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.


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The Olive Tree Market. Newcastle Writers Festival & the Spiegeltent!

This Saturday in the Cultural Precinct + Parking Information.

It’s going to be a big weekend in Newcastle’s Cultural Precinct! The Olive Tree Market, The Newcastle’s Writers Festival and the Spiegeltent mean Civic Park is the place to be this Saturday! Olive Tree will be in both ends of Civic Park, Spiegeltent will be in the middle of the market, so make sure to visit both ends of the park! Discover new creatives on Saturday including emerging jewellery Danica Moorcroft, women’s fashion from Evyie, delicious pastries from Covered in Crumbs and a whole lot more!

The line-up of music is looking stellar and will include Olive Tree favourites Shanteya & Jo. We will also have a special guest performer, femme fatale, sideshow siren and circus superstar, Hannah Indigo! Our Free Indigenous Workshop Series will continue this Saturday with Aboriginal Art Appreciation Workshops for kids with Speaking in Colour presenter Dawn Conlan. Children will learn how to be inspired by Traditional Aboriginal art and will create a small art keepsake, in a contemporary and culturally appropriate way, to take home at the end of the session. Sessions will be held at 10am-11:30 and 12-1pm.

This Saturday will encourage locals to keep our city green and walk, ride or take public transport into the city. If you are driving there is flat rate parking at the Civic West Car Park, entrance Gibson Street, for $6.50: and Harbour Park Car Park has flat rate $5: and $7 at the NCC Mall Car Park- $92 king St. Revitalising Newcastle also has all the information on the best place to park in the city: as well as the current best routes into the city and other useful parking information:  

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The Olive Tree Market will launch the first in a series of five free Indigenous Cultural Workshops, in partnership with Speaking in Colour, at our March 3rd market. The workshop series is supported by a Newcastle City Council Make Your Place Grant.

There are multiple aims behind this project. Importantly the project will provide employment and professional opportunities for local Indigenous arts and cultural practitioners.

The workshops will provide opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to connect and engage through culture and art, in the centre of Newcastle’s Cultural Precinct, and for the sharing of knowledge by local indigenous community cultural practitioners who are the caretakers of Newcastle’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

We want to foster cross-cultural community based collaborations. We see art and cultural projects as a strong meeting place for conversations to develop, as opportunities for fostering cultural knowledge and understanding, as a place to develop new skills, and a way of contributing to harmony within our society.

One of the exciting elements of the project is the opportunity to work with Cherie Johnson, the Founder and Owner of Speaking in Colour, a local Aboriginal and arts Consultancy, which provides training, cultural workshops and Aboriginal education resources.

Cherie is achieving amazing things as an educator, artists and business woman and she recently curated the exhibition Transmission, at The Lock-Up Contemporary Art Space.’


Cherie recently chatted with us at Olive Tree about Speaking in Colour:

Cherie: ‘The facilitators at Speaking in Colour are known appropriate local cultural facilitators who bring a wealth of knowledge to the team. Our Aboriginal Community is full of amazing presenters who just need a little support and help in running a business, so at Speaking in Colour we are a large umbrella with the aim to build capacity within our local Aboriginal community to provide economic opportunity to our community while ensuring Aboriginal art and education in this region is professional and equip. Relationships have formed over time with some presenters moving on, while others have gone from strength to strength and expanding in ways they never thought possible, which is amazing to watch.’

Justine: ‘As the founder of The Olive Tree Market, and as an event organiser of successful culturally diverse community based events, it has become increasingly clear that there remains a large gap in the involvement of local Indigenous community members, and Indigenous artists, in Newcastle’s community based events. We want to try and help redress this gap. The Olive Tree Market, actively welcomes, and wants to engage with, local Indigenous communities, as visitors, community members and as artists.

We want locally based Indigenous artists and designers, to see Olive Tree as a potential platform to showcase cultural and arts based small businesses and cultural performances and workshops.

Olive Tree currently has a number of fantastic Indigenous artists  who showcase their amazing work at Olive Tree. Including painter and home wares designer Saretta Fielding, graphic artists, illustrator and street fashion designer Jason Coultard of Wakarla and incredible Indigenous arts centre Injalak Arts from the Northern Territory.




Please note: the workshops will run as drop in workshops with limited spaces on a first in first served basis. So come early to avoid disappointment. Thank-you.

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WE’RE HIRING! Event Assistant Manager
The Olive Tree Market​ is looking for an event super star to join our team! Are you a self motivated, creative thinker, with highly developed customer relations skills, are passionate about the creative industries, have excellent administration, computer, social media and content writing abilities, and strong experience in creating and delivering high quality events?! If so, then we want you as part of our team!

