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.


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olive-tree-banner_high-resOlive Tree Art & Design Market will features extra markets over the November and December period as part of our Christmas Summer Series. Showcasing a curated line-up of the best local and Australian design across home wares, textiles, fashion, furniture, illustration, jewellery and lifestyle & kids products visitors can shop eat, drink and shop some more in the lead up to Christmas!

Each market over the Summer Christmas Series will feature over 150 stallholders in the one location and will also include some of Newcastle high profile artists such as artists Trevor Dickerson with his humorous drawings of urban landscapes and Sophia Emmett whose intimate wearable constructions feature coal sourced from the Hunter Valley.

The Summer Christmas markets will also feature Strip of A Lifetime’s new traveling photo both The Float O Booth so you and your friends and family can get some cool and funky photos in the back of a vintage horse float…

Enjoy delicious food by The Bao Brothers, The Hungry Camel, Vietyum and Rustic Flair, coffee from Sprocket and sweet treats from Dough & Co and Fifi La Femme, Baked Uprising and Myrtle & Pepper Chocolates.

You can even create your own bespoke Christmas Hamper with the help of Oma’s Kitchen’s famous German short bread, sweet treats from Pudding Lane and olives and oils from River Flats Estate.

There will be a great line-up of music including The Half Nelsons, Balkan Bar Mitzvah, Crazy Old Morris, James Bennett, Joel Leggett and The Newcastle Ukestra and much more.

We hope to see you there!

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special-olive-tree-october-market_october-8thThe Olive Tree Market’s is holding a special market this Saturday October 8th after having three markets in a row cancelled due to extreme weather. We encourage the local community to come out and support our amazing artisan community this Saturday. It’s the perfect opportunity to start some Christmas shopping and to buy unique gifts from the hands of the people who make them.’

Shop contemporary leather home wares and accessories by Rustic Luxe, sweet spring fashion from Lemisee Collection, whimsical bearded ceramic planters by artist Ellie Hannon, urban botanical skincare from Archon Designs, ceramics home wares from Clay Canoe, seriously delicious bling for your bicycle from Beep Bicycle Bells, quirky illustration and cards from Hello Miss May, hand crafted contemporary pet accessories by Bound to Roam, and men and women’s fashion by Australian surface designers Publisher Textiles.

Save the date for Olive Tree this Saturday October 8th and visit with family and friends! Stay to enjoy delicious food and drink from local taste-makers and catch the line-up of independent musicians.

When: October 8th  9am-3pm
Where: Civic Park, King Street, Newcastle

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Newcastle is heading for a big weekend of art & culture! Not only is it The Olive Tree Market, this Saturday October 1st, but the long weekend also sees the This Is Not Art Festival hit town!

Discover a fantastic line-up of stallholders.Including silver jewellery from JIKA, ceramic home wares from Stuff & Stuff, leather accessories from Hide & Seeker, delicious treats from Yvettes Raw Kitchen, artisan goodies from Baked Uprising and food from around the globe.

The music line-up will include Loui Abell, James Bennett, Nick Connors and Dan Southward.

To make it easy walk, ride or take public transport into the City. Or if you have to drive, park in the Civic West Car Park or the NCC King Street Car Park, it’s $6 flat rate to park at both stations all day.

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Hello Maitland! Here we come! The Spring Olive Tree Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery is this Saturday September 17th. Many stallholders will be making their debut in Maitland and the line-up is looking fantastic! Fashion from Publisher Textiles, jewellery from House of Bec, earthy textiles from Leaf & Cloth, men’s skincare for the bearded and shaved gentlemen from The Mister Brand, leather homewares by Rustic Luxe,  and pretty summer dresses from Lemisee Collection to name a few.

Take home food straight from the kitchens of local makers. Delicious honey from Urban Hum, stunning chocolates from Myrtle & pepper, pastries from Blackbird Artisan Bakery, salamis by Goose On The Loose, olives and oils by Arolyn Grove, blended teas from Mitea and treats from Dragon Fly Foods.

This time the market will surround sculptures of well know Australian artist Paul Selwood. Discover current exhibitions in the gallery, including Art Express, enjoy delicious food in the gallery grounds and take in the cool sounds of live music by local artists. 9am-2pm. 230 High Street Maitland.

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Two Squirrels// The Olive Tree Market// August 6th.

Ceramicist Nicki Bates says she began making ceramics after her first child Finlay turned two, as she needed something creative to do that would also enable her to have ‘me time’.

Nicki initially only made pieces for friends and family until she was asked by the Newcastle Art Gallery if she was interested in selling her platters through the gallery shop.

After having a second child Felix, Nicki wanted to get back into clay work which she found therapeutic and rewarding, and began attending classes and at the Newcastle Studio Potters.

Nicki says she met a community of talented men and women at the studio and learnt many new skills and techniques during this period. She also decided to change her business name to ‘Two Squirrels’ inspired by her own mother who calls her children Squirrels.

Nicki’s creative processes include working with a mixture of slab work and hand building but she predominately works with the wheel. She loves creating patterns and rarely plans out what she makes. Nicki says “I like to see what happens on the wheel when I throw. I like applying simple colours like black and matt white on a gritty earthy clay and cobalt blue and black on clean white clay. I am still learning and I am not sure where this little creative venture will take me but in the mean time I am enjoying creating pieces and giving them to new homes.”

All of Two squirrels work is stoneware and all glazes are food safe. Meet the maker for the first time at The Olive Tree Market this Saturday August 6th.

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