Black Mist Burnt Country

Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art

Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists which commemorates the little known story of the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s.

Art Exhibition previously on in Other Regional New South Wales precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Saturday 16 September 2017 to Sunday 26 November 2017
Launch Friday 15 September 2017, 6pm

Tjarutja Tragedy image One Dozen Considerations - Emu - Totem 1 image Road to Maralinga II image Prohibited area image

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Black Mist Burnt Country brings together artworks from public and private collections from the past seven decades across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, new media and music.

From post-WWII modernists to contemporary artists, the exhibition invites visitors to explore the varied perspectives and creative approaches. Included are works by Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, Ian Howard, Pam Debenham, Toni Robertson, Rosemary Laing among Aboriginal artists Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown, Judy Watson, Hilda Moodoo, Yvonne Edwards and others.

The exhibition revisits the history of the atomic test program the British undertook at Maralinga, Emu Field and Montebello Islands and examines its on-going legacies. Works of art tell the story of the forced removal of Indigenous people, the radioactive contamination of the land, the exposure of servicemen and civilian personnel.

A variety of interactive elements will enable visitors to learn about the social, political and environmental dimensions, while placing the Australian story in the wider context of the nuclear arms race during the Cold War and beyond.


Glasshouse Regional Gallery
32-40 Clarence Street
Port Macquarie 2444