Much has been written about The Olive Tree Market, Newcastle’s leading contemporary Art and Design Market. Since its inception in 2008 The Olive Tree Market has grown both in stature and reputation as a community artisan market, an event that continually draws visitors from near and far wanting to purchase quality handmade work or to simply enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.
Held in the grounds of The Junction Public School the market is set amongst a backdrop of history and some of the areas most beautiful fig trees. Monsoon Living has been lucky enough to be a part of the market for a number of years but has more than once wondered; why is it called The Olive Tree?
So with a little digging the answer can be told. The Olive Tree Market name evolved from its namesake, a beautiful old Olive Tree located inside the school grounds beside the old school hall. The original market took place on the far side of the hall, however as time and popularity grows so too the market, as it has moved to its current location on the other side of the school. Beautiful, old, twisted and gnarly the original Olive Tree remains full of history, a tree many generations of children would have grown up and played around, with roots direct to the community. The market organisers wanted a contemporary art and design market, the first of its kind in Newcastle. Just like the tree the market has grown and evolved over time to the attraction it is today, but there remains many stories yet to be told.
One new chapter set to be written is the upcoming market on 5th July with an exciting trend towards homewares. Monsoon Living will once again be there with a small selection of homewares including woven leather rugs, wire bowls and etched brass vases. Along with The Olive Tree regulars there are some new and exciting stalls. We are loving a new endeavour called Canoe Ceramics by local couple Wyan McAllister and Kyle Roddenby, who create the most beautiful textured ceramics from dishes and bowls to ceramic spoons and tumblers. Each piece is made from slabs of clay and glazed with their own dreamy colours that they lovingly mix by hand.
Canoe Ceramics photography by Wyan McAllister and Kyle Roddenby
5th of July market will also see the launch of HoutenPlank… A simply stunning range of wooden boards (Planks) made from sustainably grown Australian timber. The squarePLANK and the longPLANK are not only perfect for serving and sharing food but also look great in the kitchen.
HoutenPlank photography by Michelle Coghlan
Have you heard of Growingbooks? These guys upcycle secondhand books giving them a new ‘chapter’ in life by turning them in to super cool planters.
The huge lineup of quality stalls at The Olive Tree Market is always impressive and includes great food and an eclectic mix of live local music. So why not come and say hello, meet the makers and select from some amazing pieces made by the hands of our local artisans, and maybe even find the old Olive Tree.
The Olive Tree Market, Saturday 5th July, 9am – 3pm, The Junction Public School. All market images courtesy Justine Gaudry of The Olive Tree Market.