As Australia’s nuclear sub fate is sealed, memories of Maralinga resurface in art

The Australian art canon has a lot to say on the prominent themes currently making headlines.
URanIamWeAreAFAILINGLAND, 2008, synthetic polymer on canvas, by Blak Douglas.

Anyone even vaguely attuned to the recent news cycle will know the attention being paid to the Federal Government’s historic AUKUS nuclear submarine partnership with the US and UK.

The deal means that in 30 years’ time, the Australian Navy will own a fleet of eight Australian-made next-generation nuclear-powered submarines, making it the largest single investment in Australia’s defence capability history.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).