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

alexis, eclectic. Collections inspired by Australian landscapes. 

We are thrilled to welcome back emerging fashion designer Alexis Withers of Alexis Eclectic back to Olive Tree to showcase her amazing NEW collection ‘Orange Moss’- a collaboration with Sydney based artist Grace Kingston. (Our images are of a alexis, eclectic’s previous collection. The new collection debuts in Newcastle on October 6th!)

Alexis dabbled in everything from physics to jewellery making, before settling on her current creative output, which is textile, print and garment centered.

The maker has travelled frequently through country Australia, which has inspired Alexis to express a new look on the classic Australiana theme, and find a design aesthetic that has a unique cultural accent. Her garments portray classic cuts with new twist, and result in looks that are sophisticated, exciting, and uniquely Australian.  Alexis seeks to create clothing that allows the wearer to express a creative soul from within the confines of conventional attire. alexis, eclectic’s collections always carry a conceptual heart.  

Alexis will be making the trip to Olive Tree from her regional NSW town of Orange. A major focus of The Olive Tree Market’s 10 year journey, has been to support regional artists from all parts of NSW and Australia, alongside Newcastle based creatives. Come along on October 6th to support this talented creative.


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Sami Bayly- Winner of the November Olive Tree Market

Emerging Artists Stallholder Start-up Package

To celebrate our upcoming 10th Anniversary, The Olive Tree Market recently called for applications for the first round of our Young Emerging Artists Stallholder Start-up Program.  For the next 12 months, one lucky creative will win a Stall Package worth $350 at Olive Tree. This aspiring creative will join our artistic community, and share their work on a large-sale platform.

We are excited to announce that our first recipient is Newcastle based artist Sami Bayly. It was the thought-provoking message behind twenty one year old Sami’s intriguing artwork that excited us. Sami is currently completing her honours Degree in Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle, and was recently awarded the inaugural Australian Museum’s Australian Scientific Illustration Scholarship.

The scholarship was awarded to commemorate the legacy of 19th Century natural history illustrators Helena and Harriett Scott, and encourage the next generation of scientific observation. Lover and painter of all things natural history related, Sami is the creator of Ugly Animal Illustration, her series of water-coloured works highlighting a beauty we would so often overlook.

We invited Olive Tree intern Rebecca Hicks, who is a current marketing student at The University of Newcastle, to interview Sami for this blog post. Thanks Bec!

Rebecca: It’s a pleasure to sit down with you to get to know a little bit more about what inspires your artworks, and how you have managed to produce such thought-provoking creations at such a young age. Has Natural History always been an interest of yours?

Sami: Actually no. I have always loved art and creating, but it was the work of artist Alex Pardee’s Land of Confusion, who’s surrealist monster works and eerie but colourful cartoons force you to stop and think. He has said, ‘I draw things that don’t exist… but I really wish they did’.

It was this realistic yet eerie style of drawing that brought inspired my own real-life but slightly scary aesthetic of painting.

It was my Mum who then found and suggested the Natural History degree at Newcastle. It’s a real bridge between Art and Science, imagination and fiction.

Rebecca: You don’t really create the typically ‘pretty’ or ‘conventional’ art, you make works that are quite different and out of the ordinary.

Sami: No, I have never really created something that you would specifically think to hang in someone’s house. To have people hang and appreciate my work would be an absolute bonus! I want my artworks to have a shock value, to make people stop and think. Through my paintings, I highlight the beauty in animals that society has condemned as ‘ugly’. I want to give people a reason to open their eyes to another perspective.

Rebecca: But despite your art focusing on ‘Ugly Animals’, it has become something people would hang in their lounge rooms. They ignite thought, and bring something interesting and uniquely special into the space.

Sami: Thank you. It can be something no one else has. Whether you are trying to find a funny gift, a serious gift, my works can be something that create emotion and interest in things that are generally overlooked. Something interesting and special for someone that has an interest in animals or an interest in realistic things.

If you allow yourself to see what I am trying to show you, there is beauty everywhere. Even in ‘pests’!


Rebecca: What is it that you love about creating with watercolour?

Sami: Before university, I hated using paints and watercolours. I wouldn’t even pick up a paint brush! My mum would try and get me to paint a picture of a bird or our dog, but I would only ever create an artwork in pencil. It wasn’t until I started my degree and we were forced to use only watercolour for an entire semester, that my love for the medium developed.

With watercolour, you can make a big space smooth and realistic.

