The Olive Tree Market

The Olive Tree Market is part of the renaissance currently taking place in Newcastle’s artisan community. Started in 2008, The Olive Tree Market is the Leading Contemporary Handmade Art & Design Market in Newcastle and the launching pad for over 150 creative minds!’

The Olive Tree Market is constantly growing and evolving with talented creatives 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 talented local musicians! See you under the Olive Tree.

New @ The Olive Tree Market



To celebrate the festive season some of The Olive Tree Market and our friends at Hunter Hunter are bringing you a made-with-love Christmas Giveaway featuring amazing prizes some of our most loved stallholders have pulled together!

Christmas is about to come early to one lucky person who will win more than $900 worth of beautifully crafted and hand-made goods.

The winner will receive the full Olive Tree Market experience on 2nd December at Civic Park (the biggest market of the year!) Including meeting the makers behind the markets, sipping coffee whilst collecting their prizes crafted by local artisans and enjoying the spoils of the market food producers.

To be in with a chance to WIN Enter:

The full prize includes;
Publisher Textiles top valued at $190. Hide & Seeker Origami Bag valued at $245. Clay Canoe Porcelain Platter $190, An A3 Print by Newcastle artist Trevor Dickinson valued at $90, Archon Designs  Essential Hand & Body Balm valued at $37, two beautiful coffee mugs by Public Holiday  valued at $94, Classic Australian Books Tea Towel by Burbia valued at $24.95, Link and Luna  hand woven basket valued at $79, and a hand screen printed 45cm pillow valued at $65 by Bob Window .

To be eligible to claim the prize you’ll need to make your way to either one of the Olive Tree Markets final markets of the year on Saturday 2nd and 16th December at Civic Park from 9am until 3pm.

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The unofficial saying goes, ‘When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance, and that’s what we know our makers will do this Saturday at our Christmas Twilight Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery when you shop local and handmade! The Christmas Twilight Market will feature a vast array of local artisans, creatives, musicians, and community-minded folk who all believe in the ethos of creating with sustainability and the planet in mind.

Bring the whole family to on 25th November and see free performances of Franks Fantastic Fairy Tale Theatre. They’re a travelling puppet show from Maitland, that tell traditional fairy tales in new ways for modern kids, that are guaranteed to have the kids smiling and adults entertained while sipping their on delicious drinks and enjoying an early dinner. There will be a fantastic line music line-up including Jake Howden, Yhan Leah, The High Andies and Jason Lowe. There are also free kids Christmas Craft activities alongside the fantastic exhibitions on display. The market runs from 3pm til 8pm and the gallery stays open til 8pm.


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African Headwrap/ Dhuku Workshop +  The Perfect Dawn

 The Olive Tree Market November 25th

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Nov 25th 4pm-6pm

Dhuku is the art and style of creating and wearing printed African headwraps. Whether you are a beginner, novice or just curious, don’t you worry Tracey will help will teach you the tricks of Dhuku in the fun hands on workshop! On the day you will learn 5-10 styles for different occasions-both casual and formal- and learn the mean and cultural significance of each style.

About the Workshop: Tracey will lead this hands on interactive Dhuku tying demonstration. Participants will learn:

– 5-10 Contemporary Head wrap/Dhuku styles
– How to incorporate Dhuku into your lifestyle at any time of the day
– Wraps for special occasions

By the time you leave the workshop Tracey will make sure that you have confidently acquired simple, elegant, sophisticated tying styles which can be adapted to each participant personal style and tastes. The Dhuku Workshop can accommodate all ages including children.

About Tracey Nyatsanza Mupedzi

From a young girl Tracey Nyatsanza Mupedzi, owner of The Perfect Dawn, loved Dhuku- traditional African headwraps. Tracey learnt her knowledge of the artform from the women in her family- her mother, Aunty, and mainly her late Grandmother Manyara.

It is traditional for the older women in the family to pass on the knowledge of the traditions, and the meanings, associated with each Dhuku style. Different colours and styles have individual meaning and are work certain occasions. Some styles are for happy moments and others for more formal occasions like weddings.

Tracey moved to Australia from Harare in Zimbabwe in 2009 and started The Perfect Dawn, which specialises in African Accessories in early 2017.

Since starting her business in March 2017, and joining The Olive Tree Market, Tracey has had amazing an response from both African and non-African women and has been excited by the positive response and seeing young and old women wearing her head wraps and designs.

She has been particularly inspired by the many women who have approached her to buy the headwraps, and learn her head wrap styles, due to losing their her while undergoing treatment for cancer. This was the initial inspiration for Tracey to share her knowlege through holding this workshop. All women are welcome.

