspection

The Event Assistant will be required on the following dates in 2019:

Hours are from 6am- approximately 5pm each market date.

  • March 2nd- if recruitment successful
  • April 6th
  • May 4th
  • June 1st
  • July 13th
  • August 3rd
  • September 7th
  • October 5th
  • November 2nd
  • November 16th (TBC)
  • December 7th
  • December 21st (TBC)

There are also potential shifts at four seasonal Olive Tree Market dates in 2019 at Maitland Regional Art Gallery:

May, July. September and November. 6:30am- 4pm


Does this sound like you? Then we would love to hear from you!

Email a one page cover letter and your CV to:



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March 2nd Is just around the corner!

Put the date in your little black book

2019 is a go and we are excited to be back in Civic Park on March 2nd. Alongside fabulous market stalls, enjoy good music by awesome local acts, sample delicious food and summer drinks, and picnic under the trees with friends and family. There will also be some surprise activiations, so follow Olive Tree on social media for updates in the lead-up to market day! 

Here are is a sneak peak of two amazing Australian brands who are joining us for our upcoming market! We will post more in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Little Crow Designs

If you love high end, beautifully made, ethical home wares, then we have a treat for market visitors on March 2nd. Every aspect of designer Georgie Avis’s textile range Little Crow Design is handcrafted from beginning to end, and combines Georgie’s love of textiles, with her desire to offer beautifully made pieces that tell an Australian story. The devotion to detail, and quality of her beautiful pieces, stands out from the mass produced mainstream, and goes to the heart of littlecrow – offering lasting products that express the creativity and unique value of her customers. Littlecrow Designs collection includes cushions, wall hangings, tote bags and tea towels, featuring a relaxed colour palette, inspired by our scrubby bushland and the coastal lifestyle.


The Print Society

The Print Society is a creative and inspiring Australian homewares, design and lifestyle brand, committed to accessible design, Australian manufacturing and materials, and doing all they can to look after the environment.Founder Karen Johnston left behind her corporate career in a bid to follow her long standing passion for design and a desire to build a creative brand that balances fresh ideas with value for money for fellow design lovers. We know this makers range of soft furnishings, wall art, objects and accessories, in an amazing summer palette, are going to be popular- think clay pink and butterscotch tones that pop!



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