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Folk Songwriting Workshop with Fred Smith

21 May 2023, 10-11:30am
Tickets: $25
Age: 15+

Looking at the great Australian narrative song writing tradition from Lawson to Kev Carmody to Paul Kelly, this workshop teaches participants how to build songs that tell stories with issues in their own communities. Uniquely Australian, this style of storytelling songwriting is rarely taught and will provide participants with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from a master of the art form.

Stories in the Sky

A printmaking workshop with Robyn Thompson

13 May 2023, 10-4pm
Tickets: $80

This workshop will interest artists, print makers and storytellers. Please bring an apron, a 2B pencil and a piece of your favourite text, poem, lyrics, artwork or photograph of the sky that inspires you. All other materials provided.

Biography: Robyn Thompson is a Drawing & Print Teacher, focusing on artist books and storytelling with
local Aboriginal Artists in particular, during the last 13 years in Northern Victoria. She values the role Visual arts plays in community renewal, working as a Community Cultural Development Practitioner. Qualifications include: 2007 Masters Community Cultural Development Practice, 2001 Bachelor Fine Arts, Honours Printmaking, Victorian College of Arts – University of Melbourne and undergraduate
training 2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts – Printmaking, Centre for the Arts, UTAS, Hobart.

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.

Zoe McNair Celebrates Spring

Join Zoe on a collaborative bower project to celebrate spring.

Participants will create posies with the option to take them home or leave them to be displayed at The G.R.A.I.N. Store.
BYO a bucketful of a mixture of stiff and flexible foliage, including whatever flowers you can find.

Free entry! (please book)

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.

$20 for a session

Book for term 3

Creative Nature Journalling
with Linden Lancaster

Linden Lancaster is a local textile and mixed media artist who uses a journal as an important part of her creative process. Using nature as the inspiration, she will take you through all the basics of journalling but with a creative twist. These three workshops over three months will be sequential, so it is strongly advised to sign up to all of them. You do not need any drawing or ‘artistic’ skills to do this course. You will be given homework to do after each session (but not overly taxing). Materials list will be given upon booking.

Saturday 2 July:
Observational drawing, soluble/permanent pens and pencils, pocket cameos

Saturday 6 Aug:
Watercolour ‘play’, frottage, stamp making

Saturday 3 Sep:
Compositional layouts, text and photos, altering the journal, geli printing with feathers.

Book all sessions for $210

Collage Portraits with Ruby Wyatt-Carter

Ruby Wyatt-Carter is a local artist who experiments with many different mediums but her technique for paper collage stands out as particularly unique. In this workshop, Ruby will take you through step by step how to turn a photo of a beloved person or animal into a beautiful collage.

Minimal artistic experience required.
Materials list will be given upon booking.

Book workshop tickets for $40

Broken Creek:
Small Town Anthropologies

Saturday April 9 10am-12pm (workshop)
Saturday April 9 7pm-8:30pm (performance)

To celebrate the release of their debut album ‘Small Town Anthropologies’, Chamber folk duo Broken Creek (Erin Lancaster and Lachlan Heycox) are giving a special performance at The G.R.A.I.N. Store to launch their album which will feature a ‘pop up choir’ formed from the workshop
participants to be known as The Broken Creek Chorale. Locals are invited to join in the performance with a ‘Pop Up Choir’ workshop. No musical skill or experience is necessary, just a willingness to give it a go and learn some beautiful folk music.

Monthly Drawing Classes at The G.R.A.I.N. Store

A four session course to improve your drawing with local artists Amanda Hocking and Tim Hocking. No experience or skills necessary, just a willingness to learn and have fun with a group of other drawing students! All materials included, bring your lunch along.

Saturday 6th March: Drawing Basics, 10am – 4pm, $60

Saturday 10th April: Intermediate Drawing, 10am – 4pm, $60

Saturday 1st May: Life Drawing, 10am – 4pm, $60

Saturday 5th June: Still Life Drawing, 10am – 4pm, $60

Book single sessions or the
whole course for $240

Making Space on Mondays – special shadow puppetry workshop

Come and join The G.R.A.I.N. Store team at our regular Making Space on Mondays creative catch up to construct some local nocturnal creatures to contribute to a shadow puppetry display. This is a free event and a light lunch will be provided.

Book by clicking the link below:
Monday 15th March, 10am – 2pm

After working so beautifully with students from Nathalia Primary School and some adult members of our community via Zoom in 2020, Jens has woven the ideas and creatures already made into an exhibition to be launched in the front gallery in February. We would love for more of the community of all ages and abilities to get involved with the development of this magical tinker space that will be inhabited by kinetic sculptures.

Wunderkammer will be a chamber of wonders, tripling as installation, mechanical performance and improbable storyteller. It allures the visitors to participate in an interactive exhibition experience full of playful contraptions that are part of unusual stage performances by Jens Altheimer. Their design is a mix between old mechanisms, and transformed everyday objects. With a hint of tongue-in-cheek digital technology thrown into the mix. The exhibition is an immersive, playful and multi- sensory experience for audiences of all ages in the intersection of art, technology, communication and tinkering.


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