Black Mist Burnt Country
Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art
A Burrinja national touring exhibition
Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists commemorating the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s.
Selected from both public and private collections the exhibition features artworks from the past seven decades, including Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, Ian Howard, Pam Debenham, Toni Robertson, Rosemary Laing among Aboriginal artists such as Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown, Judy Watson, Hilda Moodoo, Yvonne Edwards and others.
Presenting works across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, new media and music, while exploring the varied perspectives and creative approaches of artists from post-WWII modernists to present-day artists.
Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition revisits the little-known history of the British atomic test program at Maralinga, Emu Field and Montebello Islands and examines the impact on people and land, as well as its on-going legacies.
A variety of interactive elements enables visitors to the exhibition to learn about the social, political and environmental dimensions while placing the Australian atomic tests in the context of the nuclear arms race and its present-day realities.
ArtLab with Alicia Jones
Sat 10 June | Session 1: (5 – 10 years) 10am – 11 am $10 | Session 2: (11 – 16 years) 1pm – 2pm $15 | Bookings recommended
The Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition catalogue is available for purchase at the gallery information desk or online HERE.