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 Market runs creative workshop every seasonal Pop-up Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. This time Reba Dafter, of Pretty Burd, will run a ‘Create a Resin Art Work Workshop’ . A visual asrtist from the Central Coast NSW, Reba studied Fine Art at the University of Western Ontario, and is a teacher, mother, and lover of all things PRETTY! Reba started Pretty Bürd in 2013 which has expanded to facilitate workshops Australia wide since 2016. Here’s what you can expect at the workshop on July 14th. We look forward to sharing the wonderful experience of working with this medium and assisting you in creating your very own artwork!

You will be guided through the process in a hands-on workshop and create your very own resin artwork. You will be provided with a 50cm round (or hexagon) panel and dyes, pigments and pearlescent powders needed to create artworks with resin. Reba will be demonstrating how to work with the resin and how to mix colours and techniques for applying and creating designs. Your finished artwork will require a drying period of 24 hours so will need to be collected from the venue after this time.

WHERE: Maitland Regional Art Gallery. 230 High St, Maitland.
COST: Various Prices Depending on Art Work Created. See link below
Appropriate for All skill levels. Beginners welcomed! Please note: We do not recommend this workshop to pregnant women as chemicals in the form of resins are used.

Clothes you’re prepared to get paint on!


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APPLY NOW! Calling all makers, designers, artists, and food and drink purveyors! Winter Olive Tree Market Applications are now open for the July 7th date of Olive Tree at Civic Park as well as our Winter Seasonal Olive Tree at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on July 14th 🍂 We can’t wait to see your work!

If you haven’t been to Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) you have to! The award winning regional gallery has an amazing program of exhibitions and public programming- the gallery is currently featuring HUNTER RED-Razzamatazz .The Hunter Red suite of exhibitions represents a collaborative vision shared by Hunter-based galleries: Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and The Lock-Up Contemporary Art Space. HUNTER RED: Razzamatazz features theatrically vibrant, collected artworks from our region. Coinciding exhibitions at MRAG include: Wendy Sharp| secrets, Jen Denzin and Mandy Robinson | All that Glitters and Luminous Maitland.

The Olive Tree Market is held seasonally, in the beautiful grounds of Maitland Regional Art Gallery, which is located at 230 High Street Maitland. Take a quick 30 min drive from Newcastle and 2 hrs direct on the M1 from Sydney and spend the day discovering the market, gallery and the historic city of Maitland.



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It’s Olive Tree this Saturday June 2nd! Are you coming?

Saturday is looking might fine with a line-up full of some amazing new stalls. Think lovingly hand-crafted children’s clothing from Archiebee, inspired by vintage fashions, classic lines and the need to let children play, learn and discover, designer cushions in beautiful textiles from Willow and Mill, cards, prints and hand painted tees, featuring the makers feel good humour from Fox and Beau and fashion from Evyie.

Can we just say that we can’t wait to try the cannoli from newbies Sasa Sicilian Street Food, and that our taste buds are already tingling for Vietnamese street food from the team at Screemin’ Veemis- these clever cookies have taken their inspiration straight from the streets of Saigon, adding a pinch of coriander here and a dash of pickled vegetables there.


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Forage, Flower and Fold Natural Dye Workshop + Inside Jo.B
Presented by The Olive Tree Market in Partnership + The Lock-up

We are excited to announce the first Olive Tree Workshop at Newcastle’s amazing contemporary art space The Lock-up.

The Forage, Flower and Fold Natural Dye Workshop, will be facilitated by Olive Tree regular, fashion designer and textile artist, Joanne Broederlow. Jo is the creator of Inside Jo.B, a textile design studio and small slow fashion label based on the Central Coast. (Read more about Jo and her ethical fashion label and natural dyeing here in a beautiful article about the artist on The Plant Hunter

In this playfully inspiring, two and half hour workshop, participants will learn natural dyeing basics, and how to create with Bundle Eco Dye, made from plants and food, and other natural materials. You will also use flowers, food, weeds, and leaves, to create patterns on raw cotton, with a basic techniques simple enough to do at home and with children.

