The G.R.A.I.N.Store (Growing Rural Art in Nathalia) addresses art, community, education, reconciliation and environment through exhibitions, workshops and performances.
With two separate yet related exhibitions, this project focuses on two of our rural town, Nathalia’s, greatest challenges: the absolute need for significant steps towards reconciliation and the need to strengthen community (mental and physical health) in this time of pandemic.
Two exhibitions, from July to October, will embrace the part played by art and artists in fostering healthy community, and celebrate the achievements of our community in facing complex challenges.
Art Persists is a curated experience for our community, involving local artists and community members. The project aims to reach far beyond local audiences through social media and our website.
Always Was, Always Will Be (July-August 2020) recognises reconciliation as crucial to our being a “whole’ community. Not only is The G.R.A.I.N. Store acknowledging and celebrating NAIDOC Week but we have planned to have this six-week long NAIDOC exhibition in collaboration with the regionally and nationally significant Aboriginal art centre, Kaiela Arts, as well as including key Aboriginal works from local collections.
Picturing a Decade of Resilience (September-October 2020) celebrates art’s healing power in times of crisis. In addition to images taken by local photographers picturing our community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will feature works drawn from previous exhibitions, that show how over the past decade, our community pulled together in adversity: through drought, bushfire, floods and now COVID-19.
Donations will contribute to payment of artist fees, curation costs and venue hire of the street front gallery window in the centre of Nathalia, through which passes Murray Valley Highway traffic.
Donations will also contribute to the production of quality brochures and documentation.
With these two exhibitions not only will we provide opportunities and audience for artists’ work as they grapple with major life issues, we will reflect back to our community the strengths they will continually be able to draw upon when facing the further challenges (economic, social and emotional) of the next few years.