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Art of Football

13 Jun 2017

Art of Football



PUBLIC EXHIBITION: Wednesday 28th June – Saturday 8th July, 2017

WHERE: NAB Docklands, 700 Bourke St, Ground floor entry 

Eleven top AFL players will bare their souls and spirits in an unexpected contemporary art exhibition ‘The Art of Football’ – a series of hand-painted, one-off artworks, on footballs at the NAB building in Docklands, Melbourne from Wednesday June 28th to Saturday 8th July 2017.

‘The Art of Football’ is the idea of surf coast designer Xavier Davies, a good friend of St Kilda AFL player Nick Riewoldt whose sister Maddie lost her battle with BMFS at the age of only 26. For Davies, the exhibition and resulting artworks represent the spirit that Maddie Riewoldt displayed in her fight against Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome (BMFS).

“I wanted to raise awareness of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision (MRV), the not-for-profit created by the Riewoldt’s to fund research to find a cure for Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome (BMFS),” Davies said.

For Nick and his cousin, Richmond footballer Jack Riewoldt, also involved in the exhibition, it is especially significant, commencing the week of ‘Maddie’s Match’ – the AFL’s round 16 clash between St Kilda and Richmond, dedicated to Maddie Riewoldt’s life. Equally, one of Maddie’s best friends and Senior Essendon player, Brendon Goddard, is really moved to be part of the exhibition.

Brendon said: “Maddie’s passing shook our entire football community. To be part of this exhibition is to honour Maddie - my friend, who was like a sister to me and continue to show my strength of support to the whole Riewoldt Family. Bone Marrow Failure affects young people and the long term challenge is to continue to fuel innovation into new treatments, so we don’t lose precious lives. The line-up of support behind this unique exhibition keeps the awareness and ability to raise significant funds growing. In two years, we have raised $1.5 Million and already started funding important research projects. This couldn’t have been done without our united sporting community”.

Davies said:

“The challenge for the artist was to tap into what inspires the athlete and capture it on a football. But for everyone involved in the exhibition the real inspiration was Maddie’s vision, and the opportunity to fight like Maddie.”

The footballs will be highly sought after and the hope is that up to $50,000 will be raised. The proceeds of individual auctions in the months following the exhibition will be 100% donated to Maddie’s Vision.


Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision presents The Art of Football


June 28th to July 8th 2017 – 9am to 5pm daily


NAB Docklands, 700 Collins Street, Melbourne


Nick Riewoldt

Jack Riewoldt

Luke Hodge

Patrick Dangerfield

Nathan Jones

Oliver Wines

Moana Hope

Darcy Vescio

Brendon Goddard

Zachary William

Rory Sloan  

 Xavier Davies 

Kasper Raglu

Callum Preston



Kentaro Yoshida

Madeleine Stamer

Carla McRae

Ling ID

Otis Carey

Luke Day 

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