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

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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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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