Brisbane exhibition – opens 21 July 10 Minutes to Midnight

The Block, Queensland University of Technology

21 July to 7 August 2015

Australia’s atomic experiment legacies brought to life at QUT

Exhibition Brochure

Nuclear Futures is pleased to announce the Brisbane presentation of 10 Minutes to Midnight featuring works by Award winning artists and international guests – 21st July to 7th August.

OPENING NIGHT Tuesday 21 July, 5.00pm-7.00pm.

Introduced by Yalata elders and opened by Maxine Goodwin, Australian nuclear veteran descendent.

Audiences will experience Australia’s atomic test stories via two twenty-minute immersive projection installations, digital artworks, sculpture, contemporary photomedia, rare archival artifacts and footage, interwoven with an exciting events program linked with the exhibition.

The showcase sits at the creative junction between historical fact, eye-witness testimony and artistic interpretation, responding to the slow public reveal and long-term legacies arising from the British run atomic experiments at Emu Field and Maralinga in South Australia, and Monte Bello in Western Australia, during the 1950s and 60s.

Inspiration has been drawn from community relationships with Pitjantjatjara Anangu communities affected by the tests in remote South Australia; nuclear veteran and whistleblower Avon Hudson, a leading public campaigner for nuclear veterans’ rights; Japanese hibakusha (atomic survivors); and other international atomic survivor communities.


The timing of the exhibition coincides with the 70-year anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. Included in the exhibition is the stunning work of third generation Japanese hibakusha (atomic survivor) Yukiyo Kawano who has created a life size silk atomic bomb sculpture – crafted from pieces of translucent kimono fabric and sewn together with strands of her own hair (carrying DNA imprints from the bomb). An Australian premiere of Kawano’s work.

During the exhibition period the creative team will be hosting arts-based and educational events such as: film screenings, a script workshop with QUT Drama students with leading Australian playwright John Romeril; two Young Scholars masterclasses with digital artist Linda Dement; a school visits program; and an academic seminar.

10 Minutes to Midnight has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and Arts SA. It is presented by Alphaville, as part of the Nuclear Futures program.

10 Minutes to Midnight is on at The Block, QUT Creative Industries Precinct.

21 July to 7 August 2015 Weekdays 2.00pm–6.00pm Saturday 25 July 10.00am–3.30pm | Sunday 26 July 8.30am–3.30pm


For information or to RSVP to Opening Night contact: or 0422178739.

The Block, QUT Creative Industries Precinct Cnr Kelvin Grove Road and Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove |