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Black Mist Burnt Country

Black Mist Burnt Country

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Until 18 November 2018 | First Australians Focus Gallery | Free

Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art is an award-winning national touring exhibition of artworks telling the story of British atomic testing in Australia during the 1950s.

The exhibition features works from public and private collections by more than 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists including Sidney Nolan, Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown, Arthur Boyd, Rosemary Laing, Pam Debenham, Toni Robertson, Judy Watson, Hilda Moodoo, Albert Tucker, Yvonne Edwards and more.


Wednesday 17 October 2018, 2–4.30pm | Visions Theatre | Free  | Registrations essential

Global security through nuclear weapons? Join our expert panel for an examination of the current nuclear situation and the outlook for the future. More on the symposium

Exhibition highlights

  • Artwork featuring a blue sky with white and orange pillowy clouds, trees and an orange coloured hill
    Blak Douglas
  • A painting depicting a red desert with grey and white clouds
    Karen Standke
  • black and white artwork featuring a tree in a dismal looking landscape
    Paul Ogier
  • Rosemary Laing
  • Artwork featuring a sign fixed to two poles
    Adam Norton
  • paint on canvas
    Hilda Moodoo and Jeffrey Queama
  • Kate Downhill
  • Jessie Boylan
  • a painting of black and white figures with a brown background
    Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown
  • Hugh Ramage
  • Kate Shaw


Black Mist Burnt Country. Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art, edited by J D Mittmann, with essays by Mima Smart and Russell Bryant, Liz Tynan, JD Mittmann, Mick Broderick and Tilman Ruff, an introduction by Ross Farnell and foreword by Peter Garrett.

$40 at the Museum Shop or

Buy online

Paperback, 210 x 300 mm (portrait), full colour, 96 pages
Burrinja (Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre Inc), 2016
ISBN 978 0 9923357 2 4

Education resource

Download from the exhibition website the free Black Mist Burnt Country – Testing the Bomb: Maralinga and Australian Art education resource PDF for year 9–12 students.

Developed by Dr Jo Clyne from the History Teachers Association of Victoria.


Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art is a Burrinja national touring exhibition

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program. It has received development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund Grant, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Further financial assistance was received from Gordon Darling Foundation.

The project is supported by Anangu Pitjantjatjara people in Yalata and Oak Valley Maralinga, in partnership with Yalata Anangu Aboriginal Corporation.

Australian Government Visions of Australia,  EDF, Creative Victoria, Gordon Darling FoundationLogo for Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council. A Burrinja national touring project

Museums Australia Victoria 2017 Victorian Museum Awards Winner. Museums and Galleries National Awards Temporary or Travelling Exhibition Highly Commended.

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