Founded in 2008, Olive Tree has now grown to be Newcastle’s leading art& design market, the market promotes and supports over 250 innovative creative small businesses each year. We are now embarking on our 10th year of operation, and have a big year ahead, so require an experienced Event Assistant Manager to join us 2 days per week + market and event days.

Olive Tree also has a number of special events planned in 2018, and the successful applicant, will play an integral role in creating and delivering these events.

INTERESTED? Send us your Resume + 1 page telling us why you are the perfect person for the position! Email:

Please only apply for this position if you can fully commit to being part of our team for 2018! We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Join Us for the 10th year of The Olive Tree Market!

February 3rd. Civic Park. 9am-3pm

Our first market for 2018 marks the beginning of 10th year of The Olive Tree Market! It’s going to be an exciting year leading up to our special 10th anniversary celebrations in October! Every New Year marks the time for renewal and it’s when we ask interested makers to contact us if they are interested in becoming part of our community of creatives, musicians and makers. So if you have always thought about joining The Olive Tree Market- then now is the time to apply!

Our first market for 2018 will be held on Saturday the 3rd of February, in Civic Park, and we can’t wait!

Here are a few sneak peaks of new stallholders joining us on February 3rd!

Henry & Tunks

If you love ceramics as much as we do, then make sure to visit the beautifully crafted ceramic vessels, and homewares, that designer Lydnel of Henry & Tunks creates. We are in love with her bud vessels in blush pink and hanging planters.

Zenti Designs

Emma Oliver illustrations burst from Emma’s creative imagination and into her studio.  Her pieces range from bright and beautifully coloured gouache artworks, to black and white intricately, patterned drawings, all hand crafted, and destined to decorate walls, stationery, textiles… and any other surface they can find! We can’t wait to welcome her to Newcastle for the first time!

Mrs Nargar & Co 

If you are a lover of soy candles and diffusers then make sure to stop in and discover the 14 fragrances that Mrs Margar & Co carefully create! Their candles are presented in gorgeous quilted ball preserving jars. From Vanilla Caramel and Vanilla Bourbon (always high in demand!) though to Pineapple Coconut and Brown Sugar & Fig, you’ll get lost in the experience. Be inspired, relaxed, or just transported away from the everyday….

Never Working Mondays

The clever team at Never Working Mondays We work with factories to save their wetsuit offcut waste, usually thrown away, to bring you “Water Baby” Swimwear. Creative re use is a big theme at Olive Tree this month! Pick up your own cute pair of sweet summer swimmers for any little water babe and make a statement to help planet earth!


Needle Vs. Thread

Maker Kirrily creates beautiful bags and accessories that are all made with respect for living creates and are 100% vegan. We know the makers bags will be popular with those, who love strong design, and are looking for a humane alternative to animal based materials.

So much Yummy Food on February 3rd!!

We are always on the hunt for delicious foodies to join us at Olive Tree! We are excited to have some delicious new foodies joining us on February 3rd!! We love Greek Food, and can’t wait to introduce you to The Haloumi Hut! The creators Stel and Candice, serve amazing Vegetarian and Vegan Greek-inspired goodness. Think yummy pastries, dolmades, hommus and tzatziki, Greek donuts and halouminati fries. We know this one is going to be popular!

And just perfect for the summer weather, new stallholder Kerri Ann from Hello Lemonade, will be serving up freshly squeezed lemonade, using lemons grown on the Central Coast, right in front of you. Every cup is super fresh and delicious! We love that this super cute stall looks after the environment, by using bio cups and paper straws, and leaves a minimal environmental footprint by not requiring any electricity to run the stall. Clever cookies! Meet these foodies alongside a fantastic selection our gourmet artisan food, hot food, coffee, treats and gelato!

Live Music on Feb 3rd.

Live music is an integral part of showcasing the creative community to Newcastle. Performers on February 3rd will include: popular duo Brown Bear & Hooves, upbeat folk music from Huckleberry & The Traditional All Sorts, incredible vocals and guitar from Boots Porter, Don Leaton who featured on The Voice, upcoming performer Lachlan Edwards, and The Little Quirks, who have just released a new EP.


There has been plenty of talk about the big changes in Newcastle but there are plenty of options if you’re driving to Civic Park! Park all day at the Civic West Car Park for $6:50 OR if you’re coming from the north of Newcastle then Harbour Park Car Park is the easiest access and has a flat rate of $5. Better still, you can choose to keep our city green and walk, ride or take public transport!



March 3rd, April 7th. May 5th. June 2nd. July 7th. August 4th. Sept 1st. October 6th. November 3rd. November 17th. December 1st. December 15th.

