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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.

Black Mist Burnt Country was previously on show at the National Museum of Australia from 24 August to 18 November 2018.

Exhibition highlights

The exhibition featured 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.


Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art, edited by JD 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.

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

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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.

Logo for Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council. A Burrinja national touring project

Australian Government Visions of Australia,  EDF, Creative Victoria, Gordon Darling Foundation

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

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