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

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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Meet Amy and Laura from Secret Book Stuff

We loved this post about Olive Tree stallholder Secret Book Stuff and we wanted to share it with you! We love knowing the stories behind the people who make up our market community, especially when it involves people finding each other through their joint passions. So here’s the story of Secret Book Stuff .“Okay, the secret part of Secret Book Stuff has been out for quite some time, but it’s time to make it official! Meet Amy and Laura: writers, bibliophiles, and partners in (book-related) crime. Between them, they have 1611 books. Yes, you read that number right. But anyway, here’s the grand old story. Twelve months ago, Amy launched Secret Book Stuff as a random act of kindness project to spread the love of literature and create a little more magic in people’s lives by wrapping her own pre-loved books (the ones she was willing to part with) in eco materials and dropping them at cafes, bus stops, door steps, schools and hospitals. She started selling them as gifts online to raise money for local charities close to her heart, like Newcastle Basket Brigade and Ronald McDonald House. Meanwhile, Laura was drowning in her own teetering book piles and Secret Book Stuff caught her attention. Long story short, Laura loved books. Amy loved books. Suddenly, they fell in love… and decided to combine their book collection (although Amy insists they have coloured stickers inside the covers to make sure they know who owns each book) and run Secret Book Stuff together.” Meet Amy and Laura this Saturday August 4th at The Olive Tree Market.


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 Put August 4th in your little Black Book and Join us at Olive Tree.

Whenever we think of market day we can’t help but start dreaming of all the beautiful work we will be bringing you very soon at Olive Tree! So here is a little inspiration to get you planning your market trip next Saturday August 4th to Olive Tree! Make sure to stop in and meet newbies A Sweet Ride Called Clyde! Delicious goodies to melt your mouth! Discover leather accessories by Tamboon Leather Co, stunning jewellery by Krura, and we are excited that our friends from Clay Canoe will be back, after being away on adventures in the Northern Territory. And for lunch make sure to stop in to catch up with the boys at Bao Brothers for some Taiwanese Street Food. Tell your friends and see you soon market lovers!

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Olive Tree Pops Up on July 14th at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

This Saturday Olive Tree pops-up with our Winter Seasonal Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery We invite the community of Maitland, and visitors to the region, to join us at this amazing regional gallery, to experience our talented local creative community.

Learn the stories behind the makers carefully created, innovative, handmade pieces, sample gourmet artisan produce and street food, and be inspired by the buzz of people who love what the do!  

A few of our creatives sneak peaks you’ll find this Saturday:

The Salty Crown
If you are a lover of hats then you have to visit The Salty Crown! All of their hats are hand designed and hand crafted and made to be unisex and from bio-degradable and renewable 100% Australian wool felt. Eco-friendly whilst fashionable. 100% in our books!


Lisa Sanasi Ceramics

We love the soft blush colour- and the organic shape of her Pebble Drop Earrings created by Lisa Sanasi Ceramics. Each piece is made by hand in the artists studio, and we know she will be popular this Saturday at Maitland.


Covered in Crumbs

Why not treat yourself to one of these delicious desserts by the talented bakers at Covered in Crumbs. Almost too good to eat, but we’ll risk it!

ICO Studio

ICO Studio is the pseudonym for artist Beck Dixon’s creative pursuits. Beck creates bespoke handmade- one of a kind objects and artworks- that really make a statement. Handcrafted in her home studio, in the coastal town of Terrigal, each piece has it’s own identity and character. Beck has exhibited throughout her career as an artist & educator and is sure to be a hit on Saturday!

Mop and Dolly

Leesa Sitouu of Mop and Dolly does cute so well! We know her up-cycled winter blanket jackets for the little ones will be hit. Each one is unique, with hues to match any colour palette.


Desert Sunday Collective
Winning over local audiences with their amazing ferns, potted succulents and cacti. Creators Andrew and Amanda have an infectious enthusiasm for these green lives. They recently have had major success with a hugely popular pop-up events in Newcastle and The Hunter. Make sure to come early on Saturday, as this duo was super popular at the Spring Seasonal Market.



Our Winter Pop Up Olive Tree will feature our carefully curated line-up showcasing incredible performers, songwriters, and up and coming local musicians. This time it’s Sunday Morning Sidewalk, Vince Redgrove, Martin Rotolo and Huckleberry. It’s the perfect way to get your dose of the best live music outdoors under the beautiful gallery trees while enjoying a coffee or brunch.


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The Lost Collective debuts at Olive Tree.

We are really excited to introduce debut stallholder Brett Patman- the photographer behind Lost Collective to Newcastle this Saturday at Olive Tree! The Lost Collective is a photographic project borne out of Brett’s  fascination with abandoned buildings and disused industrial architecture. He documents rarely-seen locations that once played a major role in their community; from power stations to hospitals, including Tin City in the Stockton sand dunes, and the project has photographed sites across Australia and Japan. The artists work has been featured in well known publications like the Sydney Morning Herald, Yen, Smith Journal and Collective Hub among other publications.

Lost Collective also works to locate former workers and locals, in order to piece together the forgotten history of these once grand locations and tell their story to new generations. So if you have an amazing location, or story workers story you know of, make sure to let Brett know. This is one amazing artists not to miss!

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