I love that I can use it to add layers of detail, so the picture I am creating is realistic enough,

but still has an arty touch to it. You can still see the lines, you aren’t looking at the real-life bird in front of you, but I believe was I create is more exciting than hanging a photograph of the ‘real-thing’ on the wall.

Rebecca: Perfect imperfection?

Sami: [Laughs] Yes, something like that!


Rebecca: Tell us more about your inspiration for creativity.

Sami: Since I was young, my mum was always an artist and painter. Dad was more musical. Mum loved acrylics and oils, and encouraged me to get into painting. She painted big portraits of the dog, and the bird, and the fish, and hung them around the house. So I too would sit down in the living room and draw whatever was around me.

When I went to university, I guess it changed to the inspiring people who were around me. I find Instagram is a great tool. You have access to artists’ works from different countries and backgrounds, that I wouldn’t have otherwise found if not for social media. I see the amazing things they paint, and how they paint them, and the arrangements, and it triggers something in me of what I can do next.

Rebecca: Where do you see your art taking you as you continue along this creative pathway?

Sami: Well I am currently working on a book. I can’t say too much yet, but I am now in the process of finalising an illustrated picture book for children, which is focused on ‘ugly’, and endangered, and extinct animals.

Something else I have always wanted to do is have my art published by a magazine, like National Geographic. Kind of the best-of-the-best for natural history illustrators. And I haven’t got there yet!

Rebecca: Yet! It is on the to do list.

Sami: Yes, I have a while. But definitely having my own book is something I didn’t think was possible this early!

I am realistic about at the art realm, and how much hard work and time it takes to get your break. It can be a real lucky dip! You need to grasp every opportunity that comes your way. I feel very fortunate to be the first winner of the 12 months of The Olive Tree Market Start-Up Program, and have the chance to share my works with the Newcastle public at the upcoming market day.

Rebecca: Well it has been an absolute pleasure to meet you today. I am excited for our market-goers to experience your work for themselves at the upcoming Olive Tree Market this October!

Meet inspiring Sami at our next market, Saturday October 6th, at Civic Park.  Sami will have a range of her prints, t-shirts, bags, temporary tattoos and cards available for purchase. Let her open your mind to the beauty in the ugly just as she has opened ours!


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October 6th- New Season. Discover Regional Artists.

Emerging Creatives & Slow Ethically Made Fashion

The weather is warming up, just in time for the a new season of amazing market dates at Olive Tree! October 6th will come alive with the biggest market of 2018 to date with over 140 talented creatives showcasing in Civic Park. Olive Tree  is the perfect place to pick-up unique small batch ethical goods- or an early Christmas gift for those who are hard to buy for!

We just can’t expressed how much we love every the jewellery created by maker Grace Huie Robbins of Graffitiore’s.  Each stunning piece has been created from hundreds of layers of spray paint, re-purposed into wearable art. Wear your own piece of Sydney’s history – the highly detailed colours, patterns and textures a result of graffiti paint found in Sydney’s Inner West. You’ll be sure to find the perfect piece to accentuate your individual style. Discover the makers collection for yourself on october 6th.

We are excited to have the talented Emily O’brien Lifestyle back at this month, with her inspiring range of photographic prints. This flowering, golden Australian Wattle print makes us feel all warm and summery inside! Perfect prints to warm up your house after winter.

Clay By Tina makes her debut at Olive Tree on October 6th and we can’t wait! This talented ceramicist works to create functional art, that is both useful in its form, but aesthetically pleasing to enhance everyday activities. Her hand crafted tumblers are perfect for your Saturday morning coffee! Why not pick one up at the market, and a get your market coffee from Sprocket Roasters or Silverskin coffee, in a beautiful reusable vessel? If you haven’t seen the artists ceramics before, get ready to fall in love just like we have! Tina is also coming a long way to be here – all her pieces are lovingly crafted at her family’s farm in rural Victoria.


Stay tuned for more happening on October 6th in the coming week. Don’t forget that The Olive Tree Market is open for applications for all our upcoming dates in 2018. Apply now if you don’t want to miss out!


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Join us for the Spring Seasonal Olive Tree this Saturday

Maitland Regional Art Gallery, September 8th, 9am-2pm

Hey Maitland! Olive Tree will Pop-up with our Spring Seasonal date of The Olive Tree Market this Saturday September 8th. Each year Olive Tree holds four market dates at the amazing Maitland Regional Art Gallery. This Saturday as well as discovering a collective of artists & designers, and gourmet artisan foodies, why not explore the award winning regional gallery? Maitland is a quick 30 minute drive from Newcastle and 2 hrs from Sydney, so why not make a day trip.

