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

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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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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