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

Meet Madi Astolfi of Unpicking! Join her in a special Workshop at Olive Tree on July 8th! And make sure to stop by her stall.

We are super excited that textile artist Madi Astolfi of Unpicking is coming to Olive Tree on July 8th. Not only will she have a stall at our Winter Market but she will be running an Embroidery Workshop too! We have been following Madi’s beautiful floral and cacti contemporary embroidery on Instagram for some time but this will be the first time Madi has showcased her stunning work at Olive Tree.

Madi is from the small Central Coast town of and at the ripe old age of 19 she is doing amazing things!  Madi discovered her passion for hand embroidery soon after completing her HSC in 2015 and hasn’t been able to put it down since. She now attends university full-time in Sydney and continues to embroider various cacti and other quirky plants inspired by the space she works and lives in. In late 2016 Madi began a series of downloadable PDF patterns made available through her Etsy shop ( alongside her embroidered wall hangings and DIY embroidery kits.


If you love Madi’s work as much as we do and would like to learn from an incredible maker then Madi on July 8th in her special Sunflower Wreath Embroidery Workshop. If you are interested in all things embroidery and textile then make sure to jump online and book your spot. All the information about the workshop is here:

About: In this 3 hour class, you will learn basic embroidery stitches and techniques, get to know a bit more about fabrics and thread as well as hoop finishing and design tips! This class is designed for beginners in mind, however, the experienced stitcher is welcome to come along. There is a limited number of spots available, so please grab your ticket as soon as possible and come on down to Olive Tree Market on Saturday the 8th of July!

Design you’ll be stitching: 

What you’ll get: 

  • A finished embroidery piece to take home (as well as your threads + needle)
  • Loads of useful information to help kickstart your next embroidery at home
  • Hands-on learning with the help of the pattern booklet to show you step by step photos

*Spots limited to 8 people*

When: July 8, Saturday

Cost: $100 inclusive of all materials.

Time: 10am-1pm


In the “Unpicking” stall

Olive Tree Market

Civic Park, King St

Newcastle NSW 2300

Book you spot now! Link Here:  Unpicking Workshop July 8th

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It’s The Olive Tree Market tomorrow, June 3rd, and as a once off we are in both ends of Civic Park as the Spegeltent is in the centre of the park- it’s showing the fantastic Velvet which has performance after the market at 5pm and 8pm. So don’t miss any of our fantastic new stalls, and your favourites, and make sure to visit the whole market! Stallholder Nicole Berlach illustrated this cute map to show you how Olive Tree will be on both sides of the fountain! Plus if you are driving into the Newcastle park all day at the Harbour Park Car Park, 11 Argyle Street Newcastle, and catch our FREE Rickshaw to Civic Park. There will be a loop for customers between 9am-3pm. If this car park fills up then you can park at Wilson’s Car Park on King Street. Newcastle Now, Lynch’s Hub and The Olive Tree market are providing the rickshaw to make your day easy!

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TRADE THE MARK/ We have been crushing hard at The Olive Tree Market over the ceramics and textiles of designer Christina McLean, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is borne out of a deep love of nature and a devotion to hand-crafted practice. As a kid, Chris was drawn to the patterns she found in the natural world, inspired by the mercurial scales of fish, concentric shapes in skeletons and voluptuous botanical forms. After completing a visual arts degree, she applied this love of organic patterning to her creative expression founding Chowk ceramics, which she ran for 10 years, specialising in unique ceramic ranges and mark making in clay.

After further post graduate studies in Design, Chris turned her mark making to textiles. In 2009 she began working under the banner CMTD (Christina Mclean Textile Design), where she produced some of the most innovative work in fashion. She became one of Australia’s leading textile designers, consulting with top fashion designers including Sass & Bide, Willow, Bianca Spender, Romance Was Born and Ginger & Smart.

Her latest incarnation, TRADE the MARK, sees Chris combining her great love of hand-made technique with textiles, ceramics and leather. Her bespoke one-off works are inspired by organic textures, elemental imagination and hand-sourced treasures from her earthly travels. Using natural materials in clay, linen and natural hides, her patterns are hand dyed and painted, and her ceramics hand thrown. Eschewing the modern trend of mass-production, Chris is committed to the slow,  tradition of hand craftsmanship, which inspires a love in the beauty of individual objects. In reminding us of our innate connection to nature, Chris’ work is a timeless celebration of life itself and we can’t wait to have her at Olive Tree on June 3rd.



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It’s only a few days until Olive Tree pops up with our Autumn Seasonal Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG). We are super excited to feature lots of great new stalls including textile home wares from Bay Trader Co, ceramic vessels from Ashley Fiona, wooden jewellery by Klusterbee which features the artists photographs, fashion by Inside Jo B, hand screen printed bags and prints from Talara Blackwood, illustrations by Anna Buxton Soldal and delicious pastries from Choux Patisserie.

Stop in for a delicious brunch in the beautiful ground of the gallery and sample delicious foods including Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, Thai and Turkish cuisines. Bring the kids along for artists workshops which are part of MRAG’s fantastic kids programming, chill out to live music including Loui Abell, Shanteya & Jo and Jason Lowe.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery is situated at 230 High Street Maitland. The Autumn Seasonal Market runs from 9am-2pm.



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Discover new work by a collective of talented Olive Tree artists, including the amazingly talented ceramicist Ellie Hannon, at the upcoming Seasonal Autumn Olive Tree Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Limited stall positions are available, so shoot Olive Tree through an application, but be quick!

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Is only two days until our next Olive Tree! We can’t wait to see you! We had to share this gorgeous image of artist Nicole Berlach’s botanical journal featuring her sweet illustrations. Meet the maker this Saturday April 1st alongside a line-up of artist, creatives, makers and foodies. Are you coming? Bring your friends and spend the day in the beautiful ground of Civic Park.

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