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

Shop Mother’s Day at Olive Tree

It’s our May 5th market in two weeks, and we will be celebrating all things Mother’s Day, so we thought we would give you a few sneak peaks of what you can pick up for your mama! Think home wares by Bay Trader Co, plants to die for from the the Desert Sunday Collective, ceramics by Hell Wench, Jewellery by JIKA and candles by Luka.

Stay tuned we will be posting more in the coming days!

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We are super excited to announce that talented textile designer and screen printer extraordinaire Diana Jones of Jones Living will teach two screen printing workshops at the Seasonal Autumn date of The Olive Tree Market​ at Maitland Regional Art Gallery​. You may have experienced Di’s amazing designs, and quirky sense of humour, at Olive Tree over the years. She was one of our first, and most loved, Olive Tree stallholders so it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn screen printing from one of Newcastle’s creative gems!

Come and join Jones Living at The Olive Tree Market – Maitland Regional Art Gallery to learn the completely addictive art of screen printing.
In this workshop you will be designing some simple patterns to print onto a calico tote bag to take home. You will learn a quick and easy way of screen printing that you will be able to do at home. Using Eco-friendly paints and waterproof stencil paper, you will learn all you need to know to bring your illustrations to life and on to fabric. Taught by Diana from Jones Living, she will share her knowledge of screen printing that will get you producing designer totes in no time.
Minimum age requirement 12 years.
Saturday 12th May 2018
Time: 12.30-2pm
Cost: $85
Adults Workshop:
Level: Beginners, no prior knowledge necessary
Where: The Olive Tree Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery
What you receive:
Jones Living Screen printing kit which includes;
1 x screen printing frame with mesh
1 x squeegee
1 x pot of black fabric ink
6 x sheets of waterproof paper
1 x instruction manual
1 x sample stencil ‘Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble’
1 x roll of masking tape
1 x calico cotton tote bag
What to bring on the day:
A drawing of something you would like to print on to fabric. Maybe a favourite quote or somebody’s name. As a first timer, I would suggest a simple, blocky illustration to get you started. Wear old clothes as it does get messy and the paint will stain and set on your clothes. Aprons will be provided.


Bring the kids down to Olive Tree Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery to print their own calico tote bag with an array of pre-made hand cut lino prints from Jones Living. Lots of stamps from animals, houses, flowers, trees to star wars characters.
In this workshop, kids can create their own scenes onto their tote bag. They will be stamping with eco-friendly fabric paint so it does get messy so I would advise they wear clothes that you don’t mind paint getting on. Taught by Diana from Jones Living, this is a great workshop for crafty kids that love colour and like to get messy.
Minimum age requirement 4 years.
Saturday 12th May 2018
Time: 10am – 12.00pm (takes approximately 30 mins)
Cost: $15
Kids Workshops:
Level: Beginners, no prior knowledge necessary
4 time slots available
1. 10am – 10.30am
2. 10.30am-11am
3. 11.00am-11.30am
4. 11.30am – 12pm
What you receive:
1 x calico cotton tote bag
1 x heat setting instructions
What to bring on the day:
Wear old clothes as it does get messy and the paint will stain and set on your clothes. Aprons will provided on the day.


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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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