Installing the exhibition in Sydney

Install has commenced at National Trust SH Ervin Gallery in Sydney for the first installment of the tour. Visit our Facebook page to see some images and for updates. The official opening, less than a week away now, will mark the 60th anniversary of the first atomic test at Maralinga on 27 September 1956.

Catalogue Proofs at the Printer

Another milestone achieved: the proofs for the 96 page exhibition catalogue have been checked at the printer’s in Melbourne. The book is in print and should be ready in a week. Very exciting. Thanks to all contributors, authors and Anna Wolf for the design.

Launch of the tour on 27 September 2016

The Directors of the Board, Burrinja Cultural Centre VIC, together with the President and Board of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and S.H. Ervin Gallery Director will officially launch the national touring exhibition BLACK MIST BURNT COUNTRY Testing the Bomb – Maralinga and Australian Art Curated by JD Mittmann A Burrinja national touring project […]

Change of Tour Dates

Two months before the official launch of the exhibition tour in Sydney, Geraldton Regional Gallery has dropped from the tour regretfully. However, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery have all extended their exhibition periods for a week.

Grant funding successful!

The team at Black Mist Burnt Country are very excited to announce that the project is now official! We have been successful with our application for funding through Visions of Australia, the touring program of the Ministry for Arts. The Minister, The Hon Mitch Fifield made the announcement today. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who has […]

Len Beadell 2 – Maralinga

Emu proved not a suitable site for the lack of water, its remoteness, and the difficult access to it. So he extended his survey to country to the south, closer to the transcontinental railway. The country is marked by and sheer endless number of sand dunes some as much as 20 metres high, with mulga, […]

Len Beadell and the atomic tests at Emu

Among 4WD enthusiasts Len Beadell is known as the ‘last true explorer’. A memorial at Woomera cemetery commemorates him as “explorer surveyor roadmaker” who “opened up the outback to all people”. The Anne Beadell Highway, which runs East to West from Marble Station, 50 km east of Cooper Pedy, to Laverton in Western Australia, was […]

The long legacy of the Woomera Rocket Range

On 15 and 27 October 1953 the British conducted the first land-based atomic tests in Australia, at Emu also known as Emu Field or Emu Junction, a large clay pan, 300 km east of Cooper Pedy. The name stems from a footprint that was spotted in the dried out surface when British top brass arrived […]

Project update and a new Prime Minister

Curator JD Mittmann has returned from another visit to Yalata to meet with community elders and managers to present an overview of the planned exhibition and its touring itinerary. In the meantime PM Tony Abbott was ousted and Malcom Turnbull has become Australia’s new prime minister. A new cabinet was sworn in on Monday. As […]

Visions of Australia program transferred to the Ministry for the Arts

The exhibition project has been transferred to the Ministry of the Arts. It was announced in the 2015-16 Budget that administration of the Visions of Australia program has been transferred from the Australia Council for the Arts to the Ministry for the Arts.