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The meaning behind Marrawuy Journeys

Marrawuy (Mar-ra-way) in Ngiyampaa means red kangaroo and was the totem of one of Sarah's ancestors, Richard King. This is one of the reasons she has chosen to go by Marrawuy Journeys but the other is the fact that a kangaroo can’t easily jump backwards. This also resonates strongly with Sarah because no matter what challenge she is thrown, she keeps moving forward.

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Sarah Richards

I am a Ngiyampaa woman born on Gadigal land (Sydney) and grew up on Wiradjuri (Griffith) and Yugambeh (Gold Coast) country before moving down to Ngunnawal country (ACT) in 2012. Since I was a young child I have always loved to be creative and in particular, be creative through painting. In 2018, I used the knowledge from my commerce degree to turn my passion from a hobby into a small business and created Marrawuy Journeys. In August 2021, I made the decision to focus full-time on delivering my vision for Marrawuy Journeys. I believe that we all have something to heal from and if we can heal as individuals, it will contribute to our healing as a country.



Sarah's personal journey of healing

For many years I struggled with the desire to paint because I was unable to shake the feeling of disconnection. I have often been questioned about my heritage due to my lighter skin, the non-traditional colours and stories of my paintings. My great grandmother was part of the Stolen Generation and was taken to Cootamundra Girls Home (CGH), and the traditional stories and methods of my mob were not passed down. However, when I moved to Ngunnawal country in 2012 I started my personal journey to build a new connection to my culture.

In early 2017 I chose to make peace with my lack of knowledge of traditional stories and instead, made the decision to move forward with incorporating my own journey and experiences into pieces of artworks. It was a timely realisation, because being at peace with my painting helped me move through the instance of compounded grief that followed later that year. Painting played a significant role in processing my grief. 

As time passed and I reflected on my journey as an artist, it became evident that I have been using painting as an outlet for many years, dating back to my university days. During university, I stopped painting to focus on my degree. However, towards the end of my degree, my first serious relationship came to an end and I was devastated - as you are when you are that age. Not wanting to feel that way again, I made the conscious decision that I would never again rely solely on another person to bring me happiness. So I went on a journey of self-discovery and turned to my painting to do that.

Fast forward to the present and painting plays a key role in my ongoing wellbeing. Having a creative outlet allowed me to undergo a journey of healing and through Marrawuy Journeys I create opportunities for others to experience the same.



Your support and encouragement is why Marrawuy Journeys exists today.

Thank you to my family and friends for ongoing encouragement, in particular my baby brother Sam who followed me down to Ngunnawal country and continues to be one of my biggest fans. 

Thank you to my wonderful husband Darren for his ongoing support and allowing me to overtake his shed with boxes of blank canvas and for later building me my very own studio with it’s own storage space. 

Thank you to my past work colleagues from Department of Finance, PwC and PIC, and Perinatal Wellbeing Centre for their ongoing support. 

Thank you to Yarpa for providing me with guidance and support to accelerate attaining my dream of running my own business full-time. 

Thank you to all my clients for your business and entrusting me to create pieces of artwork that reflect your personal journeys.

And a big thank you to the Aboriginal artists who have inspired and supported me over the years. Two in particular are Dhala Dreaming and Burrunju Gallery. Dhala Dreaming used to have a store at Harbour Town on the Gold Coast that I always loved going into. I can remember being inspired by their beautiful pieces and vibrant colours and having a chat and them providing me with guidance. Then when I moved to Ngunnawal country, when I had almost given up on finding a gallery to showcase my pieces, the Burrunju gallery saw my pieces at the ACT NAIDOC Family Day and said “bring them in” and have encouraged and supported me ever since. 

So thank you to you all, I couldn't do it without you.


Acknowledgement of Country

I wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land I live, work and paint on, the Ngunnawal people. I wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.



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