Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art - Art Collector

Paul Ogier, One Tree,2010. Carbon pigment on rag paper, 94 x 117cm. Courtesy: the artist and S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney

 A national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists marking the British atomic test series in Australia. Sixty years after the events this exhibition revisits the history of the test program at places such as Maralinga, Emu and Montebello Island, through works across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, music and new media spanning seven decades.

Selected from public and private collections the exhibition features works by Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown, Hilda Moodoo, Yvonne Edwards, Ian Howard, Pam Debenham, Toni Robertson, Rosemary Laing, Judy Watson, Kate Shaw, Paul Ogier, Yhonnie Scarce and others. A variety of interactive elements will enable visitors to contemplate the impact of atomic testing in Australia on country and people. It places the Australian tests in the context of the wider history of the nuclear arms race and its contemporary realities.

The exhibition is curated by JD Mittmann. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and developed through the National Exhibition Touring Support (NETS) Victoria with financial assistance of the Gordon Darling Foundation.


  Exhibition opens: 24 September 2016
Exhibition closes: 30 October 2016
Location: S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney
Contact: 02 9258 0173
Website: www.shervingallery.com.au

About S.H Ervin Gallery
The S.H. Ervin Gallery is one of Sydney’s leading public art institutions housed in the historic National Trust Centre on Observatory Hill, The Rocks in Sydney. The Gallery’s exhibition program is designed to explore the richness and diversity of Australian art, both historical and contemporary, and present it in new contexts. The Gallery is renowned for encouraging research and promoting scholarly appraisal of artists from all periods of Australian art history. In addition, the S.H. Ervin Gallery has developed an excellent name for presenting important exhibitions and programs that recognise the valuable contribution made by Australian women artists.

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