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

University of Newcastle Student Collective November 17th 

Olive Tree Market Emerging Stall Start Up Package Recipients

We are beyond excited to welcome a collective of students from The University of Newcastle as the recipients of the Olive Tree Market’s Emerging Artist Stall Start-up Package on November 17th at Olive TreeThe collective will include illustrator Rebecca O’Donoghue, graphic artist and designer Nik Gall, illustrator Sylvia Gidall, and designer Brayden Duignan. The students have recently taken part in the DESN3006 Researching the Design Profession course, which has been designed and deliver by, The Business Centre. Make sure you come and support them this Saturday alongside over 150 super talented artists, designers and makers who will showcase their works at the first of our Olive Tree Summer Market Series this Saturday.

Student  Rebecca O’Donoghue, whose work we feature below, says that she is a lover of handcrafted paper goods, flowers, and simple deign. Rebecca’s style is ever evolving, but the artist says her purpose remains the same: to inspire and equip others with beautiful designs, both for their everyday life, and to encourage the people around them.

Rebecca creates her work, from her ‘big messy desk’ in her little house by the sea, and thinks that design should be like sunshine, spreading warmth, and bringing out the beauty in everything around it.


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Don’t miss this Saturday’s Creative Line-up at Olive Tree!

Nov 17th. 9am-3pm. It’s going to be a glorious day!

We are beyond excited to have some super talented artists, designers and makers joining us this Saturday at the first of our Olive Tree Summer Market Series. Some are only coming to this Saturdays market, and you don’t want to miss out!

Meet illustrations Camilia and Chris of Eggpicnic, this talented duos work was recently chosen by the City of Sydney as part of their new Creative City Sydney program to change the cityscape. Their birds debuted on hoardings around Sydney, as well as a on a large scale installation at Sydney Olympic Park, to coincide with the arrival of the migratory shorebirds to Sydney.

Hair scarves are so hot right now-and for good reason! We just love these ones, handmade by Letter 11 Textiles. Inspired by all things kitsch, colourful and bright – these textile prints are focused on exactly that! Designer/Maker Katy Dee is drawn to botanical elements, op shop gold, playful things and above all, patterns and colour. If love the sound of these beautiful scarves then pick one up this Saturday at The Olive Tree Market and add a playful pop to your summer outfit! 

Beep Bells are back! get read to accessorise your bike this Summer with Newcastle’s very own handpainted bicycle bells! Pick one up for yourself, or grab one for the kids for Christmas. There is a bell for every person, and designer Jana’s designs always make us smile!

Meet Lulu + Smith– beautiful ceramics designed and created by hand by Leah ‘Lulu” Smith. This talented maker is influenced by principles of Scandinavian design: functional, simple, minimalist forms, and clean lines, pared with a light and muted colour palate. Leah loves creating pieces that are unique and well made to enhance everyday life. Discover the makers work for yourself at Olive Tree.

Glassblower and jewellery designer Sophia Emmett just loves to create Her project, Workshop 85 was born out of a love for creating wearable art pieces, and from a fascination of the relationship between texture and form. Sophia’s innovative approach to materials results in the most unique jewellery pieces – each one thoughtfully designed and carefully constructed by hand. You can see these beautiful pieces up close at only at this weekends market- Sophia will only be at the November 17th market date.


Stay tuned throughout the week for more updates on stalls featuring this weekend- including a collective of student from the University of Newcastle!

Planing your visit to Olive Tree!

Don’t forget that there is FREE Parking at the Newcastle City Council Car Park- 92 King Street, Newcastle. There are other great options including flat rate parking at the Civic West Car Park, entrance Gibson Street, for $6.50 and Harbour Park Car Park has flat rate $5: There is also parking at Market Town and in surrounding streets. But parking at the above suggestions makes it easy! Better still walk, ride or take public transport and keep our city green!


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The Olive Tree Christmas Twilight Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

This Saturday November 10th- 3pm-8pm

An evening celebration featuring art, design, gourmet & street food purveyors, free kids workshops, street performers, live music and community dining, is coming to Maitland Regional Art Gallery this Saturday! Browse an exciting collective of of over 80 artists and designers at the highly anticipated yearly Olive Tree Christmas Twilight Market.

There are so many reasons to shop local – visitors can discover unique gift ideas, and be assured that they can pick-up, small batch, ethically created handmade goods. Each purchase means you are supporting local artists and championing creative talent. There is the added bonus of finding a Christmas gifts that you know will be unique or Christmas day, that you will be contributing to the local economy, and making a stand against mass produced imported goods. Discover makers like ceramics from Studio Enti, illustration from Nicole Berlach,jewellery by The Bleeding Hearts Club and fashion by Alexis Eclectic.

The Christmas Twilight Market will include free Christmas Craft activities for kids from 4-6pm, roving street performers, an exciting live music line-up under the gallery trees, and once the shopping and sampling are done, visitors can bring along a picnic rug, and join friends and family, for an early dinner from street food purveyors.

“We are excited to welcome the communities of Maitland, and the Hunter Valley, for a fun evening, and community celebration, of creativity. It’s a great opportunity to spend the evening with friends at one of Maitland best cultural offerings. Not only can customers experience the market but they can visit the gallery by night which is a fantastic opportunity. Follow Olive Tree on social media for daily updates of makers who will feature at the Christmas Twilight Market.

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Feast on Foodie Goodness this Saturday November 3rd at Olive Tree

Did you know that The Olive Tree Market has an amazing foodie line-up every market? This Saturday expect to see 40 gourmet and street food stalls- it’s looking like a warm day and there will be plenty of refreshing options!  Including treats from award winning chef  Nic Poelaert of Choux Patisserie, amazing vegan muffins from The Muffin Mob, breakfast goodness from Superfood Revolution, refreshing Kombucha from Pura Vida Organics, divine cakes from Covered in Crumbs, bagels from Papas Bagel Bar, Thai fusion from Schillykickk, marshmallow treats from the Marshmallow Co, and winning gelato, from Mr Goaty Gelato, to name a few!! Come and treat yourself. Chill under the trees, and feast on foodie goodness with your market buddies.

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Live Music at the Olive Tree Market on November 3rd. 

Music has always been a big part of the ethos behind supporting the creative community at The Olive Tree Market. This Saturday we will feature another fantastic line-up of live music. Bring your friends, pull up a deck chair, and chill out in our two performance spaces in Civic Park. We are excited to welcome some great new acts to our Olive Tree audience, and also to welcome back long time Olive Tree favourite Jack Dawson who first played at the market way back in 2009 and has gone on to perform around the world.

We are always looking for great local, and touring acts, to join our line-up. If you are solo act or band and think that you would like to join our community of performers, then get in contact! We have limited openings in our lead-up to Christmas, and are opening bookings for 2019 now.


9am-11am  Charlie & Jensen

11am-1pm Jess Knaus

1-3 Jack Dawson


9am-11am India and The Journey To the East (Solo Set)

11am-1pm Lachlan X Morris

1pm-3pm Damian Wright

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Meet The Bilbao Loft on November 3rd

Get excited (and we mean really excited!) The Bilboa Loft is joining us for the first time on November 3rd! Emphasising beautiful shapes, and interesting prints, The Bilboa Loft strives to consciously create, quality handcrafted clothes, with an elegant, yet quirky aesthetic. Maker, designer, and curator, Osha draws inspiration from her nomadic upbringing, instilling a feeling of wonder and empowerment in all her pieces. If you’re a firm believer of the slow fashion and ethical clothing movement we know that you’re going to LOVE this one. Don’t miss The Bilbao Loft as they make their debut at The Olive Tree Market next weekend!

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