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

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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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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