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Maljah Cathy Snow Barlawink – My Mother’s Country

Sat 9 October 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Sat October 9, 2021

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until Sat October 9, 2021

One event on Sat September 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Maljah Cathy Snow Barlawink – My Mother’s Country

Event by Cairns Art Gallery.


Cathy Snow was born into the Gkuathaarn clan in Normanton, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. She spent her childhood on Magowra Station, on her mother’s country.


Her bush name, Maljah, means lightning and comes from her grandmother’s dreaming. Later in life she leaned that her grandfather’s name meant floodwaters. This knowledge inspired her to create artworks about water and water themes, including salt and freshwater mussels, water birds and plants, and the complex patterning of tidal water marks. For Cathy, the ability to share her stories and culture through her art, particularly with her children and grandchildren, is profoundly important and rewarding. “My art allows me to express my culture, my love of and connection with the land.  The use of my trademark colours, red and black, express my appreciation for the land, the sea, and my youth.”


Cathy is passionate about sharing culture and stories with wider audiences and says that every day she is excited by the challenges of creating a new artwork which can inspire other Indigenous artists to follow their dreams and keep their culture strong.


Exhibition runs from 4th September until 9th October 2021.

Cathy Snow Exhibition Celebration

Saturday 4th September – 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition Barlawink, My Mother’s Country at an informal event with artist Maljah Cathy Snow. Please note, there will be no formal speeches, however, the curator and the artist will be available to discuss this new series of works.

All welcome to attend. RSVP appreciated due to COVID-19 restrictions – Book tickets for Celebration through Cairns Art Gallery.

Works from the exhibition will be available for sale on the day.


IMAGE: Maljah Cathy Snow, Billabong Scene II,


Sat 9 October 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Cairns Art Gallery
07 4046 4800
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