Growing Rural Arts In Nathalia

The G.R.A.I.N Store is a not-for-profit nationally recognized rural arts center with a history of exhibitions, performances and workshops located in a converted grain store shopfront in the middle of town.

The G.R.A.I.N. Store has been designated as a “Model Project” for rural development and arts and a unique relationship has been established with La Trobe University.  It fosters art which furthers community, the environment, rural health, reconciliation and education locally, statewide and nationally while contributing to the economic development of the area.

The G.R.A.I.N. Store acknowledges the Yorta Yorta people of the Yorta Yorta Nations as traditional custodians of the lands skies and waters where we work. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future and recognise the strong connection to culture and innovation that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.


Portrait of Nathalia District

28 August to 6 November

Professional photographer John Donegan lead a team of local photographers on a project to take a photo of every citizen in Nathalia and district. This exhibition features 20 photographers, 650 photos, and 1000 faces.

Making Space on Mondays

Every Monday 10am – 2pm The G.R.A.I.N Store is open via Petticoat Lane, for anyone to come in for a chat or to bring something in to work on.


Open Mic

7 October 5:30-7:30

The G.R.A.I.N. Store invites all experienced and aspiring performers to share 2-3 as a soloist or with a band. You are welcome to play any instrument, sing, or both!

To sign up or ask questions, visit The G.R.A.I.N. Store during opening hours (Thursday-Saturday, 11-4pm) or email Ruby at

Songwriting with Simon Marks

Join a group of collaborators to write a song inspired by POND: Portrait of District Nathalia, the current exhibition showing at
The G.R.A.I.N. Store, with the guidance of professional musician and songwriter, Simon Marks. POND is a photography
exhibition that showcases the work of 20 different photographers, and displays 650 photos with over 1000 faces.
“There will be familiar and not-so-familiar faces. Some familiar faces will be seen in unfamiliar settings.”
John Donegan, lead photographer
Read the full curatorial notes here.
The first songwriting session will be 16 October, 1:30-3:30pm at The G.R.A.I.N. Store (entry via Petticoat Lane).
Free entry! Please book here.

Film-Making with River Loizou

River Loizou will be running a film-making course in term 3 and term 4, with the main purpose of participants building some  basic technical film-making and editing skills. 

The first session of each course will have each participant spell out their current film-making skills/interest and what they hope to get from the other 4 sessions. River will go through what he does and what he is offering to do with us.

Each course will have a maximum of 10 participants and you will be encouraged to work closely and cooperatively with others in the group.

The time and day will be fortnightly  Wednesdays 10.30-12.30 @ The G.R.A.I.N. Store.

Dates for term 4:
5 October
19 October
2 November
16 November
30 November

Cost $20 a session

Promotional video by Jacinta Scadden.