Prolific artist and mother of two NRL Cowboys House students, Margaret Mara has been commissioned to create this year’s Indigenous artwork to feature on the official House polo shirt.
The appointment builds on Margaret’s connection to the House through art following her involvement in the donation of 20 artworks by Wei’Num Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Crafts Corporation in 2021.
The NRL Cowboys House polo shirt will be worn by students, staff and partners, with the public able to secure their own limited-edition House shirt when the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Indigenous range drops at Cowboys Team Shop later this year.
The commissioning of the artwork continues the club’s commitment to celebrating and recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures, with the unique design set to also feature on the club’s NRL Indigenous Round jersey in Round 12.
NRL Cowboys House will launch the rollout of Margaret’s unique design at a special shirt handover event for students this month, marking an important milestone on the House calendar and giving members, fans and supporters their first glimpse of the design.
With past Cowboys Indigenous jersey designs originating from the annual jersey design competition, Chief Community & Government Relations Officer Fiona Pelling paid tribute to the artists whose designs have adorned the club’s Indigenous jerseys and House polo shirts.
“We’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing Indigenous artists and had the privilege of creating a range of stunning Indigenous jerseys over more than ten years of the Cowboys Indigenous Jersey Design Competition,” she said.
“We’re proud to have been able to provide a national platform for these artists to showcase their inspiring designs and they’re part of our club history.
“In working exclusively with the very talented Margaret Mara on this year’s design, we’ve been able to tap into a special connection with NRL Cowboys House that we’re excited to share with our Cowboys community in 2022.”
Margaret’s work has previously featured in magazines as well as joint and solo local shows, while her paintings are also featured in private collections nationally and internationally.
Stay tuned to Cowboys Community Foundation channels for more information on the 2022 Indigenous range!