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We are really excited to let you know that we will have visiting staff from Injalak Arts this Saturday at our final date of The Olive Tree Market for 2017.  Injalak Arts is a non-profit Aboriginal-owned social enterprise and an outstanding example of a community organisation that is 100% Aboriginal owned and delivers positive social, economic and cultural outcomes for its members.There are around 200 active members – artists and weavers from Gunbalanya and surrounding outstations. Indigenous community art centres play an important role in the artistic and cultural life of traditional Aboriginal artists living in remote communities. Come along and discover the beautiful work of these amazing artists and take home unique gifts for the special people in your life. Make sure to stop in and discover the beautiful work on offer and support community based Indigenous artists this Christmas. 


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A big ‘thank you’ from the Olive Tree creative community for your ongoing support in 2017! 

It’s been a big year for us at Olive Tree and we couldn’t have done it without you! We are so passionate about providing a platform for our local artists, makers, and musicians, and about creating a space where everyone feels welcome, can be inspired, and celebrate the amazing community we have in the Newcastle. So, thank-you for being part of our Olive Tree community!!

Final Market for 2017
Saturday’s market will feature over 150 stalls of art, design, and delicious gourmet food to fill your hamper with. The kids can meet our special guest, two very sweet Llama’s, and chill out with free kid’s yoga with Wild Child & Co. Come and take in the great sounds of the Newcastle Ukestra and relax under the shady trees in Civic Park.

! For all Olive Tree fans who want to get in early, to fill your basket with unique Christmas gifts, we kick off at 9am and we suggest you park at one of the nearby car parks to make your day easy!


Public Holiday
Ceramicist Carly Bateux is assured to be popular this Saturday with her gorgeous ceramic home wares in amazing glazes of pinks, blues, and greens. We love the makers planters, cups and multi-functional vessels- it would be very easy to start a collection!

Big and little kids will  love Emma Kidd!
You don’t have to be a kid to love the quirky work of illustrator Emma Kidd. Emma’s amazing hand painted magical creatures can be purchased as original collector’s art works- or you can pick up very cool printed kits- to assemble your own creature with moving parts. Perfect Christmas gifts for any child with a big imagination and love for creating.

Publisher textiles

Our friends at Publisher Textiles create the most amazing fashion, in fantastic hand screen printed textiles designs. Pick up some threads for the festive season and stand out from everyone else!

Juno and Ace

Juno and Ace have create resin jewellery in the perfect combinations of this seasons colours. We love their designs and think you will too!

Kiasmin Burrell

Emerging artist Kiasmin Burrell has been creating quite a buzz with her beautiful artworks. Make sure to get to Olive Tree early if you want to purchase one of Kiasmin’s original art works as they get snapped up very quickly.

Mop and Dolly

Leesa Sitouu of Mop and Dolly creates the cutest little outfits for the kids as well as handmade dolls and toys for those who love ethically created gifts for the kids.


The Mister Brand
The fellas in your life need the hand-crafted skin care of The Mister Brand Perfect for both the bearded gentleman and his shaving buddies!

Oshka Black
Lovers of strong contemporary jewellery design will appreciate Oshka Black earthy resin jewellery, in beautiful hues reminiscent of the ocean and sky.

T Totaler Tea
The team from T Totaler Tea are back this Saturday. Paul and Amber Sunderland have travelled to over 30 countries in the pursuit of the perfect cup of tea! They have a passion for creating Australian grown, and native botanical blends, and also make amazing sparkling sodas in glass flask. Perfect gifts for the foodies!

Mr Goaty Gelato

You have to experience the amazing flavours from the creators of Mr Goaty Gelato! It’s going to be a hot day on Saturday so come to the market early and treat yourself with a yummiest gelati. 

Baked Uprising

You may have tried the delicious breads and pastries from Baked Uprising, but they also make a fantastic line of preserves and savoury condiments perfect for the Christmas table.

Fill your Christmas Hamper
There will be, so many incredibly delicious gourmet food products so come and fill your hamper. There will be everything from oils, olives, dukkha, Christmas puddings, pickles, chutneys. We even have the Country Women’s Association coming to sell their super popular jams! You really can find the whole kit and caboodle for your foodie friends and relatives!


Live music is an integral part of showcasing the creative the line-up on Saturday is looking fantastic! Discover: Mimosa Duo, Georgie Fischer, Emmy Rose, Grace Turner & Jason Lowe, Jake Howden and the Ukestra.

PARKING- Avoid any hassle on the day with cheap flat rate parking!

If you’re driving to Civic Park- park all day at the Civic West Car Park, entrance on Gibson Street, for $6:50 or at Harbour Car Park, 11 Argyle Street, for a flat rate of $5 if you are driving from the Hanell Street side of town. Or better still, walk, ride, or take public transport and keep our city green!
We return in 2018 on February 3rd for another fantastic year! We take a break in January, so all our makers can enjoy time with their loved ones, and gain fresh inspiration for the new year!


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