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30 May, 2022

Mapoon artist’s work on full display in NRL game

The North Queensland Cowboys donned a jersey designed by a Cape York artist on Friday night.

By Matt Nicholls

Queensland Governor Jeanette Young with Margaret Mara at NRL Cowboys House.

THE Cowboys didn’t get the result they wanted but Margaret Mara was still proud of their performance in jerseys she designed.

North Queensland lost 22-0 to reigning premiers Penrith on Friday night as part of the NRL’s Indigenous round.

The Cowboys were wearing a special strip designed by Ms Mara, a highly regarded Mapoon artist.

She said accepting the phone call to commission her as the artist for the Indigenous design “blew her mind”.

“Seeing the Cowboys running out on the field wearing the jersey with my design will be like my artwork coming to life, my story telling itself to all watching,” Ms Mara said.

“I will feel very proud as an Indigenous artist to be associated with a team that is involved in the education of our youth.

“It’s also special because of my positive experiences with NRL Cowboys House as my two daughters currently board there, and also being involved with the primary school in Mapoon, seeing firsthand the positive impact the Cowboys have on our students through Try for 5.

Ms Mara also designed the shirts and singles for students at NRL Cowboys House.

Cowboys star Valentine Holmes dons Margaret’s jersey design.

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