Artists visit Maralinga

Several BMBC artists including Prof Ian Howard, Merilyn Fairskye, Adam Norton and Karen Standke commenced the 1250km long road trip from Adelaide to visit the former British atomic test site at Maralinga.

Launch at National Museum

Black Mist Burnt Country was launched in the First Australians Gallery at the National Museum in Canberra yesterday in the presence of over eighty distinguished guests, including ambassadors, artists, community leaders, government stakeholders and museum staff. 

Tynan receives PM Literary Award

‘Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga story’ has been awarded the PM’s Literary Prize for Australian History. Elizabeth Tynan, who is a James Cook University academic, also wrote an abbreviated version of the history of the British atomic tests in Australia for the exhibition catalogue. The award is a significant recognition of her achievement and follows the CHASS award […]

ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. ICAN, a not-for-profit NGO which was funded in Melbourne ten years ago, was awarded the prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts […]

Venue Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances outside our control the Adelaide venue had to be scratched from the touring itinerary. We have been informed that the State Library of South Australia has not extended the lease for the venue, the City Gallery on North Terrace, which is occupied by the Flinders University Art Museum.

Maralinga book wins award

Christobel Mattingley’s book Maralinga’s Long Shadow – Yvonne’s Story won the Young People’s History Prize at the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards last week.

Exhibition awarded

A the recent Museums Australia Victoria annual Victorian Museums Awards Burrinja received the Small Museums Award for the exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country. The judges labelled the exhibition “outstanding” and commented that the exhibition was “an astonishing exhibition that manages to be both an art and history exhibition, merging the two almost seamlessly, and using a variety […]

Vale Yami Lester OAM

We mourn the passing of Yami Lester, a Yankunytjatjara man, who passed away this week on his country at Wallatinna, near Marla, South Australia. As a young boy he witnessed the effects of the Totem I atomic tests at Emu Field, South Australia, and subsequently lost his eye sight. Later in his life he became the ‘public face’ […]

BMBC receives award at MAGNA

Burrinja is delighted to announce that Black Mist Burnt Country has been awarded at the Museums and Galleries Australia National Conference in Brisbane.

BMBC Online Shop has been launched

We are very happy to announce that our Online Shop has been quietly launched yesterday. Apart from the Exhibition Catalogue you can find a range of interesting books, audio books, and posters on the topic of the Maralinga nuclear tests and atomic weapons in general.