Tracey has also created many of her own styles and modern takes of traditional Dhuku wraps and believes that headwrap are perfect accessories for any season throughout the year.

When:  Saturday 25th of November 4pm-6pm

Where: The Olive Tree Market. Maitland Regional Art Gallery. 230 High Street Maitland

Cost: $50 This includes the workshop and each participant takes home a free waxed printed headwrap of their choice, usually priced at $40 individually without the workshop, as well as a handmade bracelet created by Tracey. (Additional head wraps will be available on display and for sale.)



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Christmas is just around the corner, and we wanted to let you know that this Saturday at Olive Tree is going to be a cracker of a market, and the perfect place to start your shopping. Why not shop local and handmade this Christmas and give gifts with meaning! Saturday’s line up has 145 stalls of amazingly talented people with many new creatives.

30% OFF SALE THIS SATURDAY- Alexis Eclectic

Talented designer Alexis Withers of Alexis Eclectic was a first-time stallholder in October. Due to the amazing response Alexis is back this month and is having a 30% off sale! After dabbling in everything from physics to jewellery making, Alexis’s current creative output is her stunning textile, print and garment centred label. Get in quick!

Studio Enti
Ceramicist Naomi Taplin is a Sydney based ceramicist who only features once a blue moon! You will be fortunate to catch her this Saturday at Olive Tree. We are in love with this talented maker porcelain homewares, which are created in hues reminiscent of the ocean and sky. Naomi says her work is inspired by her enchantment with ‘the alchemy of this crazy, beautiful world’. An inspiring maker not to miss!


Love Beauty Foods
If you haven’t tried the amazing teas, elixirs, and tonics that the clever people at Love Beauty Foods create then now is the time! Makers Will and Gabby are passionate about keeping beauty and health simple. They both have an extensive history in the organic food industry and have used this knowledge to create nourishing products that will leave your face and body glowing, happy and healthy! Our favourites are their smile dust made from Activated Coconut Charcoal and their magic Turmeric.

Beep Bicycle Bells
If you have a keen cyclist in the family, and need a super fun stocking filler for Christmas, then this is it! Beep create cool and stylish accessories for biking adventures and there really is a bell for everyone. Our current favourite for the little girls is the bubble gum pink ‘Sweet Kawaii’ bell. Meet the clever beep team this Saturday- head for the sound of ringing bells!

As we’re nearing the end of Slow Fashion October, we are delighted to introduce emerging designer Michelle Dwight of Aulieude, to the Olive Tree community for the first time this Saturday. We believe that when you chose your clothing thoughtfully and ethically, that you will be rewarded with quality, connection (knowing who and where your things were made) and the peace of mind that you are helping the environment. Michelle says she creates alternatives for a demographic of youth more aware than ever about the impacts of their purchases. With environmental awareness at the forefront of this generation’s minds, Aulieude seeks to provide beautiful, contemporary pieces that seamlessly integrate with the Australian lifestyle.

 Secret Book Stuff

Secret Book Stuff is the amazing project, created by Amy Lovat, which involves random acts of kindness, surprises, and books. All the best things! They are the perfect gift, find out more in our next post! We think it deserves its very own mention!

Live Music this Saturday

Live music is an integral part of showcasing the creative community to Newcastle. Performers on Saturday will include: Soda jazz, Blake Morgan, The Dew Cats, Megan Core, Byren and Yev Kassem



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 or Newcastle, then Harbour Park Car Park is the easiest access and has a flat rate of $5.

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Join Our Stallholder Community This November and December!

 Civic Park, Newcastle. Nov 4th + 18th & Dec 2nd + 16th

Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Nov 25th Christmas Twilight Market.

Hey Makers!! It’s getting to the busy time of year when our creative community swells in anticipation of the summer weather, extra festivities at Olive Tree, and of course the mad dash to Christmas! If you are thinking that you would like to apply for any of our Summer Markets, then now is the time, as we only have limited availabilities for additional stallholders. We don’t want to miss out on fantastic new creatives joining our line-up, so jump over to our apply page, and get cracking with your application!

Don’t forget that we hold additonal dates in November and December, to cater for customer demand, and to make sure we bring a series of amazing individual market events to the community of Newcastle!

We also love to hear from musicans and performers, who would like to be part of what makes the atmosphere and vibe so special at Olive Tree.


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It’s our Spring Seasonal Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery this Saturday, September 23rd, and it’s looking like a stunning day! Bring your friends, discover a great line-up of creatives, sample some delicious treats, relax to local music and discover the amazing gallery. If you haven’t been before you’re in for a treat. Maitland is a quick 30 minutes drive from Newcastle and 2 hours from Sydney. So why not make a day of it!

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