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 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

The Winner of The Olive Tree Market Christmas Poster Competition for 2013 was the very talented Miss Lauren Merrick of Lauren Merrick Illustration!

1st Prize Lauren Merrick

2nd Prize Fiona Budzynski of 4 Leaf Clover-

3rd Prize was Paula Birch of Strip of a Lifetime

Thank-you to everyone who entered the competition for making the effort to create lots of beautiful posters.

And thank-you to our Sponsors:

The Newcastle Star

Eckersley’s Art & Craft

1st Prize Lauren Merrick

2nd Prize Fiona Budzynski


    3rd Prize Paula Birch

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The Olive Tree Market Christmas Poster Competition!

It’s time to get Creative!

It’s a fast and furious turn around!

Closes 5pm November 4th 2013

That’s right after a hugely successful launch in 2012 we’re doing it again! We want a very different poster design to last year winning entry. Here is the brief! There is lots of room for interpretation & creativity.

Olive Tree is a community of artists & makers. The poster design should celebrate the energy & creativity of this community in an eye-catching & imaginative way. It’s the celebration of our major yearly market.

WE WANT FRESH, EXCITING IMAGERY THAT WE HAVEN’T SEEN BEFORE!’ Design can be in any medium. It’s a fast and furious turn around so get creative! We look forward to seeing some amazing designs. 

Here is a link to last years finalists. Have a look at what they came up with:

Judging will be be undertaking by talented local artists!


–  1st Prize:  $300 + $200 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Gift Card

– 2nd Prize: $50 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Gift Card and $70 Prize Pack

–  3rd Prize: Eckersley’s Art & Craft $70 Prize Pack


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The Olive Tree Market June 1st 9am-3pm &

Introducing Olive & Co in The Emporium


It’s been a big month at Olive Tree central! Last week was the opening of a new initiative by The Olive Tree Market- a small-dedicated retail space Olive & Co. Renew Newcastle offered Olive Tree a space in The Emporium, the old David Jones Building in the centre of Newcastle, and I decided to take up the challenge!

Olive & Co will showcase a curated collection of work by artist & designers, who have stalls at The Olive Tree Market, as well as other local creatives’. The space will evolve and change over time with different stallholders work featuring throughout the year. The concept was inspired by the number of people, who have told us over the last five years, that they would like to be able to view and purchase our artisans work between markets.

Its been a very hectic few weeks as Renew Newcastle allows a two weeks period between handing over the keys and requiring retailers to begin trading! The doors opened last Thursday which wouldn’t have occurred without the help of a small team of fantastic Olive Tree helpers! In particular Miss Di Jones of Sketch & Jones, artist Sally Boyle and Wyan McAllister of Honeybeegoods!

It’s a great experimental space to test the waters and see how the community responds to the concept. The Emporium also houses six other creative projects so come and check it out! Olive & Co will be opened Thursday 10-6pm, Friday 10-5pm & Saturday 10-4pm at 185 The Hunter St Mall.

The Olive Tree Market is on this Saturday June 1st! The month comes around so quickly! Hopefully we will have a beautiful day for our regular visitors and for a tour group who is bringing three busloads of market goers from Sydney to visit to Olive Tree for the first time. It’s an exciting development and the group is coming to Newcastle specifically for Olive Tree. Newcastle has such a large community of artists and we really need to start selling this group of our community to the tourist market.

New stallholders at Saturdays market will include: funky bags made from recycled billboards from Outside the Five, vibrant jewellery by Bon Bon Empire, home wares by House of Glassborow, beautifully made French style children’s decorations by Maison D’Isabelle as well as over 100 additional talented artists and designers.

Take home gourmet foods from our growing artisan gourmet produce section including: honey from Dingo Honey, French pastries from Ma Belle, coffee from Silver Skin Coffee Roasters, wine from Mill Creek Vineyard and many more!

Enjoy brunch while listening to talented local musicians and take home unique work from our dedicated handmade community.

See you under the Olive Tree!

Justine & The Olive Tree Community


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The Olive Tree market will hold a special Mothers Day Market on May 4th- the perfect opportunity to find beautifully unique one of gifts created by the talented community of Olive Tree makers. The May 4th market will be a celebration of Motherhood with lots of beautiful work to be found for Mothers Day gifts.