This Saturday discover unique artisan products like the edgy, iconic, statement pieces that designer Jae Brown creates in her beautiful resin jewellery. Think hues reminiscent of the ocean and sky. We love this iconic, powerful collection.

Johanna from Hause Of Glassborow will have new season fashion, perfect for Spring, her new collection is called Sunflower Dreaming and we love the reference to Marie Antoinette in the makers recent fashion shoot.

Burbia is all about creating beautiful prints and homewares, of the places we live and love, in Australia. Creator Greg Miller’s unique work includes current Tea Towel series ‘Classic Australian Film Titles’, illustrated topographic maps of Australian cities, and limited edition photographic prints showcasing some of Australia’s most loved locations. BURBIA will bring any wall to life in you home, and make great gifts for locals and visitors, to Australia.

Jacquie Garcia of Leiluca Ceramics creates beautiful, functional ceramics. The majority of the artists work is made on the pottery wheel, using Australian stoneware clay and finished in glazes and colour palettes that are inspired by the natural environment.. Her recent collection of ceramic keep cups, have been incredibly popular, not only are they stylish, but are great for the environment, and beautiful to hold. Discover them this Saturdayy alongside homewares including platters, teapots and hanging planters.

Meet friends for brunch and sample delicious fare, from street food stalls, and gourmet providores. Including Vietnamese from Viet Yum, dumplings from Nans Dumplings, delicious pastries and treats from Covered in Crumbs and Choux Patisserie, award winning chocolate from Myrtle and Pepper Chocolate, freshly squeezed lemonade from Hello Lemon, and coffee from Sprocket Coffee Roasters.

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Magpie Goose! Showcasing at The Olive Tree Market this Saturday. September 1st.

We are super excited that Magpie Goose will be joining us at The Olive Tree Market this Saturday! Magpie Goose is a fashion social enterprise showcasing bright, bold & fabulous textiles designed by Aboriginal artists & hand printed in Australia. Named after a bird native to the top end of Australia, Magpie Goose is loud, proud and unapologetic! 

Maggie McGowan and Laura Egan are the co-founders of Magpie Goose. Magpie Goose exists through partnerships with remote art centres, individual artists, textile designers, graphic designers, photographers, manufacturers and screenprinters in remote and urban Australia.

On Saturday you will be able to discover their range which showcases textiles from some of Australia’s most remote community art centres, and features amazing work by celebrated Indigenous artists. Including Palngun Wurnangat (Wadeye), Injalak Arts (Gunbalanya), Tiwi Design (WurrumiyangaTiwi Islands) and Bábbarra Women’s Centre (Maningrida). Each design tells a story – of people, place and culture.

Magpie Goose have been making a big impact on the national stage, and in a very short time frame, have had amazing success at national design markets like Finders Keepers. You may have read about them in publications like Frankie Magazine, MamaMia and Broadsheet.  This is a one time chance to discover this amazing brand in Newcastle. The designers are making a special trip to Newcastle for Olive Tree so we feel really honoured!

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The Olive Tree Market Emerging Artist Stall Start-up Program

WIN a Free Stall Package Valued at $350 at The Olive Tree Market

Did you know that the 10th Anniversary of The Olive Tree Market falls on our October 6th market? We are super excited about this milestone and have lots of special happenings to share with you in the coming months! 

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, The Olive Tree Market is excited to welcome the next generation of artists and makers to our creative community!

We are happy to announce that The Olive Tree Market is launching a Startup Stall Package, valued at $350, which will be awarded to a new emerging artist/ designer every month for 12 months!

This is fantastic opportunity for emerging creatives to share their work on a large-scale platform, gain industry recognition, and kickstart their career in the creative arts.

Successful applications must meet the criteria below:

  • It must be your first time at any market
  • You are super talented, and in the emerging stages, of your artistic career
  • You must be under 30

The Startup Stall Package will include:

  • One free 3 x 3m stall (including Public Liability Insurance) at The Olive Tree Market.
  • 1 x Marquee + white canopy
  • 1 x Table to assist in displaying your work
  • Posts across our social media channels, including our Instagram (with over 25,000 followers!) and Facebook.
  • A dedicated blog post on our website
  • Various other media, including a press release about you!
  • Guidance on preparing for the market
  • Advice on how to display your work, merchandising and stall presentation

Sound exciting?! Does this sound like you, or someone you think is super creative and just needs a little encouragement! Then we want to hear from you!

Applications are now open for the October 6th Olive Tree Market Stall Startup Package! Go to our Apply Page for all the information you need to send us!

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