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Nuclear – Schools Program

September 17, 2016 @ 9:30 am - November 12, 2016 @ 4:30 pm


Image Credit: Children and Clouds. Courtesy of Alphaville

A showcase of artworks about South Australia’s nuclear history

Adelaide students are invited to experience Nuclear – a multi-arts showcase with strong educational links in key learning areas: Art, Design & Technology, English, Science, History, Society & Environment, Film, Media and Tourism.

Involving more than 50 creative artists – photographers, filmmakers, digital artists, painters, sculptors and writers – the showcase presents the stories of atomic survivors, those Indigenous communities, service personnel and civilian workers who have been directly affected by atomic testing.

‘Nuclear’ presents discoveries about the nuclear age, and fits within a long tradition of artists and communities responding to ‘the bomb’. It sits at the creative junction between history, eye-witness testimony and artistic interpretation.

A centrepiece is ‘Ngurini’ (Searching), an immersive digital projection made with members of the Yalata Anangu Aboriginal community, from far west South Australia, whose lives were changed forever by atomic testing. A second film is ’10 Minutes to Midnight’ which shows the set up and count down to Maralinga’s atomic tests.

This is a unique opportunity to view these films, from inside a large cylindrical arena!

There is more to the showcase, and we suggest a visit of around 90 minutes. It includes:

The two 20 minute digital projections – experiments with immersive video projected on a large cylindrical screen (fits 30 students per screening).

Exhibitions of photography – ‘Portrait of a whistleblower’ and a collection of images from the Irati Wanti campaign against a nuclear waste repository; paintings – ‘Life Lifted into the Sky’; sculpture – ‘Fat Man’ and ‘Tree of Life: Gift of Peace’; and pottery – a collection titled ‘Ebay makes the bomb’.

International artwork conveying stories of hibakusha – the Japanese term for ‘atomic survivor’ – integral to Australia’s Cold War atomic test history.


Proudly bought to you by Alphaville and Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, this project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by Arts SA, Country Arts SA, and the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation.


September 17, 2016 @ 9:30 am
November 12, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
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Troy-Anthony Baylis
8224 3200


Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
253 Grenfell Street
Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia
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