Not only is our community predominately made up of women but the majority of our makers are mothers themselves. It always amazes me that these woman are not only artists and designers but frequently juggle other employment to help support their families all while being mothers. It is inspiring that they are able to constantly create and make new work and often have their children at Olive Tree on Market day. Many of these women have stalls throughout their pregnancies and are back at Olive Tree with brand new babies. It’s also really lovely to see many of our stallholders’ support each other as women and makers and many collaborative partnerships have come out of these connections.

Stalls featuring unique gifts for Mothers Day include:

Kyoko Peacock, originally of Japan, has been a regular stallholder since 2010 and makes elegant women’s clothing including stylish tops and waistcoats in Japanese fabrics. Her latest range, available at The Olive Tree Market Mother’s Day Market, includes a gorgeous waistcoat in cherry blossom fabric and red silk lining, Funky skirts by Becky Carver of The Heron & The Fox complete with hand screen printed panels, contemporary ceramics by Sandra Lee Brown of Paisleys on Harrison, one of textile art brooches by Christine Rutherford of Monkey & Bee, delicate contemporary lace collars by Nuria Mestes of Chompa, wearable ‘steampunk’ art necklaces by Arthouse Industries, home wares featuring upcycled textiles by Laini Byrne of Handmaiden Vintage, skin care using natural products and essential oils by Lhami.

There will also be delicious handmade gourmet food products for mothers who appreciate locally made artisan food products. Including organic wine from Mill Creek Vineyard, handmade chocolates from Cocao Nib, delicious Chai from Bon Chai, wonderfully flavoured olives from Arolyn Grove and dukkas and oils from A Taste of the Bush.

Take in the atmosphere of a Newcastle’s Dedicated Contemporary Art & Design Market and chat with makers who love what they do! Enjoy brunch with family and friends and listen to the cool sounds of talented local musicians.

See you under the Olive Tree!

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2013 is yet to start at The Olive Tree Market due to the last two market dates experiencing dangerous weather conditions. So we are scheduling an extra special market! Come and wander in Newcastle’s Dedicated Contemporary Handmade Art & Design Market with family and friends and support our talented artisan community.

March’s 16th’s market will feature new work from Olive Tree stallholders who traditionally take a break over summer to find inspiration for the coming year and to create new work.

New stallholders and business partners Elisabeth Logan and Morag Argiris of Oliochi who have created a high quality range of Children’s bedding and soft furnishings featuring vibrant designer fabrics in striking designs.

Jana Lindstrom the designer and creator of Beep Bicycle Bells who produces quality steel bicycled bells, which are each individually hand painted in a choice of retro colours and original designs.

Nuria Mestres originally from Spain is the creator of Chompa and works exclusively in textiles and creates crocheted clothing and home wares from her own designs and from vintage patterns. Nurias childhood memories are full of cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, sewing machines and of watching her mother, aunts and grandmother constantly create. This was the starting point for what is now her passion. Nurias latest creations include lace collars to dress up outfits, which are currently a highly popular fashion item and tops for women and girls, which can be made to order in various styles and colours.

Bumble Beeswax Candles who hand make 100% Australian Beeswax Candles that not only look beautiful but also are great for the environment as they are a totally natural product.

Handmaiden Vintage has many new paper creations including beautiful vintage inspired paper bunting in gorgeous prints.

Trish Stenzel of Wanderlust Clothing fame will increase her fashion range at this years The Olive Tree Market with a new collection featuring timeless pieces made from travel friendly fabrics and many designs that are multi functional & give many looks from just one garment. The Wanderlust label sums up the free spirited nature that has seen the designer Trish Stenzel travel, live and work around the globe.

Natalie Mitchell from Lhami creates natural organic skincare that smell divine! Her range includes her new 100% natural perfumes made from plant oils.

Sandra Ceramics will feature new ceramic designs for her home wares range including bright new colours and wearable art in the form of necklaces pendants and brooches.

There will be a special new feature on March 2nd! Anita Jones is one of The Olive Tree markets most popular stalls with her delicious macaroons, which sell out each market by mid morning. On March 2nd Anita will debut her new venture: a restored 1950s caravan that will moonlight as a high tea setting where visitors to Olive Tree can sit and enjoy taking in the market while savoring Ms Jones wonderful macaroons in a multitude of flavours!

We hope Newcastle will come out in support of our artisan community and celebrate the start of the 2013 Olive Tree calendar. See you under the Olive Tree!

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