All the raw materials, and a Pure Silk Scarf 42 x 160cm (Eco dyed scarves RRP $70), will be provided to decorate in all natural colours, as well as unbleached cotton for hammering flower patterns and digital notes with online support. (Vegans can request a cotton scarf instead of silk). Participants are welcome to bring your own local foraged materials, from your garden and neighbourhood to mark the silk and cotton fabrics. We will also Eco Dye your own t-shirt/singlet or pillow slip from home.(Natural fabrics only and pre-washed). More silk scarves will be available to purchase if preferred.

WHEN: 11 am-1.30 pm Sunday 24th June 2018

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street
Newcastle NSW 2300


Numbers are limited so booked today for intimate exclusive workshop on how to set up this practise at home.


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May 12th Olive Tree Pops-up at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Don’t forget we are popping up this Saturday with the Seasonal Autumn date of The Olive Tree at the amazing Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG). If you haven’t been before, it’s well and truly worth a visit!

There are is a wonderful line-up of stallholders, and lots of last minute gift ideas for Mother’s Day, if you are like us and leave it to the last minute! Think fabric home wares featuring the artists paintings by local Indigenous artist Saretta Fielding, ceramics by Hell wench, plants by the Desert Sunday Collective, jewellery by Oscar and Matilda, photography by Emily O’brien, fashion by Aulieude, felt work by Gill Brooks of Feltwild and lots more! There are also some great stalls for the menfolk so we have you sorted!

Current exhibitions at MRAG include Hunter Red, The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Luminous Maitland,  Sonant Bodies, and Andrew Finnie. There is also a beautiful new installation in the gallery shop by Jamie Prichard of Artisan Made. Jaime is also a Olive Tree stallholder and will be selling her stunning hand painted paper garlands, stationery and hand brushed tassels- as well as some special Mother’s Day cards.

Music on Saturday will include acoustic duo Hermana who are influenced by R&B and have toured nationally, foot stomping blues from Jye Sharp, Hawaiian influenced pedal steel by trio The High Andies and Gypsy Jazz from Mimosa. Settling in with some delicious food and enjoy the beuatiful sounds under the gallery trees.

If you’re coming from Newcastle, MRAG is only a quick 1/2 hour car trip, or you can jump on a train! MRAG is located at 230 High St Maitland. The market operates from 9am-2pm.

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It’s Olive Tree on Saturday! Make sure you don’t miss out!

We can’t wait to introduce you to some talented new stallholders, alongside regular favourites, this Saturday may 5th at Olive Tree. Don’t miss amazing ceramic home wares, including ethical coffee cups, from Good Grief Ceramics, amazing handmade hats by newcomers The Salty Crown, prints to warm up any home from Burbia, beautiful ethically handcrafted fashion from Inside Jo B, and silver jewellery created with re-purposed silver by Toby E Jewellery.

There are also some amazing new gourmet foodie stalls including chai from Newcastle Chai, tumeric jamu drinks from Mrs Toddy’s Tonic, and french crepes and sugar cane juice, from DAR JANNAH and of course all your favourites- including amazing gelato from my Goaty Gelato!

Don’t forget it’s a week before Mother’s Day- and don’t worry- we have you sorted at Olive Tree!  Discover beautiful unique options for any mama! And the Mobile Shiatsu Clinic is back, so stop in for a treatment from the healing hands of Joya! Free Indigenous Dance Workshops for Kids + Speaking in Colour
We really encourage you to bring your kids to Olive Tree on Saturday for the fantastic opportunity of taking part in FREE Aboriginal Dance Workshops with Tammy Small and Speaking in Colour. Tammy teaches at Hunter School of Performing Arts and we are honoured to have her at Olive Tree. Read or listen to more on Tammy on the ABC Newcastle Website.

The Aboriginal Dance Workshops will be held at 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm for 45 minutes. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. A big thanks to Newcastle City Council who supported the workshops with a Make Your Place Grant.


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